In my most recent list of Indian dishes I want to make, I included kheer, the Indian rice pudding. It is a lot more delicious and exotic than regular rice pudding. Although I would never deny a Mexican rice pudding either.
I finally got all the ingredients I needed to make kheer, and two afternoons ago, I made kheer for the first time, and I did with success. The recipe is very simple. Continue reading
There are so many things I had to live with and was NOT accustomed to when I moved to India. Slowly, some of those things are becoming tolerable. Some are still not. One may experience culture shock when moving to a different country, and usually, when people visit or move to India, those things include: massive poverty, adults and kids doing their private business out on the streets, the crazy roads, the smells, the cows, the staring, the dirtiness, the crowds… As soon as you step out of the Chhatrapati Shivaji (Bombay) Airport, chaos is apparent. (On a side note, every time I arrive to India, the airport has been improved.) Continue reading
We have been living in India for two months now and I already know so much more about Indian food than I ever knew before living here. Even after having visited India over ten times and been to many Indian restaurants around the world. There are so many Indian dishes I’d like to try to make at home. Continue reading
I have been to India many times (before residing here), and though hot, I have never needed A/C. So when Josh said he wanted to get A/C when we moved to the house, I was skeptical. I thought it wasn’t necessary. I kept thinking “we’ll see.” Very ironic, because I complain about heat a lot during the summer. My body’s cooling system is broken, so once it gets hot, it takes many hours to cool down, causing me what I call, “heat headaches”. I don’t know. And India’s weather was one of the things that worried me before making the move. Continue reading
Josh and I were taking a walk in this Indian land where we are now expats, when he suddenly says: “I just realized the sky is there, and it looks the same as the sky in America.” He goes on saying: “If you look down or around, everything is different to America, the ground is different, the people are different, the animals are different. But the sky is the same. If the sky was red I would be okay with it because I would just think: Oh we are in a different planet. But if I look up at the blue sky, I can feel at home.” Continue reading
It was 11:40pm on a Friday, and my husband and I were working on our computers a couple meters apart from each other. This is the usual sighting in our house every night… when he suddenly says: “it’s Friday already?!” to which I responded: “it’s the end of Friday.” Technically, in about 20minutes, it was going to be Saturday already. But he said: “I don’t think you get it, we live in different time zones.” and I said: “I get it, I just forget.” Continue reading
We were heading home when suddenly, we saw a man with his two cows, and other men surrounding them, walking up the hill. These cows were all decorated with balloons and powdered paint. The only camera we had on hand, was Josh’s phone (which has a pretty crappy camera, unfortunately.)
He took some video and followed them towards Meher Baba’s Samadhi, where they were headed. I sat on a nearby bench and waited. Continue reading
In the last few days I have been driving by some tents with people making statues of Ganesh (The elephant Hindu God). Then I learned that Ganesh Chaturthi, a big Hindu Festival, is coming soon.
During Ganesh Chaturthi, the birth of Lord Ganesha (the son of Shiva and Parvati), is celebrated. This festival lasts 10 days, and begins on the fourth day of the waxing moon period, during the Hindu month: Bhaadra. These dates usually fall between August 19th and September 20th. This year, it begins on September 9th. Continue reading