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[3.12-3.15]My Indian Family!

Here's one of the best part of my having been in India for ten days -- living in a real Indian family!!! my boss decided that i should live with a local family for the first couple days so that i could better fit in. i got so thrilled knowing that. then i finally got to meet with the family late at night right after i came back from Gandhinagar. this was a Hindu family with a mom, a dad, a sister and two brothers. big brother Decpak is a ridiculouly funny guy, who is now a great friend of mine; sister Swati is a great chef who runs a cooking class, and she's a huge believer of Hinduism as her mom, she would talk with me about spiritual world, the meaning of our existence and stuff. we would sit for a whole afternoon chatting. it was great fun; and the youngest brother Haris is a cool guy. she goes to college, majoring in commerce, (see, not all of the Indian guys study engineering!) and he's curious about everything. i learned how to make Chai ("spiced tea", the most popular beverage of the Indian subcontinent) from the mom -- crush some ginger in a mortar, put it in boiling water, add tea leaves and milk and a ridiculously amount of sugar, wait for it to boil again and it's ready. (you should try Indian sweets, they are just SUGARY...) Chai is definitely one of my favorite though.
Haris making Chai in the kichen

Haris making Chai in the kichen


Chai

Chai

At night, we would have a long drive simply to get a taste of Gola (a snow cone filled with crushed ice topped with flavored sugar syrup); we would hit the movie theatre for Hindi movies (which i totally didn't understand since they do not offer English subtitles for Hindi movies) that last for at least two hours, averagely tho for three hours; we would visit late-night food market and have a great time savoring Indian cuisine; and Decpak even took me to this place where he would often go to when he felt like being alone, it was a bridge which looks over a massive area of plain.
Swati's vegii sandwich

Swati's vegii sandwich

i loved the family so much and it was just too bad i had to be shifted to a new flat after four days. i always remember this poster in the house -- it is a breath-taking portrait of God Krishna, below was a caption that says: the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

I loved it.
auspicious red dots on me

auspicious red dots on me

Posted by claire.lee 16:12 Archived in India Tagged chai

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