Tuesday, March 27, 2012

My Trip to India

 Chennai International Airport

I love to travel!  Whether it is a road trip in a car to the next state, or a long plane ride to another country, it is all an adventure to me.

For my most recent adventure, my husband Stan and I traveled to India.  This was my 10th or 11th trip to India.  We travel there on behalf of Passion Play Ministries International.  India is a developing country, and we have seen a lot of improvements in the last 10 years that we have been traveling there. 

 We were meet at the airport by our friends and a bouquet of roses.

At our hotel, we received the local newspaper called, "The Hindu".  On the front page of one of the papers, they listed some interesting facts.

Half of India's homes have cellphones, but not toilets.
Census of 246,692,667 Households

One-room households 37.1%
Tap water from treated source 32%
Electricity 67.2%
Latrine facility in house 46.9%
   of which piped sewer system 11.9%
   of which no drainage 48.9%
Firewood for cooking 49%
LPG/PGN for cooking 28.5%
Availing banking services 58.7%
Television 47.2%
Computer (with Internet) 3.1%
Computer (without Internet) 6.3%
Telephone (Landline or mobile) 63.2%
Telephone (Mobile only) 53.2%
Bicycle 44.8%
Scooter/ Motorcycle/ Moped 21%
Car/ Jeep/ Van 4.7
None of the specified assets 17.8%

When you visit another country, you have to embrace the fact that things are going to be different, and in some cases very different that what you are used to.

At home, I have a new gas range.  In India, the most common way to cook food is by using firewood.  And it is delicious! 

I took a picture of this lady a couple of years ago. See below.
Apparently, business is good! 

Almost all of the dishes I eat while in India are spicy.  When a waiter tells you a dish is not spicy or only a little spicy, he is not lying to you, it's just that he defines hot differently!  

Garlic Chicken, spicy.

Butter Chicken Marsala, spicy.

Chicken 65 (a famous Chicken dish in Chennai)  and Mutton Curry, spicy!

Garlic Naan, not spicy, just yummy!

There were rolling blackouts several times a day.  It didn't matter what city we were in, or what time of day it was.  I am not an electrician, but I think the wiring might be part of the problem. 

What do I like the most about India?  Hands down, it is the wonderful friendly people, that keep us coming back! 

My husband Stan, with Dr. and Mr. Samuel.

Cute monkey!


Banana leaves make a great disposable plate.

I love the bananas in India!  They are so sweet and tasty.

Check out my Giveaway
for your chance to win a cookbook from India

On Friday, I will be posting my 
Slow Cooker Rice Pudding.

Visit my friends blogs!

You will love Bo and his blog,  Bo's Bowl.  Not only does he host great giveaways,  his recipes are incredible!  One visit to his blog and you will see why I faithfully follow it.

Also visit my friend Pam's blog, Pam's Midwest Kitchen Korner,  for more great recipes!  Once you read her blog, she will be your friend too!


  1. Yum! That garlic chicken looks good and I had to laugh at chicken 65! I've been to a lot of foreign countries, but never India. The congestion and newspaper statistics are amazing. That must've been a wonderful adventure for you and the Passion Play!

  2. Looking to that... I should be very great full of what I have..

  3. India is an interesting country to visit! I love Indian food, and would not mind eating spicy dish at every meal! Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos! Have a nice day!

  4. Glad to hear you had a great trip & your pictures make me want to go so bad! Cellphones and no toilets! I love my cellphone, but I think a toilet needs to come first.

  5. What an amazing trip. Are you over jet lag?

    1. Unfortunately, I didn't have time for jet lag. I was up and out the door at 8:30 the next morning. We have long days during this time of the year, and it won't be over until after Easter. But I am loving every minute of it!

  6. LOL, when I saw the power pole, all I could think was, "And this is the country that does a majority of outsourced tech support?"

    Very interesting post, I love the live fire cooking.