Trip to India: Experiences, Discoveries, Stories - My Diary

After I moved out of India to Thailand in 1997, a trip to India once every two years in our summer vacations was most looked forward to.  Despite having been in India for so long and so many times as I grew up, it was just in the last couple of years that I started observing more, understanding a little more, and realizing many things even more about the place and the people.

Of my three and a half month vacation to Asia recently, which was my first trip back home ever since I moved to US after marriage, I was at my in-laws' in India for two months from October to December 2012.  My visit was especially for my devar's (bro-in-law's) wedding. 

With my habit of writing a diary, as I went through each day, I used to record at least something from the day what I did, observed, heard, visited, felt, or learned. 

After much debate whether I should share my observations in public or not, considering it could create controversies (not that I haven't created controversies before...), I concluded that I will.  Partly for your entertainment, and partly for your exposure to India.  As I slowly convert the scribblings from my diary into readable sentences, I plan to share stories and show photos of my trip.

So if you are interested, come join me in my journey, to see each day of and discoveries from, my trip to India ... through my eyes.

  October 14 (Sun) - Day 1:  arrived
  October 15 (Mon) - Day 2:  different life
  October 16 (Tue) - Day 3:  busy, busy
  October 17 (Wed) - Day 4:  goodbye, saree
  October 18 (Thu) - Day 5:  cafe coffee day
  October 19 (Fri) - Day 6:  two-faced people
  October 20 (Sat) - Day 7:  dandiya
  October 21 (Sun) - Day 8:  grabz and creamstone
  October 22 (Mon) - Day 9:  saree shopping
  October 23 (Tue) - Day 10:  pav bhaji
  October 24 (Wed) - Day 11: cleaning session
  October 25 (Thu) - Day 12: peeen peeeen
  October 26 (Fri) - Day 13: damn electricity
  October 27 (Sat) - Day 14: custard apple shake
  October 28 (Sun) - Day 15: let me sleep 
  October 29 (Mon) - Day 16: india :: food 
  October 30 (Tue) - Day 17: relaxing
  October 31 (Wed) - Day 18: ice cream loveeeee
 November 1 (Thu) - Day 19: sinjaara
 November 2 (Fri) - Day 20: karwa chauth
 November 3 (Sat) - Day 21: mehendi
 November 4 (Sun) - Day 22: fire crackers
 November 5 (Mon) - Day 23: practice
 November 6 (Tue) - Day 24: outing
 November 7 (Wed) - Day 25: jalwa
 November 8 (Thu) - Day 26: me first
 November 9 (Fri) - Day 27: bride side gifts
 November 10 (Sat) - Day 28: groom side gifts 
 November 11 (Sun) - Day 29: new car
 November 12 (Mon) - Day 30: aftermath
 November 13 (Tue) - Day 31: diwali
 November 14 (Wed) - Day 32: govardhan puja
 November 15 (Thu) - Day 33: rama sama
 November 16 (Fri) - Day 34: boutique
 November 17 (Sat) - Day 35: village...restaurant
 November 18 (Sun) - Day 36: black magic
 November 19 (Mon) - Day 37: my two sense
 November 20 (Tue) - Day 38: brats
 November 21 (Wed) - Day 39: chai ka chaska
 November 22 (Thu) - Day 40: my devar
 November 23 (Fri) - Day 41: house help
 November 24 (Sat) - Day 42: in chennai
 November 25 (Sun) - Day 43: mangodi
 November 26 (Mon) - Day 44: tulsi vivah
 November 27 (Tue) - Day 45: shopping again
 November 28 (Wed) - Day 46: sangeet practice
 November 29 (Thu) - Day 47: tailor trouble
 November 30 (Fri) - Day 48: parlor and boutique
 December 1 (Sat) - Day 49: celebrations begin
 December 2 (Sun) - Day 50: wedding mehendi
 December 3 (Mon) - Day 51: sangeet function
 December 4 (Tue) - Day 52: manwaar
 December 5 (Wed) - Day 53: marwadi wedding
 December 6 (Thu) - Day 54: shaadi
 December 7 (Fri) - Day 55: panchaiti
 December 8 (Sat) - Day 56: hang out
 December 9 (Sun) - Day 57: bon voyage, my love
 December 10 (Mon) - Day 58: en route nanihaal
 December 11 (Tue) - Day 59: chitchatting
 December 12 (Wed) - Day 60: nostalgia
 December 13 (Thu) - Day 61: "dumb" charades
 December 14 (Fri) - Day 62: times have changed
 December 15 (Sat) - Day 63: tailor disaster
 December 16 (Sun) - Day 64: last minute shopping
 December 17 (Mon) - Day 65: my nanand
 December 18 (Tue) - Day 66: alvida india


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6 comments:

  1. To share something like this on public space needs lots of courage and wits, well what are blogs for then ! Loved your observation points and you are right,a better understanding assumes only when we are far from it. "double faced people " ; damn electricity ; saree and food - so much "Indiah"

    Sukanya

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  2. omggggggg.. i guess you are used to going to india for 2 months.. and despite that you faced challenges. it is hard for me to visit for 2 weeks and not go nuts. i don't know what it is.. it's a very mixed feeling.. things don't go smooth, but i guess it's just all part of being in India.

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  3. I love ur precise style of writing, thats a great skill, keep writing gal!! u rock! and I have a Liebster award waitn for u at my space, do collect it .. enjoy!

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  4. We recently visited India for 3 weeks! It was fun going back after such a long time. Can't wait to read your chronicles!

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  5. Hi, seeing your blog for the first time and will be fun to hear about all of your experiences ! Already like your honesty :-)

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  6. i always love to read and listen abt India.Thanks.

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