Apoorva, who was in my past post: Queen’s Bakery, invited me to to have some homemade, authentic Indian food with her and her family. When I arrived outside their front door, I probably saw 30+ pairs of shoes and knew that I was going in for a merry time. As I walked into her house, I was welcomed by Apoorva’s mom who was hospitable throughout the whole night. (Apoorva, your mom was so sweet that night. It was good seeing her for the first time in more than a year!) She humorously informed me that I would be the only non-Indian in the house, which I did not mind at all. Her house was filled with 9 families ranging from grandparents to grandkids. All the women were beautifully dressed in their traditional Indian outfit.
I can’t tell you what I had exactly at Apoorva’s because there was a variety of dishes that were too difficult to describe and name. Each dish was unique and flavorful with the spices. All I can tell you is that everything was good!
I don’t have much family gatherings because majority of my relatives live in South Korea. So going to someone else’s family party was eye opening and of course, fun! Unintentionally, all the relatives sat together based on generation and gender. The grandpas stayed together in the living room, grandmas were by the dinner table, the women circled around in the family room, the men were outside in the backyard, and kids were hanging out in the rooms. Kids, including me and Apoorva. It was fun to see all the women laugh together and enjoy each other’s presence. They were laughing so much that I wanted to laugh with them. Too bad, I had no idea why they were laughing. To see that everyone was having a good time, made my time there enjoyable.
Even though I was the only non-Indian there, I did not feel out of place. It was a nice change of scene in culture and to be part of it for a night. I have always been intrigued by diverse cultures and their uniqueness. I hope to adventure into another night with Apoorva and her family, but also other cultures.
Thanks Apoorva for the invite!
Readers, check out Apoorva’s blog! She’s got some good pictures: http://apoorvamore.tumblr.com/