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Chris Baron
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Hi,
i'm watching cricket because i try to understand it (no idea what's going on).

I ordered beer and some peanuts massala because that sounded interesting. I expected a bag of peanuts with masala taste. But the roomservice showed up with warm, freshly roasted peanuts with garlic, onions and spices.
I would never, ever in my life have thought that
Best peanuts i ever had and Kingfisher beer is great too!

Guess where i am...

Maneesh Godbole
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India of course


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Chris Baron
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Right

I've have some questions to you indian ranchers.

I saw a man walking around with a cow. He wore tradional clothes and the cow, well too...
Most noticeable were the cow's crocheted horn covers with pompons on top. They looked a little bit like alpine bobble caps.
Can somebody explain this or was it an isolated case?

Then i've seen (working?) elephants. The were painted with ormaments.
Is there special elephant make up available in India?

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Maneesh Godbole
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It was a bull, not a cow (going by the way you described it)
Its called a Nandi Bail. Nandi is the name of Lord Shiva's traditional bull. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nandi_(bull)

In olden times, especially in villages, these bulls were thought to be sort of soothsayers, but in binary format (yes/no answer by nodding the head)
One typical question, these bulls used to be asked was would it rain on time. Agriculture being the predominant occupation led to such kind of questions. And you pay the bullkeeper for the answer of course

Those are mostly show elephants. Sometimes you can get a ride on their back too!
The makeup was colored chalk.
Chris Baron
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Thanks Maneesh,
that's really interesting.

Next question:
is it custom in India not to drink while eating?
I had it 3 times now that the coffee was brought conspicuously late after the breakfast.
Maybe it could be a custom because it's better not to drink if the food is hot and so it's done this way for completely un-hot continental breakfasts too? Or were those rather coincidents?
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Coffee/tea with! Blasphemy!

For some reason coffee/tea is never had with breakfast. Maybe it spoils the taste of your breakfast! Maybe its like the English tradition of port and cigars after dinner. I really don't know the reason. It's just one of the things.

If you prefer your coffee along with your breakfast, you can request such. I guess those guys are just following the norms.

I don't know which part of India you are staying, but while we are on the topic of food, if you feel adventurous enough, you might want to try out Paan post dinner. Just make sure you ask for the kind which does not contain tobacco !
Chris Baron
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Uh, no Paan, thanks
I've been to Myanmar several years ago and on my very first stroll through the streets of Rangoon i saw a man spitting red saliva I was like OMG the poor man has TUBERCULOSIS I very soon found out they all chew Bethel. But i never got used to the red teeth. I'm in Goa now and i haven't seen one person with red teeth so far.

Coffee: i knew it! I was eating slowly because i was waiting for the coffee and they were waiting for me to finish my meal. What a deadlock! I've definitively got to be the ignorant westener the next time i go out for breakfast. Coffee is the most important thing in the morning and food is secondary.
Deepak Bala
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Coffee is the most important thing in the morning and food is secondary.


Coffee is accompanied with breakfast in south India. Nothing like a really hot spicy breakfast with hot coffee. The heat will burn your tongue even more and make your eyes water. aaahhh ! A great feeling indeed.


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Deepak Bala wrote:Nothing like a really hot spicy breakfast with hot coffee.

The Texas equivalent is a spicy JalapeƱo breakfast taco for breakfast. Apparently the changes that the capsaicin makes to the taste buds give the coffee a unique and wonderful flavor.


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Jesper de Jong
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I've been in India a few times.

Some restaurants where I've been didn't have a license to sell alcohol. But they did have "special tea". When you order that, you get a teapot with beer in it.


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Deepak Bala
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Jesper de Jong wrote:I've been in India a few times.

Some restaurants where I've been didn't have a license to sell alcohol. But they did have "special tea". When you order that, you get a teapot with beer in it.


haha ! I did not have the slightest clue this was possible. Where is this by the way ?
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I think that was in Jaipur (Rajasthan), in a small restaurant on a rooftop.
Pramod P Deore
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Jesper de Jong wrote:I think that was in Jaipur (Rajasthan), in a small restaurant on a rooftop.


Then may Ankit know that


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Deepak Bala
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Pramod P Deore wrote:
Jesper de Jong wrote:I think that was in Jaipur (Rajasthan), in a small restaurant on a rooftop.


Then may Ankit know that


Hey Ankit, how about a round of "special tea" for everyone ?

 
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