It was time for our monthly sojourn into civilization for a shopping trip. Off we went to the second largest departmental store in Nepal. Whatever shall we find? Mysteries abound!
First up, some almost bacteria free castor sugar! For any Yanks out there needing a translation "castor sugar" is what is called granulated sugar in the US. (Or it was when I lived there many long years ago.) Anyhow, this side of the pond white granulated sugar is called either castor sugar or "breakfast sugar." It might be jammed in somewhere on the exotic imported breakfast cereal aisle, around the coffee/tea/powdered cream aisle, or even stuck in the "wall of dal" where other staples are displayed. I'm not sure what "almost bacteria free" means especially since it's "hygienically manufactured." Does that mean they swept it off the floor whilst wearing gloves? "Mithaies" are the traditional milk based sweets of South Asia. "Homely" means domestic not ugly or similar to homemade soap in the American sense. Please note that all nouns are capitalized in proper Hinglish, except for bacteria and needs for some reason. I'm not sure why International is capitalized, perhaps to let us know it's important? (I'm still learning Hinglish. As far as I can tell Hinglish is still in developmental phase too.)
Apples from Thailand? Well, I suppose that's probably possible in the mountains up near Chiang Mai. Let's have a closer look-
Ummmm...I think those apples have a USA sticker on them. They are definitely green though. I do believe these apples are of the variety Granny Smith and are from Washington state.
Alright, let's see where the Thai red apples are from.
Any Americans out there? Is Thailand now a part of the US now? Have things changed that much since I left the US? Oh well. Maybe they came to Nepal by way of Thailand? I know this departmental store sipss in fancy fruits from Thailand for holidays and during the wedding season so perhaps that's what the mix up is? These apples have been for sale at this store for over two months now. I'm sure it took them at least a month to get to Nepal from Washington. Who knows what all they've been dipped, sprayed and gassed with to prevent decomposition? Meh. I'm buying local apples from Shimla.
Ok, so this definitely came from Thailand. Apparently the really big big big American corporation of Dole has truly gone multinational and now produces and markets tamarind. I know Dole grows pineapples in Thailand now. In fact most of the pineapples sold in the US come from Thailand I am told.
If you'd ever wondered why acid attacks are so prevalent in South Asia here's why. That's right, for less than fifty cents you can buy yourself a half liter of hydrochloric acid! This is commonly used to clean and deodorize toilets over here. I have no idea what people do in their commodes in South Asia that requires hydrochloric acid to cleanse it. We just use Lizol and a little bleach. Unless you're disposing of a murder victim I'm not sure what you'd need HCl for in your bathroom?
The menfolk were treated to some new and fashionable long underwear. As you might imagine the markets here are flooded with Chinese fakes of all sorts. Some of these fakes are actually of amazing quality. You do have to be willing to sort through the very disorganized piles of random stuff though. Of course the most trendy and expensive brands are always copied. The merchant whom we bought these from was convinced the brand Under Armour was a division of the US Army. I didn't have the heart to tell him it was just a popular American brand. The only flaw I could find on these fakes was the spelling mistake on the waistband as you see above. They had the brand's name and logo correct everywhere else on the garment so what happened here? They are excellent quality though for $10 a pair! The fabric is some sort of ultra thin neoprene-like stuff that is super warm. I've washed all 8 pairs we bought 3-4 times and they look and wear great.
This is what happens when you send dear husband to find the baking powder. Yes, that's two 400 gram tubs of baking powder (a total of 1.7lbs). I didn't notice dear husband had tossed these in the cart until we got home. That's probably enough baking powder for the entire town for a year. I notice one of the ingredients listed is wheat flour? Why? Oh well, guess I'm going to be making a lot of biscuits!
|Gratuitous cat picture.|
Dry me, Human! Yes, the Baacha Khan loves being dried with a towel or even a hairdryer. I'm not sure he knows he's a cat.
So what's up with you?
How's it going? Does your life feel like you've stepped onto the set of some bizarre sequel to Dr Strangelove? Me too!
See ya in the funny papers,