On Sunday, I woke up and had breakfast before researching how to get to the market. Unable to locate a specific market in Whitefield, Peiran, Daniela, Troy, & I took a rickshaw to the Forum Value Mall which is a 4 story modern shopping center complete with movie theatre. There are several familiar clothing stores along with a megamart that sells traditional clothing, however, the men’s section is still pants, jeans, and button downs, while the women’s section is filled with sarees in addition to western clothes.
Troy and I went upstairs to the Kashmir store and looked at handmade rugs and cashmere scarves. However, the prices were drastically increased due to the location of the store being in a mall. I hope to find a market or Indian mall soon with local prices so I can stock up on scarves. I purchased ‘cold coffee’ at McDonalds, however, it only comes in one size which is smaller than any American size. Also, there is no real coffee here, no Starbucks, just coffee shops with cappuccinos, mocha's, and latte’s filled with sugar and heavy cream. For there being 1,100 Café Coffee Days in India, you think they would sell actual coffee.
After the mall, I went down the street to the local shops that consisted of a few Saree stores, several vegetable stands and two meat shops where mutton and chickens hanged like window displays to be purchased.
That afternoon, Daniela and I ventured into the pool which no one at our complex uses. I kept my shirt on as not to offend anyone as the pool is in the courtyard that several apartments overlook. I was later informed by Carole that even at the beach, Indians did not have their shirts off and women do not swim, they wear Sarees on the beach.
|Peiran and her juice|
|Negotiating with Rickshaw drivers, yes you talk with them all at once.|
|Forum Value Mall|