Sunday, December 26, 2010

Thanksgiving in Mumbai

We were all set to go to the Taj Hotel for a real turkey dinner on Thanksgiving that was arranged by the American Women's Club, but it got cancelled a couple of days beforehand; It was the anniversary of the big terrorist attacks two years ago and there apparently were some more terrorist threats targeting hotels where Westerners stay.  I think I was the most bummed out because I love turkey and I haven't seen one for sale here but we also don't have an oven to fit one in (we have a small confection/microwave oven).  However, it turned out to be a very nice day and we found a nice restaurant where the kids had fish and chips, Jeff had lasagna and I had prawns.  We actually had a little American fare because the french fries came with ketchup and also a cup of gravy to dip in so we essentially had some potatoes and gravy.  We topped it off with apple pie with vanilla ice cream, which is as American as it gets.  I had already bought the girls Punjabi's, so they wore those and were complimented many times in their Indian attire.

It was a very different Thanksgiving then we have ever had, but of course we are in a very different country and culture.  It is interesting though, that the first Thanksgiving was a harvest feast shared between the pilgrims at Plymouth Rock and Native American Indians and here we were in India having a dining experience with Indians.  We missed our family, but it was a good day.

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