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03/28/2014

Fake cow milk!

india,milk,buffalo milk,cow milk,packaged milk,cow,packagingThe discovery of the century! I’ve been drinking buffalo milk for years!

I didn’t believe it at first... But it is true: in India is not mandatory to mention the source of the milk on the packaging so when manufacturers do not indicate the source it means it is not cow milk. And I trusted Nestlé to give me “proper” milk like at home (I gave up milk in plastic bag the day when after learning that I had to boil it, I forget it on the stove and I burnt everything).

Cow milk and buffalo milk are not the same! Even if it is so much pasteurized that it tastes almost the same. First of all, since my cat discovered cow milk, he snubs buffalo milk, the best proof ever!

Secondly, buffalo milk has twice more fat than cow milk (hence it is less digestible). And it contains less cholesterol and more energy. I don’t  know what is best for health – Indian websites praise buffalo milk (well of course, 50% of the world buffalo population live in India) – but whatever said and done, it's cheating to sell packaged milk without saying it's buffalo milk!

And I like milk. Even though nowadays we keep hearing that adults should not drink milk (because it is not so digestible). And in India when you see what garbage cows eat, you’d rather stop drinking milk at all (apparently some people cut buffalo milk with water to lower the fat content and claim it is cow milk – cow milk has good reputation because foreigners only drink this one).

 

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Sources: http://profwaqarhussain.blogspot.in/2012/08/comparison-of-buffalo-milk-ND-cow-milk.html; http://www.nddb.org/English/statistics/pages/population-India-species.aspx; http://www.fiapo.org/downloads/dairyreport.PDF; http://www.aavinmilk.com/dairyprofile.html; http://www.fssai.gov.in/portals/0/PDF/food%20Safety%20and%20standards%20%28Packaging%20and%20Labelling%29%20regulation, %202011.pdf; http://www.caiindia.org/PDFs/MILKEnglish.PDF; http://Lite.ePaper.timesofindia.com/mobile.aspx?article=Yes & pageid = 2 & sectid = edid = & edlabel = TOICH & mydateHid = 13-10-2011 & pubname = Times + of + India +- + Chennai & edname = & articleid = Ar00200 & publabel = you

03/06/2014

The 5 essential items to travel in India

A website contacted me with an original idea: a post on what to carry (the 5 essential items) when traveling to India! And since their staff is very nice, I got quickly convinced. So here is what I prepared...

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1.     Large cotton scarf

Essential: can be used as a scarf to protect you from the cold in air-conditioned places, as a sheet (to lie on or to cover yourself) for an impromptu nap anywhere, as a skirt to hide your legs before entering a mosque, as a burka to get protected from the sun, as a towel to wash your face, blow your nose etc. Alternatively, an Indian dupatta can also do...

2.   Sarouel

Very convenient: it hides your legs away from hungry eyes and the sun, very comfortable and very airy (you don’t sweat much in it, even under 35 degrees!). It is in the same spirit as the Indian salwar (a kind of baggy pants, very light, to be worn under a tunic).

3.   Sandals

Flip-flops/chappals are very nice but not very easy to walk with and when you hit a stone, or a hole, while wearing them, you can really hurt your feet very very bad. Spartan sandals are comfortable, good to walk and they are easy to remove (a must in India where you spend your time removing your shoes to enter temples).

4.     Gavroche cap or Stetson Hat

When you love hats... The simple cap to avoid sunstroke, or the Stetson hat to be the star of the day ;)

5.    Ray Bans

Because good luck trying to walk around under the Indian sun without good sunglasses...

6.     1969 Denim Jacket by Gap

Just because I love it!

 

And we could add (though it is less fashion-oriented):

  • a camera,
  • mosquito repellant,
  • visa,
  • a good sense of humour,
  • sunscreen,
  • patience,
  • deodorant (a lot of deodorant) and double-skin bandages for blisters,
  • an Indian SIM (useful for air ticket booking (and time change, cancellation) and GoogleMap),
  • medicine to stop diarrhoea and medicine to stop constipation (which generally follows the stop of diarrhoea),
  • foam earplugs,
  • and for those who are not prepared to cross certain hygienic limits: wipes, tissues, anti-bacterial and tampons with applicator (for amateurs).

02/24/2014

Indian loos for dummies!

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Quite interesting this poster in the bathroom of German Bakery in Kovalam (Kerala), I even learnt a few tips! Maybe one day I will be able to avoid splashing urine on my feet… Indian loos are cool coz you don't get bored: all the while you're peeing you wonder: Why don't they put handles all over the wall (when your thighs are about to give in and you are in the middle of a stomach effort and you have to lean a hand on the wall, it is not easy to keep the pose!)? How do old women and pregnant ladies do? How do constipated people can squat for more than 3 minutes?? And old constipated ladies?? Well,apparently it is all a question of habit...

Despite all that I have started preferring Indian toilets to European ones: it is just cleaner (most of the time). My main problem is that I (most of the time) forget to carry paper so I end up with a wet ass (I do clean water, Indian style!) and it is not the nicest feeling - especially at the end of the day, when everything has been basking ;)

And also because one day my Blackberry took a dive in the Indian loo of Madurai airport, and I (by I, I mean the maintenance guy) was able to retrieve it – I for one would have never thought that the extension of the loo was an underground tray and not a pipe! And there was not a drop of water on the phone thanks to the case. Lucky nah??

Click here to read more about toilets stories in India: http://www.indiandacoit.com/apps/search?s=toilets