How To Ride A Scooter For The First Time In India or Elsewhere

How To Ride A Scooter For The First Time In India or Elsewhere
A few days ago we finally rented our own scooter. It was an exciting moment because I have fantasized many times about owning a scooter and driving around in Italy (kind of different to India). So, yesterday I attempted to ride it for the first time. I had never tried to ride any kind of motor bike before, but I thought it was pretty easy to ride a scooter. (more…)

Indian Style Birthday Celebration

Indian Style Birthday Celebration
While in rural India, I was invited to Vaishnavi's 19th birthday. Shekhar picked me up in his scooter at 6pm and we headed to town where Vaishnavi lives. I was staying in the outskirts of the town/city. This was my first time attending a traditional Indian style birthday celebration. (more…)

Mechanics, Children, and the Doodhwala (Milkman)

Mechanics, Children, and the Doodhwala (Milkman)
Today, Josh, Shekhar, a rickshaw man and I went to town to see the mechanic because Josh wanted to know more about the insides of the rickshaw.  I decided to come along just because. I took a few pictures of these mechanics working, but I got bored quickly. I wasn't very interested after 10 minutes, maybe because I am a girl. (more…)

An Unexpected Afternoon

An Unexpected Afternoon
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"] Nikita, left and Vaishnavi, right. (Photo by Josh)[/caption] Today, another little adventure showed up on my door. Around 5pm, two girls knocked on our door and asked to come in. Nikita age 11, and Vaishnavi age 10 happen to be our neighbors. I was actually in the bathroom when they arrived, and I found Josh and these two girls in our porch drinking cokes. (more…)

My First Time Wearing A Sari

My First Time Wearing A Sari
Today, I went to Shekhar's friend house so that the grandma would teach me how to make Kheer, Indian rice pudding.  It has quickly become one of my favorite Indian desserts. When we were ready to go, the girl wanted to ask me something but she was shy. I saw Shekhar and her talking in hindi infront of me for a while. From their body behaviour I could tell Shekhar was telling her to tell

A Food Gift From A Quirky Indian Festival

A Food Gift From A Quirky Indian Festival
Today, our cook wasn't supposed to come, but she arrived with her son around 4pm with a bag and a dabba, which is an Indian-style tiffin carrier, with several layered containers that come apart, each filled with different cooked foods. (more…)

Photos: A Gift From The Field

Photos: A Gift From The Field
Josh and I went for a walk, and when we got to the field after crossing the train tracks, we saw some women, men and children working in the field. It seemed they were harvesting. One women motioned me to come and offered me some of what they were harvesting. They were some kind of beans in a skinny green pod. She gave me a bunch and I put them in my bag. Josh and

Fresh Indian Food Cooking (and Rooftop Neighbor Chat)

Fresh Indian Food Cooking (and Rooftop Neighbor Chat)
One of the things I am loving about India, (and this area in particular) is how fresh the food is. There is only one "grocery" store, no chains, and produce markets and stands everywhere, so all the cooking is organic and fresh without even trying. At the shop next door you order spices and they give you the amount you want wrapped in a piece of paper. (more…)