market plunder.

25 Apr

although last week i moved into a fully furnished apartment here in kolkata,  i still needed a few things to get me going. the things that i have been missing are essentially the following: towels (don’t ask what i’ve been using for the last week, it’s unsavory), bed sheets, pillow cases, food, and gas for cooking.

and yes, i realize that “food” is a very general category. thanks.

anyway, so on friday night mr. s and i went to the big ‘western style’ supermarket here in kolkata called spencer’s. i’m not going to tell you every moment of the experience, so envision a 3 story, very skinny department store packed with about 2,500 people and 1,250 staff. basically, to create employment indians have structured life so that no one has to do anything for themselves. that’s my opinion anyway. dont get me wrong, i think  it’s phenomenal.

so at this insanely insane supermarket i got delicious items such as peanut butter, apples, cheese slices, eggplant, and sour cream and onion chips. what i will cook with this melange, i know not. but i do know that i’m excited.

then on sunday (because remember, while you jerkstores had 4-day weekend , i only had 1 day off) we went to 2 local markets – one called guriahat and the other called esplanade.  again, i’m not going to bore you with the typical traveller’s details, but just know that it was bat-shit crazy and i lasted only 30 minutes before demanding to leave.

although i’m working on my patience for people, i still came away with some awesome stuff. here are two of my purchases, linens for my bed and a book:

they call these bedsheets and pillows. i call them tablecloths and placements.

i'm trying to foster mutual understanding.

(i also got a little something special for a birthday that is approaching, but i can’t share it publicly lest i ruin the surprise. mom, i’m looking at you.)

so plundering the markets was exceptionally fun, and i am now plotting my export strategy back to canada with various visitors. as a result you may now call me ye old cap’n al – cause i’m pretty much a market pirate.

5 Responses to “market plunder.”

  1. Hannah April 25, 2011 at 5:48 pm #

    Glad to hear you can find western food. From my experience (both living with you in the developing nation of France and then TZ) – you should be able to find some common things you cook with (like veggies) and you’ll stat making your own stir frys… that is if you trust yourself to cook.

    Do you cook yet? I’ve never actually heard you refer to cooking.

    Take the markets slowly, at the end you’ll delight at them but don’t over do it. They can be unsafe and unsavory so don’t get burn out.

  2. A.A.B. (auntie angie baby) April 26, 2011 at 2:57 am #

    Do you need me to send you recipes of what to make with chips and cheese slices? and an eggplant?

  3. A.A.B. (auntie angie baby) April 26, 2011 at 3:03 am #

    You’re not bringing the Juan home are you? BTW, Juan is mexican…in India you must call him Jaabir which means ‘comforter’ – it’s a good thing…trust me.


  1. sometimes ya just gotta. « hey it's me, al. - May 3, 2011

    […] decision to head back to spencer’s – where i previously earned my title as a bone-fide market pirate with sanjay.  but this time i decided to go at the journey alone. insert indian jones theme […]

  2. sorry canada, i quit. « hey it's me, al. - May 27, 2011

    […] apartment is super close to gariahat – the market you should all be familiar with by now from this and this. their place is optimally located for me: […]

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