On our last day in Pune, Yvonne took E & I shopping. We met over at her house, then visited Shopa at her flat where she fed me a strange sweet carrot dish and a flat dried rice snack. Very strange, but very good. Yvonne wanted to get a sari for her maid, so we headed to Laxmi Road.
Now let me just say, that this day, was TOTALLY awesome for two reasons. One, I finally figured out how to go out with E & not get harassed by baby lovers/paparazzi--put her in her wrap, tuck all extremities in, and secure a hat to her head. It completely hid her and by the time people realized there was a pretty lil' baby in my contraption, we were already past.
Then instead of you browsing, they would pull out the saris, let you look at them, and then throw them on the mattresses. It was so beautiful; a big, bright heap of gorgeous fabric that just kept growing. I loved it. I wish I could have purchased one, but apparently it takes quite a bit of time get one made and tailored. It's not as ready to wear as one might think.
After the sari shop we just walked along Laxmi Road, tried not to get run over, and browse.
There were huge buckets of different rice preparations, beautiful fabrics, honest to God cobblers on the street, and coconut vendors!
At the end of our shopping trip Yvonne treated me to a coconut. They just hacked off the top, stuck a straw in it, and gave it to me. It was awesome.
|E & Professor Abhyankhr|
Our time here was amazing, the country was so interesting, and the people were so warm and lovely. I'm going to miss it.