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Monday, May 28, 2007

An Oasis of American Suburbia

Today I was amazed to set foot inside a grocery store that looked and felt exactly like a miniature version of any supermarket grocery store you might find in the States. The aisles were neatly organized and spacious, with prices clearly displayed below the products on the shelves. They actually carried almost everything I wanted, and even had some hard-to-find products like Gatorade (very scarce lately). Everything was priced very well – in fact I believe this store is the low-price leader on Red Bull at 73.5 rupees per can! Oh and let’s not forget the crowning jewel on this majestic work of art: the produce section!

This is the kicker! Packaged salads, fresh fruit ready to eat, Washington Apples, globe grapes… I almost fainted at that last one. GRAPES IN INDIA. I have never seen them until this day. And they were CHEAP. Dole brand, imported from Chile… only $5 per kg (2.2 lbs). I bought the grapes and an apple and snacked healthy all afternoon!

Whether we owe all this to continuing globalization or just plain common-sense – I salute Reliance Fresh for being the best place to buy groceries in perhaps all of India. At least for me.

Though she spoke nary a word of English, the checkout girl was my hero for the day!

posted by Jesse at 10:37 am  

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Maps work here??

A friend recently turned me on to this site which is a lot like Google Maps. In the absence of the latter, it certainly makes a great substitute. In fact, I used it to find directions to a church in Faridabad this morning and it actually got me there! Bravo! Now maybe I can venture beyond the borders of Noida on my own and without fear.

posted by Jesse at 1:59 am  

Saturday, May 26, 2007

It ain’t so bad after all…

From Delhi Nights 1

Ok. So I admit that ever since I have arrived in India I have been overly negative about this place. I never ventured too far beyond Noida and when I did I just got annoyed. But recently a friend of mine sharply criticized my overt attitude towards Delhi and said I was a “f*#$ing pessimist!” Well, that didn’t sit well with me. There’s nothing I hate worse than a pessimist (let alone being called one), so lately I have been making an effort to change my outlook on my life here. I have been finding some great places to hang out in Delhi and meeting some awesome people. It’s important to make time for fun, because I work too damn hard around here to stay sane otherwise. Even if I’m just tagging along… :)

So far this weekend we have been out to sushi twice and did a bit of bar-hopping in Delhi. Check out the pics!

posted by Jesse at 11:42 am  

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The Revenge of Taj

Today I had the chance to head back to the Taj Mahal with some clients/friends. It’s my second trip! It’s pretty much exactly as I left it, so I decided to take a slightly different approach with my photos this time. Yes, Viewers – it’s time for Self-Portrait Mania!!

Here I am in front of one of the fancy buildings to either side of the Taj:

From Revenge of Taj

That’s the main gate behind me in the distance, so I’m facing the Taj:

Here I am right next to the Taj. Aren’t we cute together?

Hanging out at the gardens would have been great if it wasn’t so damn hot:

Chipmunk agrees:

That’s the Taj Museum building behind me:

One last photo for the road. She was hot, but it’s time to move on!

BTW, I’m not sure how legit this is, but apparently there is an internet vote to determine the New Seven Wonders of the World and the Taj is on there. Right now they call themselves the “8th Wonder”, but personally I think there’s just a little wonder-envy going on. Anyway, until a famous/crazy celebrity talks about the vote on Oprah, I won’t believe it.

posted by Jesse at 7:18 am  

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Rishikesh

From Rishikesh

I headed up to Rishikesh this weekend to spend some time with Alex. I was going to take a train but when I went to the station I spent an hour there without even finding out the correct ticket window to buy a ticket at. Yes, I had a native speaker with me. It’s a long story – basically just a bunch of TII b.s.

Anyway, I ended up taking the car instead and it was faster and cheaper. Go figure. I met some of Alex’s traveling buddies and had a chance to just relax and hang out. Alex has been doing yoga classes along with his friends but they didn’t do much yoga while I was there. There was a lot to see and do but I’ll just let the pictures do the talking!

posted by Jesse at 1:59 pm  
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