The Taste of India

From the moment you arrive, you know you are in India. There is no place else on earth that has this big a mixture of smells, sounds and colors. It instantly overwhelms you. I also believe that you either instantly fall in love or hate it. Will you see abject poverty? Yes! Will you see filth like you didn’t think could exist in this day and age? Yes! You will also see some of the most kind, beautiful and resourceful people on the planet. You will get an extravagant treat for the eyes, ears and palate.

Tuk Tuks

From the moment you arrive, the first thing you will notice is there are a lot of people. A lot of traffic. A buzz of activity that makes a bee hive seem spacious and quiet.

India Traffic.jpg
What lanes?

But somehow it all works. It is like the world’s craziest choreographed dance. I lost count of how many entire families I saw precariously balanced on a tiny scooter. It all seemed like controlled chaos. It was all very beautiful and exciting to me.

You would be hard pressed to put it up messier

You could spend a lifetime walking around these amazing streets. You have never seen so much color. You have never smelled so many enticing scents. Everything is turned up to volume 11!

India Outdoor Market
Me pondering if I could pull off wearing a Sari

At the time the Rupee was at 50 to 1 with the American Dollar. Everything I ate, drank and purchased seemed impossibly cheap. I had no idea what half what I was eating was. I loved finding out.

Ordered 5-6 random food items from a display case. Cost $2
Street Peanuts
Selling nuts on the street that were warmed over kerosene.
Naan being made in the street

I was most amazed with the sheer organization that was coming out of the chaos. Open air laundries with hundreds of thousands of items that looked alike. Food delivery to hundreds of thousands of office workers that is picked up at their homes and delivered to their offices at a precise time. Work being done with tools and machines from long before I was born. All of it was better than any Discovery Channel show you could ever see.

INdia Outdoor Laundry
Mumbai open air laundry
Coals inside an iron

Everything you have heard about cows being hands off is true. I saw countless cows wandering thru traffic and even joining us at the beach. We rented a spacious houseboat for a day and even went thru a tour of Gandhi’s Bombay residence. I plan on returning as soon as I can and my next trip will be for much, much longer.

Snake charmer
Guy risked life and limb for a great show for 50 Rupees
They got there before us and got the shady spot
Gandhi Pic
Us bald guys have to stick together
Look at me! I am the captain now!

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