Shyampur market day was Sunday and oh my gosh how that little village has grown. I wish I had before and after pictures of it. Sadly I only have the after pictures so I will have to rely on my power of description to illuminate the differences. This is Shyampur today…
Took a 10 minute walk there down Shyampur Lane with Serena didi, Tami didi, Sunita and Ritu. There were vendors as far as the eye could see. I would say there were at least 15 vegetable vendors alone! And of course the veggies were my favorite part and took tons of photos. Its a shame that the food is so good at the ashram and I basically never need/want to cook, because all of this stuff looked super yummy. I did end up buying a few veggies for a treat for the kids, but that’s for later.
After inspecting all of the veggies and fruits and kitchen supplies and plastics, Serena didi and I bought fabric for new suits which we took to the tailor down on Shyampur Lane. Can’t wait to have new suits! Not like it will matter because I am so bundled up no one can tell anyway! But maybe if I come back again this year or if the sun starts to peek out here and there during this trip. And look who was waiting for me when I got back 🙂
After the market it was January Happy Birthdays!! Happy birthday to Daya, Kiran, Madhu, Anjula (Julie) and Ayushi!
Oh, and remember those veggies I was talking about. I bought 4 of the most beautiful eggplant I have ever seen in my life along with some mirchi (chile) and asked Seema didi to help make them into some yummy brinjal (eggplant) pakora. We also made a salty cookie/cracker with caraway seeds. Recipe to come as I want Seema didi to show me how to make them – this first round she just kind of did it. I am not complaining though, as they were totally delicious!! The pakora went so fast that I didn’t even get to take a picture! Will make sure I get one when we make them again for cooking instructions. Did not get to take pictures of the final cookie/crackers either because I had to run off to Haridwar (next post!). I know, big fail Natalie didi.
In other news, Sunita mommy has to leave for a week to deal with a family emergency. And guess what that makes me? Natalie mommy to this one!!!