Flat Z Visits India

Flat Stanley, written in 1964, is a well loved children’s book. The book is about a young boy named Stanley who is flattened in the middle of the night by a billboard. He survives but is completely flat.  He makes the best of his new shape and visits his friends by mailing himself to them.…

Attending a Big Fat Indian Wedding

We got invited to a wedding.  But not any wedding, a wedding to top all weddings.  The son of my husband’s business advisor was marrying the daughter of one of the top silk merchants in the south.  The groom, from the north; the bride, a South Indian.  This meant a blend of two different Indian…

Birthday Party – Mumbai Style

This last trip to Mumbai was quite close to my son’s milestone 5th birthday. We thought it would be fun to celebrate with the family.  My brother-in-law loved the idea and went all out. In fact, he thought we shouldn’t leave my daughter out so we would celebrate his birthday and her 1/2 birthday together.…

Shopping in India: What to Buy

For much of my shopping in India series I’ve concentrated on where to shop, now I want to talk a little on what to buy.  Obviously everyone has opinions on what is a must buy in India.  This is what I’ve found exciting and worth spending my hard earned money on year after year. Saris Saris are uniquely Indian…

Shopping in India: Local Neighborhood Markets

The next stop in this series about Shopping in India is the local “market”. It’s just a collection of vendors selling everyday items to locals, but probably my favorite place to shop. Every town and many local neighborhoods within large cities have a market day. While they look like mass chaos, it’s worth falling into…