We got off the plane from London and took a four hour cab ride to Amar Nagari, which is the name of a laneway of apartments, off a busy road in Pune, India. If you don’t hear honking it, means you have gotten used to the sound. We believe honking means: don’t get in my way; I’m passing you; get out of my way; turn already; you’re not supposed to stop there; you are too slow; and my favourite: I haven’t honked in a while, so I’m just satisfying that itch.
The apartment has two rooms, each with a bathroom and a large open space in between that acts as the living room and dining room. The kitchen is also of the large space. Some apartments have open style elevators, but this one does not. It does have a pool!
Mornings we get up and eat toast, fruit and drink tea. Then we slowly get ready and spend the afternoon out of the house. Friday was a market downtown that spans many blocks and is outdoors – busy with people and vendors. There was barely room to walk either because the space was packed with people selling or with people buying.
Yesterday was the opposite, to the extreme. We went to a mall that reminded me of the huge malls in California. Lots of space and outdoor sections but indoor stores. But this mall seemed to have more employees than shoppers; there were not many shoppers, especially considering it was Saturday. Purazar’s cousin Kushnuma came with us, and brought her 2 year old son, Ruvir (roo-veer, but we call him roo-vi).
Both places had great food and lots to buy. The mall did not have fruits and veggies like the market, but the mall did have ice cream 🙂 Canadian/American brands as well as brands from India.
Evenings are visiting family and waiting for dinner. Dinner is always late (between 9 and 10am) and Purazar says it is because drinks, sharing stories, and having a laugh are just as important as having a meal together. There are always more than 4-5 different dishes that are cooked by the host, plus rice and roti are a staple.
That’s all for now!