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.

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The Difference Between Coriander and Cilantro

The Difference Between Coriander and Cilantro

Did you know that Coriander and Cilantro are the same thing? Read on…

During my Indian cooking experience as an observant, I wanted to learn the names of the ingredients in Marathi and Hindi. One of the first ingredients I learned was kothimbir, green herbs that are used in my house pretty much daily. I smelled them, and they smelled just like cilantro to me. Continue reading

My New Feline Friend

My New Feline Friend

I saw a greyish/brownish cat in my backyard a couple weeks ago. I decided to buy some cat food and leave some in the backyard every day. For many days the food disappeared but I never saw who was eating it. I know there are a couple cats and dogs around. Continue reading

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.

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Mechanics, Children, and the Doodhwala (Milkman)

Mechanics, Children, and the Doodhwala (Milkman)

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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. Continue reading

An Unexpected Afternoon

An Unexpected Afternoon
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Nikita, left and Vaishnavi, right. (Photo by Josh)

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. Continue reading

My First Time Wearing A Sari

My First Time Wearing A Sari

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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 me, and she would giggle and make shy eyes. Eventually they both asked me if I had time to stay, and I said sure. Continue reading

List: Things I Miss From my USA Life Part II

List: Things I Miss From my USA Life Part II
  1. Guglhupf: my favorite bakery/cafe/restaurant back in the US.
  2. Extra sharp cheddar cheese (Cabot Extra Sharp too be specific. I seriously recommend it.)
  3. Quiet sleep.
  4. The trash trucks that pickup your trash every week. (The things we take for granted, right?)
  5. Baby spinach.
  6. Berries (strawberries/blueberries/raspberries…)
  7. Bagels and cream cheese.
  8. Having a closet.
  9. Kraft Mac & Cheese (who doesn’t love some for a quick comfort dinner every now and then?)
  10. Parmigiano-Reggiano  (I guess the secret is out: I am a cheese lover).
  11. Wine (The ability to find cheap good wine very easily).
  12. Canned tuna.
  13. Better chocolate (Cadbury is alright but I am spoiled with Lindt Sea Salt Dark Chocolate which I could find easily in the US).
  14. A better camera (We had to give up our DSLR before coming to India, and for now, I am stuck with my phone and a used point and shoot).
  15. Our reclining sofa where we used to catch up on shows and snuggle with Simba, the best cat ever.
  16. Did I mention washer and dryer in my first list? I did, but it deserves a double mention.
  17. Same with house tenant bugs.

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I Never Knew I Would Be So Happy About Windows

I Never Knew I Would Be So Happy About Windows
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The path to our backyard.

We live about 100 feet from the train tracks. Trains come about every hour , which we don’t really mind during the day, but as you can imagine it is not very pleasant at night, AT ALL. Josh almost lives with earplugs, but if I sleep with them, I wake up with a headache. Continue reading