McBangalore and longing for a Target

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It was a day of consumerism. We need to furnish our apartment and have to buy everything from pots and pans to a hair dyer to bed spreads to silverware. Oh how I was longing for a Target or Walmart where we could get everything in one place.

Mom was very delighted with three bedspreads that we purchased at a Rajasthani shop–all with elephants. It took a good hour with pulling down all kinds of fabrics. We did pretty good on the haggling though. We threatened to leave twice and finally got her down to a good price!

We also found a kitchen store where we bought plates, silverware, spatulas, mugs, etc. But they were definitely more expensive than Target or Walmart at home. Frustrating! We were going to get a toaster and some other small appliances as well, but as I was inquiring to the market owner, a woman slipped past me and whispered (you want Flipkart for those things!). Turns out Flipkart is the Indian Amazon.com. It’s not as extensive, but a toaster, hair dryer, and an electric kettle cost just #35–about 1/3 to 1/2 less than what I was finding in stores. And no hassle and free shipping! Hurray!I may try to get our tv that way as well. I’m first going to see how this initial shipment goes.

Given Kaden’s diet of bread, french fries and water melon the past few days, I decided a trip to McDonalds was in order to get some protein in her. The McDonalds is very basic–old school McDonalds. Just a few items on the menu–all fried and NO beef. But there are veggie items–paneer (cheese) burgers. So basically, your choice is chicken nuggets, fried chicken sandwich, fried fish sandwich or fried cheese sandwich. There are a few small variations–a Big Mac is another chicken sandwhich and you can get the cheese or chicken with a tortilla instead of a bun. I also ordered French Fries, milk shakes and McFlurries. But no grilled sandwiches, salads, coffees, oatmeal, etc. There were a few other items on the kids meal including Mc Aloo Tiki or  a Pizza McPuff. Most likely these are both vegetarian items.

We did have some fun food tonight for a light dinner at our hotel, including a very fancy banana and orange plate for Kaden–so exciting that she went back upstairs for the camera. And we are really enjoying the “fresh lime with soda” drink that is offered in many locations. You can get it sweet or salty. Sweet tastes just like limeade. Salty is…an acquired taste! When I ordered a sweet version tonight, the kids sucked it down quickly and I had to get myself another one!

  

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4 responses »

  1. I am glad you found a cheaper option for some stuff. What will you do with everything when you come home? Give to your family there? Ship home? Did all of your stuff arrived that you mailed? Will the kids visit their school before Monday?

  2. I don’t mean to be ignorant or rude Dana, but I am very sensitive to smells… you can imagine my question… how are the “smells”??

    • I remember smells being very powerful in Calcutta 20 years ago. Bangalore is a very cosmopolitan city. There are very modern areas and these are the areas where we go. And you take an auto (auto-rickshaw) or have a driver to take you from point. The sidewalks are terrible and walking more than half a block is hard. When being shuttled from modern point to modern point, it does shelter you from the more challenging sides of the city. From the sanctuary of the car, we drive past areas where things are unsanitary but you would never get out there and walk around.

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