The Good Life
- By Benita Joy
- Published 08/13/2005
Benita Joy is a Malayalee Christian and serves as the Chief Editor for South Asian Connection. She is a woman of faith, gifted in the area of leadership and administration, and has a heart for world missions. Her desire is to live a life that is pure and to serve God's purposes in her generation. Benita is pursuing a double major in English and Psychology at the University of British Columbia. She loves big cities, chai, the internet, roller coasters, international cuisines, music, and hanging out with friends. She is the youngest member of Team SAC, plays guitar with a baby pink pick (Yikes!), and she's not much taller than your average dwarf (don't tell her that).
In Mumbai, amidst the honking of trucks, putt-putting of rickshaws, barking of stray dogs, and calls from the bhaji walla, I indulged in chaat—pani puri, dahi batata puri, sev puri, etc, mostly street food. Fruit varieties included pomegranates, chicoo, custard apples, small bananas, and plantains. Became more familiar with the beautiful Hindi language and also learned to imitate the Bombay accent from my cousins. Oh--and I discovered I was addicted to Pepsi. Oye Bubbly!
In Kerala, I met numerous relatives that I didn't know I had, got to see the rubber being tapped out of the trees at my great grandfather's home, and had a ton of fun at Veega Land (amusement park). Foodwise, the traditional thali was delicious—rice, vegetables, sambar, fish, chicken, beef, pickle, etc—all eaten with my eager fingers from a nostalgia-inducing banana leaf. The endless supply of mango and pineapple will be fondly remembered. I also practiced quite a bit of Malayalam, my mother-tongue. My Ammachi (grandma) was pleased.
The two days that we spent in Singapore, we were graciously taken care of by Pritam and Balbir. We sampled exceptionally mouth-watering, and healthy, street food. The nasi lemak was a tasteful experience, and the dragon fruit will not be forgotten. The use of “Lah” at the end of every sentence, along with the staccato type Singaporean accent was interesting. Shopping in Singapore was great! The numerous varieties of green tea will be missed.
All in all, I had a blast! Good food. Good times. Good people.
Living the good life,
P.S. Just in case you're wondering, I would love to work for the Food Network or Travel Channel.