Our President Comes to India as the Guest Honour for Indian Republic’s Day Ceremony

A nice news about an honoured Dr. H. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the President of Indonesia was about to come to India as the Guest Honour for 26th January 2011’s Indian Republic Day Ceremony. As it was coincident with my timing in India, so the hype of that news sweetly decorated most of Indian newspapers and portal news. Of course as an Indonesian staying in India, I felt proud about it. Unfortunately because of TCS ACE Global Village in Chennai in the same day incidentally, I couldn’t fly to Delhi to have a gathering with Indonesian communities there.

Every 26th January annually, India always invite one of the country’s leader with whom Indian want to improve a special bilateral relationship. Last year, 2010, the space was designed for South Korea’s President . And this year, the guest honour is allocated to our leader. It is special for the first Republican Day Ceremony at 1951 that was our first President that became the first ever Guest Honour. So let me say it is a bit sort of replaying the history.

As the 3rd biggest India’s economic partner in Asia, there should be more expected from the relatively warm bilateral relationship of India – Indonesia. The gel characterised by a long histories of Indian ancient visiting to Indonesia to sow Hinduism and Buddhism religions, trading between both countries at the colonial era, etc. In term of religionship both countries also have mutual aspect, India is the biggest country with Hindu population and Indonesia is the biggest country with Muslim population.

And the signs are clear, our President not only come for the ceremony but also to check the bilateral Agreement that was signed 5 years ago in 2005 and also to see the agreement execution on areas like trading and transportation. I will look forward for the result of economic partnership between the 2nd fastest (India) and the 3rd fastest economic growth countries in Asia for two years in a row.

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Poori, My Most Favorite Indian Snack

If you ask an Indian what is one of the main dishes for breakfast in their incredible country?
The answer is Poori

Comes from the South Indian are, I believe it was slowly but sure become one of the Indian’s trademark cuisine. I can’t believe how they make it. This food, along with biriyani and Thali is very popular with foreigners and tourists. Many of us like it, as you can read at some of the reviews in some traveling journals or websites like Lonely Planet. I once saw the seller mixing the ingredients to become a small-medium size dough, and then it turned to become a pressed ball after entering the hot oil in the pan. It was only 10 seconds and then he raise them up, and finally..ready to eat. Hmm, I wonder if I could make business by cooking this thing, perhaps it will fail :D. I never try tough, maybe after coming back to my home country

I really love this Indian food. It is very simple yet delicious. The form is rather unique, a typical 10cm diameter, like a pressed ball with a huge space in the middle, and has a thin coverage. But the taste is awesome, eating it with potato curry and I don’t know why but I always forgive myself for forgetting the time when eating a lot of poories at one shot. Indian people usually eat around 2 or 4 pieces for their breakfast, but I can make the seller smiling by spending a lot of money for 8 pieces of Poori or more. Perhaps it is because the size of my stomach that requires a lot :-), but I give the credits to the amazingly pleasant-taste of this Indian snack.

Yeah, it is everyday I always enjoy Poori in the morning. Whether in the snack stalls on the street, the snack shop, or in the South Indian restaurant. And personally because of my fond of Poori, I can have a quite strange but nice relationship with most of the snack sellers in Bhubaneswar streets (strange because we exactly never exchanging words – language difference :-)), because they can usually recognize an alien who usually buy a lot of Poori at one visit.

This snack is become one of my reason why I can survive so long in this land of India 😀
Sure I will miss this thing badly after leaving India..