For the past three weeks I have been jotting down wonderful things I see or hear, new foods I try (well, in all fairness, it is all new – haha) or simply differences in how we live here in India versus other places I have called home. Here is this week’s “Angela’s Top Five” list:
1. My big, new LG refrigerator has a lock on it! At first I wasn’t sure what the hell that hole in the lovely silver refrigerator was for and then it occurred to me that it was a lock. A lock on my refrigerator, seriously??? Never in my life have I seen a lock on a refrigerator. The purpose is to keep the groceries safe from the housekeeper and domestic help. I’m sorry but I have had a housekeeper now for 12 or 13 years and I have never had a single piece of jewelry or an expensive handbag or pair of shoes stolen, let alone a soda can or piece of chicken so this is just really odd to me. I truly believe it is more a statement on the Ma’m than the “Help” if you get my meaning. Needless to say, I am not going to be locking up my juice and paneer!!
2. Funky Chicken Sandwich from the hotel. I arrived back quite late one night at the hotel I was staying at and decided I didn’t want to suffer through a spicy dinner for a change. So I ordered a chicken sandwich thinking that it would be healthy and “impossible to screw up”. I mean how can you screw up a chicken sandwich, right? Bread, chicken, some sauce… haha Hmmm, not at my hotel. I lifted up an edge of the square white toasted bread to peek at the filling and I actually laughed at loud. It looked like a polka dot sandwich, white bread with super thin chicken hotdog slices inside it 🙂3. Speedy Egg Delivery!! I really had to take a second look last weekend when I was in Chennai playing tourist for a couple of days. And I am so sad I didn’t have time to snap a photo of this. A man sped by on a scrappy, old motorbike with a dozen or so 12×12 egg crates piled up high behind him and tethered down with bungee cords!!
4. A Man with Old Fashioned Style! One of my favorite work mates (who shall remain nameless) had a bit of a cold a couple weeks back. The poor guy was standing at my desk when he was hit with the sniffles. I started to open up my drawer to pass him a tissue and he waved me off. I looked up and what do I see? A man with a fabric, old-school handkerchief by my side!! I have never seen any man other than my Grandpa Carson carry a hankie! It was sooo awesome!!
5. Food Isn’t Labeled with Expiry Dates!! After moving into the new flat I headed out for my first trip to the grocery store. I packed my cart full, came home and started putting things away and then I saw it. Everything I had just purchased was EXPIRED. What the hell? The shop I went to was so nice, I couldn’t believe it (see the photo here). Then I took a closer look. Here in India they imprint all the food and drinks with the manufacturing date or packaging date, not the expiry date. After that each item is labeled with the amount of time a product can be consumed after the manuf/packaging date. I guess that works just fine!!
Soooo…as for me and my week, I am so happy to be settled into the flat finally. I put photos up (but desperately need to go print out some new photos and magnets to decorate the refrigerator), am almost sorted with the Internet and actually went down and worked out in the gym tonight for the first time. Today, I also signed up for a cool online DVD rental service that the apartment building manager turned me on to called SeventyMM.com. I signed up for the 1-dvd-per-day service for Rs. 299 ($6 ) per month!! I also found a coupon code online for one month free, so it turned into an amazing two month deal ending up with each rental costing me 10 cents each! Rock on!! My first DVD arrives on Monday….I picked the 80s classic Gremlins for some reason, haha. Haven’t seen it since the 80s so should be fun.
Feels great to start to feel at home now. This has also helped me refocus on work again 100%. Romi and I created all new brochures and a generic corporate PPT this week, which felt great to finalize. Next week we’ll start on the rebranding, the new website and a few other fun projects to start supporting sales and generating inbound leads — can’t wait!
XOXO from Bangalore
© Angela Carson, Angela’s Adventures in Bangalore blog and photos, 2011