Derived from Sanskrit, “Nama” means bow, “as” means I, and “te” means you. So, Namaste means “I bow to you.” In India, it is both a greeting and a goodbye. It invokes smiles.  Namaste. Palms pressed together, little bow of the head. Namaste. Slight head bob from left to right.

Jose and I spent 2 weeks exploring Southern India. Now that I’m home, friends have asked me what it was like. I always say it was wonderful, but I realize that wonderful is vague. It was undoubtably fascinating too. It is a place that can’t be fully processed or absorbed. There is too much and yet not enough. Tonight, I told a friend that India seemed saturated in humanity. I think that’s a better way of putting it. It is colorful, crowded, spicy, sad and sweet, all at once.

We landed in Mumbai, where there are more people in the city than in the entire continent of Australia. From there, we celebrated Thanksgiving with our friend Mike in Bangalore, then went to Santhosh and Mathu’s wedding in Chennai, then around Kochi and the backwaters of Kerala, then back to Mumbai. See our travel map here.

We took a cooking class in Fort Kochi, Kerala. Once I recover from the massive overdose of Indian cuisine I consumed, I’ll cook a few of the dishes and share them with you, my saucy reader. In the meantime, I will overdose on Christmas music and holiday cheer and leave you with my Indian Namaste…

N is for Nuptials

Santhosh and Mathu get married in a traditional Hindu/Tamil ceremony…

A is for Ambassador

These cars rule India’s roads

M is for Mumbai

With over 24 million people, it is the largest city in India and 4th largest city in the world. And it feels that way…

A is for Appetite

From delectable dosas to thalis to street food snacks…

S is for Synergy

I swear, if India didn’t work together it would combust in about 2 seconds flat…

T is for Thoravoor

The small town in Kerala closest to our backwater respite…

E is for Elephant

Ganesh, son of Shiva and Parvati, is one of the five major Hindu deities. Half elephant and half boy, he is the lord of success and destroyer of evils and obstacles. He is also worshipped as the god of education, knowledge, wisdom and wealth. A good god to know…

Namaste, India. It was an honor to meet you again.


One thought on “Namaste

  1. Hmmm….quite a place. Sounds like you were able to absorb all it had to offer. Welcome home. Looking forward to some Indian cuisine posts! See you soon.

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