Today is the day before Haloween. Yesterday we stayed home as Jeannie was not feeling well, and I was not either; just normal travel ills. We are both better today and were able to get out.
Yesterday late in the afternoon, I went along to my nephew Ravi’s family. He lives with his wife Shyla and a son Akhil. The young man is an engineering student wanting to enter the field of biomedical engineering/technology programs in the US. I looked at his CV and we worked on soe schools that could accept him.
Later we all enjoyed a good meal.
Something about meal times – everything is turned around here. When people get up in the morning, they like to have a cup of coffee, read the paper, get the children ready to go to school, and get ready themselves. Then they think about breakfast around 9 or 9:30 am. Lunch is usually around 2 -3 pm. Dinner starts around 8 or 9 pm.
People don’t come back from work until 7 or 8 pm. We then eat and talk unyil 10 or 11 pm. The TV is rarely on during a meal except when there is a cricket match and particularly if India is playing. Well they lot yesterday in a crucial game against Australia and so they are out of the running for championship.
Today we went shopping in a mall that is very new. It reminded me a lot of malls in Singapore. we shopped for some clothes. I bought 4 sports shirts for about $ 40.00. The prices for clothing is interesting – the shirts cost about 30-40% of what it costs in the US, handkerchief’s a tenth of what they cost in the US. The quality of clothes was excellent. Jeannie bought a skirt, and some tops and she is having some items made here as well. She can write about that.
Our transportation here is simple; we call for a cab that costs us $ 2.10 per hour. Today, when we went to buy the clothes, we had the car for 6 hours. I’d not drive in India without a lot of practice. The traffic here is quite crazy. More on that another time.