Travel can open the mind and senses like little else…and for the past month, as I visited my native land of India, traveling the length and breadth of this magnificently unique and culturally rich land; I could feel the magic of travel at work on my little kids and us.
Having grown up in India, one would think I’d be immune to its many surprising facets by now; but every visit back, tugs at my heart, bringing back flashes of my childhood and reminding me of how amazingly diverse and at times challenging India can be.
While in India, it’s pretty common to move from a feeling of awe-filled amazement to absolute horror within minutes, as one savors sights and sounds that meet the senses.
Either way, one thing is for certain, India will touch the deepest recesses of your soul while simultaneously leaving you with a strong sense of being shaken and stirred (and at times, jostled and pushed!) but the memories of a trip to India are sure to always bring a happy smile to your face and an oddly calm feeling to the mind.
Over my next two posts, I’ll take you through a visual feast of the sights and foods I encountered on my journey to India. Let’s call it a kind of ‘amuse-bouche’ before the smorgasbord of Indian-inspired recipes I plan to unveil over the next few months, bringing a ‘little something from India‘ into each of your homes and meals.
So, spread the word to friends and family, or just someone you know who loves the thought of India, to sign up and join us; cause there’s magic happening at Peri’s Spice Ladle, just waiting to be revealed.
Now sit back, relax and enjoy the sights and food of modern day India…with a touch of historical perspective.
Our journey started in New Delhi, the capital of India, an offering of historically significant architecture and the center of India’s government.
The food servings of north India like the popular chicken drumstick kebabs and delicious curries have gained global recognition and respect . For me, Delhi means an unending stream of Indian desserts and sweets like my personal favorite ‘Jalebi’, as also the mouthwatering array of Indian Chaat, most commonly found as street food (A word of caution: if traveling to India from an international destination, I’d strongly suggest staying off the actual street food and visiting more hygienic local restaurants for similar Chaats.)
The changing face of Delhi can actually be seen in Gurgoan, a vertically-developing skyscraper suburb about 30 minutes out, where many well-known international brands have their call center offices. The city is a 24-hour operation and a sign of India’s new role in the world for the past decade.
Moving on to Bangalore now known as Bengaluru, we saw a further strengthening of the country’s role as a leader in technology and global back-end operations.
Bangalore continues to grow almost in spite of itself. Originally a quaint southern city full of popular south-Indian culinary fare and pride in its uniqueness, Bangalore is a lot like one of my other favorite places on the opposite side of the globe Austin Texas, where one arm keeps the city’s main character and quirkiness intact, while the other arm points boldly forward into the inevitable modernization of the city.
Next week, we’ll continue onward to Jaipur and Udaipur in the north-west of India, where the art and architecture of Rajasthan left us in a constant state of awe at its palatial grandeur with meals fit for kings and respectful culture.
From there, we end our journey in a city that always welcomes me with open arms, my native city of Bombay (now Mumbai,) where you will catch a glimpse of authentic Parsi fare and an international vibrant city that never sleeps.
Until next week…