Dbell is touring the dean around Amdavad for architecture, temples and step wells. So I am own my own. Probably because he doesn’t want me to talk too much. Can you imagine that? So when I decided on some fruit and water, the cupboard was bare! That meant I had to wak down the lane, and cross Samved Hospital Road, all by myself. After all this time it still terrifies me and I have to hold the nearest available hand. . . husband, student. . .
Well Sunday traffic is lighter, but only a little. I grant you that but that is by Indian standards! Well I set out to do my shopping. Granted I could miss a few meals but that isn’t fun! Our little vendor man has a shop similar to the image above where he sells cigarettes one by one, candy , all sorts of Indian and American snacks. He had peanuts today which doesn’t always have and that made me happy . I also bought some Lay’s Chili Lemon chips and large bottle of mineral water an absolute necessity. Because I had to wait as he finished with another customer, he gave me a small cup of chai! I bought 2 individual bags of chips, a bad of shelled peanuts and three large waters for 140 rupees is about $2.30!
He greeted me with “KimChow” ( How are you ?)
I replied with , “Majama!” ( I am fine!) This and Namaste are pretty much the extinct of my Indian languages and oh yes, Abar which is thank you. Well anyway, my attempts are met with a big Indian laugh as they are surprised that the American auntie knows any Gujurati! These little moments will be forever with me!
I bought some bananas , oranges and a couple of mangoes at his behest. I thought mango season begins in April , but maybe these are imported or just early. I also remember that for the Indians ,Alfonsos are the mango of choice which they look forward to each spring!
Now I am safely back in the hostel. What shall I eat first with my high carb lunch? Oh yes, it must be the mango while I am very hungry and can enjoy its juicy pulp to the fullest~
This Is Incredible India!
images from Google public domain
Here is my initial post on the “King of Fruits”