Today I made a pretty big ass of myself at the office in front of my colleagues.
I am not sure if I have already mentioned this really cool standard practice here but there really are guys in my office who bring around tea and water to all of us throughout the day just like in the film Slumdog Millionaire (sorry, my Indian friends, but it is a really famous reference!!). In our office we have two guys and one lady who help out throughout the day, make and serve tea, etc. They are very sweet, very helpful and always have a smile.
So today when one of the guys came around with a tray that held a big bowl of yummy looking puffed rice with herbs and two bowls containing respectively chunks of rock sugar candy and small sweets I reached in to try some when he passed by my desk. I told him that the puffed rice mix was tasty so he decided he was going to leave me some to eat (so sweet, right??). What happened next was that he basically made the human hand equivalent of a crane and reached down into the bowl, took out a big handful, and left it on a sheet of paper I had on my desk. I was also left several bits of rock candy and the sweets. Yum yum.
WELL, after he walked away I turned to Romi who sits next to me and said something along the lines of “I love the afternoon snacks, this is great” …in my very American accent. And as Romi kindly started to explain that this isn’t a snack mix, my colleague Paromita who sits behind me starts rolling with laughter. I turn around and she basically says that she couldn’t hold it in, that this isn’t a snack at all and that is came from the guys who went to Temple for prayer and it is a Prasad — literally translated it means “a gracious gift”, anything, usually edible, given by a saint. And bless Romi, he was trying to explain it without laughing. Oh Holy Cow!!! I bet that was the first of many mistakes I will make as I settle into my new life in India.
Today I looked at 3 more flats here in Bangalore — that makes 9 now. Each time I visited one that I felt had promise I took a video of it for my daughter. This afternoon I uploaded my favourites to youtube and had a conference call with my daughter to democratically discuss our options and choose our top choice. And it makes me smile to say this: we both have the same favorite 🙂 I placed bids on each one and am negotiating through agencies now, so please keep your fingers crossed that things go well and tomorrow we will have our new home in India.
Since it is raining this evening I decided to tuck into the hotel room and order Chinese, work a bit and open the AMAZING bottle of Rey Noble Platinum that my sweet ex employee Fran gave me as a bon voyage gift — thank you chickkeee!!! ((readers, you have to try this Spanish wine if you can, it is AMAZING!! http://www.vinicolacorellana.com/)).
I am still on European time and finding it hard to fall asleep and, alternatively, wake up with the time difference but hope my body acclimates soon! Mama wants to be back on a normal schedule soon 😉
XOXO from Bangalore
© Angela Carson, Angela’s Adventures in Bangalore blog and photos, 2011