Indian Bazaar and Mexican Brunch

Trip Start Nov 02, 2009
Trip End Nov 27, 2009

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Manju laid out a beautiful breakfast of fresh fruit, a variety of Indian dishes and roti. The conversation gave us some insight into how wealthy, progressive Indians view the world.

We started off by talking about an article in the paper the day before.  The headline read:  India
 could receive the Nobel prize for garbage.  She talked about the frustration she and many others feel because nobody sees it as their job to keep things litter free or to pick up garbage.  It is considered below the status of almost everybody and the low status people won't do it unless they get paid.  So, the litter and garbage pile up.  The dogs, goats and cows do dispose of anything at all edible, but there are still mountains of plastic and other non edible trash along the streets and in public places.  The only place we visited that wasn't full of litter was the Taj Mahal.  It will take a major attitude change and some time to make any difference at all.  At least some people are concerned so maybe that's a start.

She was also frustrated about the criminal gangs that put beggars out on the street.  She said that the gang depicted in the Slumdog movie was pretty true to life.  She told us she had seen the same young girl carry a limp baby on a street corner for more than a year, but the baby never gets any older.

After breakfast we set off to do some shopping and see more sites.  The first stop was at the Qutb Complex.  The complex surrounds Qutb Minar, a sandstone 130 foot tall victory tower that was built between 1193 and 1368.  It is fairly well preserved and has interesting detail.  The complex includes a tomb and a mosque. 

Next stop was shopping where we picked up a few gifts.  The bazaar featured crafts from all over India and we bought several silk scarfs.  Outside, Preeti treated several kids to an ice cream.

Finally, we went to Kerry's number one destination in Delhi - a Mexican restaurant called Sanchos.  He has been cheese and burrito deprived since he arrived in India more than a year and a half ago.  They were serving a Sunday Brunch that included all you could eat and all the beer and sangria you could drink for about $15.  Kerry got down 7 or 8 custom tacos and several beers before he threw in the towel.  He was especially happy to learn that the owner was going to open a restaurant in Bombay in Preeti's neighborhood.  Everyone was laughing and having a good time and we stayed so long that we missed out seeing any more ancient mosques or tombs.  (I was disappointed, Kip had seen enough)

We went back to Manju's for a brief rest before our late flight back to Bombay.  On the way to the airport we passed several weddings.  The wedding venues are lit up like Las Vegas with thousands of tiny lights.  Our timing was right at one stop to see a bride and groom riding a white horse to the ceremony. 

By the time we got back to Kerry's apartment in Bombay it was almost one A.M.  It is a good thing our vacation is almost over because we are too tired to go on.
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Very cool - can't wait to see all of your photos. These are ones I haven't yet seen

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