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09/20/2011

Bed sheets story

Have I already told you about bed sheets??

 

How surprised I got the first time I went to buy bed sheets in India: I discovered that fitted sheets do not exist here… But then?? But how??

How do we do without fitted sheets? Well, like everyone else, you tuck your normal sheet under the mattress. It gets untucked all the time but it works.

 

Someone who must have been annoyed of hearing me grumbling about this suggested me to have bed sheets made. Ah the brilliant idea!! At once I bought a sheet and run to the tailor - to whom I explained (at length) the concept of bed sheets.

Three days later I picked up my fitted sheets, super happy!! Except that, when reaching home, I unfolded them and even if I am not physician, I could clearly see that with an opening of only one meter diameter, I was not going to put the double mattress inside.

Just to be sure, I nevertheless tried. But I did not even succeed in putting one side inside!!

So I called the tailor. Who told me something like “but you are sure? You have to pull, it’s elastic.” The tailor, who had never heard of fitted sheets in his live, was making fun of me!!

But he ended up increasing the rubber band. And that worked!!

 

Though I did not do it again and now sleep in with normal sheets. That is called “adapting”!!

 

One day, I will tell you about the mattresses…

09/18/2011

Hindi - The teacher / masseur

Sooo?? How is my Hindi class with my teacher / masser?

 

First class: all good. I really appreciate his method: every time he teaches me a new word/rule of grammar, he asks me to say sentences in Hindi. Exactly what I needed!

 

Second class: the sentences I have to translate are a little weird. “D. (it is him) is a bad man.” “I do not want to go to the movie with D.” “I do not go to D.’s house.” And other things. For example he explains me the difference between “aap” (you with respect) and “tum” (you with more intimacy): “Now you say “aap” to me but when we get closer you will tell me “tum”.” And then he asks me to make a last sentence. I say something like “Today I have a lot of work.” And he goes: “Oh I am disappointed.” “??” “I thought you were going to say that you will miss me…” Mmmhhh…

 

To finish, towards the end of the course, as I was yawning, he tells me: “ah this is too bad, the class is almost finished. If we had had 15 minutes more I would have given you a massage. ” I say no thank you. “But there is no need to touch, it is reiki”. I say no, not my things. He leaves…

 

To be continued!

09/14/2011

Humidity, bringing life...

I knew it, I knew it!!

It could not be only me…

 

In India, hairs have a field day!! (It is a subject that I already discussed a lot, but in French mainly.)

I realized rather quickly that they never stop growing, and super fast with that. In short, in India, women spend their time epilating - except for those (more or less a vast majority) who have fallen out with epilation and accept themselves hairy.

 

And I have just found the explanation: “The hair grows under the effect of moisture. There can be up to 3% difference in length between the growth of hair in dry medium and in moist environment. ”

 

And guess what? In Mumbai, “mean relative humidity for an average year is recorded as 74% and on a monthly basis it ranges from 67% in February & December to 85% in July & August.”

 

Good. If there were only hairs that were growing, I would be happy…

During monsoon particularly, any leather that has not been treated perfectly will get covered by a film of some brown thing.

Or the other day, I was cooking spaghettis (from a pack I had opened some few weeks back). I suspected there was something wrong when I noticed they were more white than yellow. I nevertheless put them in the water and some kind of herbs (like Italian seasoning) started to float on the surface. I rinsed and tasted, that had a disgusting mint taste. I threw the pasta away.

 

My ayurvedic profile (PITTA) states that: “In order to be balanced, Pittas should remain cool, avoiding excess heat, steam or humidity.”

Here, everything has been said!

 

Sources : http://www.meteomedia.com/glossary/humidite; http://www.climatetemp.info/india/mumbai.html; http://altmedicine.about.com/library/quiz/bl_pitta.htm