Memory : Christmas Vibe in my church in Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India

In late 2010, I was blessed with an opportunity to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ outside of my country. I was in Bhubaneswar, Orissa, East India during my AIESEC Traineeship in Tata Consultancy Services

Here I share the photos I capture during the glowing moment. So nice and happy to see Christmas is celebrated as a public festival in India (I mean ANYONE can celebrate it, even if he/she is not a Christian). I’m looking forward to celebrate Christmas joyfully again in another country..soon 🙂

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Very busy festival...oh wait, Christmas festival

Very busy festival…oh wait, Christmas festival


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Around the old city of Hyderabad

In the year of 2010 I with my friend, Adam, a Polish, went travelling in and around of old Hyderabad city. We went there around 4 PM, checking the Charminar tower, the market, and of course enjoying the biriyani. A stark contrast to the modern life in new Hyderabad in the North, there are many signs of old traditional Indian lives everywhere. Majority of the population over there are Islam so those religious tradition and decoration are also there to be counted.
I love the city and wanna be back there again.
Here is some pictures for good measures

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My journey to Old Hyderabad (Charminar, the market, the streets, the foods)

In October 2010 I went to Hyderabad for AIESEC International Congress 2010 in India, in Indian School of Business. During the time off I use my space to visit the old Hyderabad in the SOuth of the city with my Polish friend, Adam.
It was located quite far away from the North West where the ISB is located. I travelled there by bus. Funny enough I had difficulty when trying to check which bus I could use to reach Old Hyderabad. But after minutes of thinking, I finally can say ‘Charminar’ to the bus driver and after several buses I finally get it. I jumped on the bus at 2.30 PM and finally reach the bus station near Charminar at 3.30 PM.

When on the bus, I got the indication of old Hyderabad by simply seeing so many Indian Muslims with traditional dress and string of mosques on the street, quite different to what I’ve seen in the ‘new’ Hyderabad (people called it Secunderabad) which somehow luxury and has modern life with less-religious aura (you know, malls, fashion store, wide street, ‘executive’ cars, people with lavish coats)

The Charminar itself..

Poori, my favorite Indian Food

Eleven months staying in India, I had my privilege to taste colorful yet spicy Indian cuisine. Ranging from North India vegetarians , Hyderabad birianies to the vast numbers of South Indian foods and snacks.

And I can say, Poori is my most favorite food followed by Biriyani. It is a plain simple snack, and it definitely has robbed my mind especially when eating it. How to describe? It is thin, oval, empty inside, tasty, crispy, and blended perfectly when eaten with potato curry. Ehh, just see my pic below..

Poori

Usually served as breakfast meal, it can be found anywhere in India as it has transformed into a somewhat unofficially national (popular) Indian cuisine/snacks along with vada, idli, and samosa. From the snack stalls located by every street in India cities, small food centers, cafe, and high-class restaurants. The cheapest, by the street, usually cost Rs 3-5 per piece, and the big one at restaurant usually cost Rs 25-35 per piece, plus potato curry.

However, personally I enjoyed almost EVERY Poori I have eaten regardless of from where I bought it. That’s why I really love this snack. I have difficulties enjoying vada or samosa and other snacks on the street, but not Poori. I enjoyed eating Poori everywhere, even with high-tense pollution or crowds passing by me. And maybe it’s weird but I seemed lost some problems in my head at the time Poori’s pieces were floating inside my mouth 🙂 . Delicious! Very delicious. I never get bored eating Poori

Now I’m back to Indonesia and it’s been almost 8 months since the last time I ate Poori. I should have been searching for Indian restaurant over here. I really miss it badly! 🙂

India vs Pakistan, cricket game (ed)

So what can be said about this? To begin, I am not and never a cricket fan, I even don’t have any idea about how the game should be played in a simple words. Just hit and run?

Nevermind, I want to discuss about India vs Pakistan cricket game. March 2011, it was a huge month for cricket fans all over the world because it was the time for the great event of Cricket World Cup. …

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.

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..