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Men At Work

It has been a pleasant week with family visiting as house guests. And though it has been hectic, it has been happy hectic! I feel blessed. I enjoyed the pressure of having too much to do and tackling it fairly successfully. 
You know I enjoy a happy relationship with my neighborhood and this includes my own neighbors, the shops in our area, the mobile salesmen, the wonderful people who keep the area clean and always have a smile for me and also those who just hang around. I am quite indebted to many of the traders for being a big support when I needed help in the form of home-delivery, and for believing my credit is as good as gold. Today, I want to share just some photos of various people who have been just as busy as I’ve been! As always, click the photo to see larger version!

This elderly gentleman earns a meager living pulling his rickshaw. Two people may fit on that seat.  But sometimes more may choose to  hang on , on the footrest. Which is downright mean, because the gentleman has to cycle that much harder. Not fair.  I am glad he covers only short distances. I would rather walk with him, chat him up and pay him at my destination, appreciating a few minutes well spent.

Next is this wonderful cook at a hotel, whose specialty is making samosas. Ah! Samosas! Who doesn’t love them? I could eat one any time because this is one of my most favorite snacks. Watch how he’s got his mobile near him – when I took this photograph, he was listening to a song by Lady Gaga on the Radio. He rocks, wouldn’t you say? And oh, the speed at which he works is truly fascinating to watch. Watch I did, with my mouth watering. Loved it!


He has made the canapes above. Now he’ll fill each one with the potato / peas masala and deep fry them. Yes, my hips are very happy indeed, not to mention my waistline! Some things in life are just worth it!
This bakery counter at my local supermarket is another thing my fat cells feel happy about. Very yum. These guys are renowned for their stuff and with good reason. I love them. And am partial to some items. That guy you see there, is a very sweet fella – always service with a smile!
This guy is a mobile bangle seller who stops in busy areas or goes door to door in a neighborhood to sell his bangles. Aren’t they nice?
So many colors. Glass bangles, metal bangles, plastic bangles – all in a range of prices and sizes. I love these!
Those bangles reminded me of my own – remember these? Mmmm!
You know what I love about these people? They’re always pleasant. Yeah, so they must woo you to make you buy – but just think of the effort to stay nice all day long! I like it! Here’s the cook at one of the temples. He’s cooking a rice dish in that huge vessel. See the “stove” fueled by firewood. Once this is cooked, it is offered to the deity during prayers and then distributed to whoever visits the temple. Yes, most temples feed people for free. The food is very tasty and filling.
And here, folks, is my work desk in the living room. Yes, those are alphabets and cartoons on the table top. Don’t judge. That’s my coffee mug. My laptop’s keypad died. So I use an external mouse.  I tied a little red pom-pom to the pen drive because it is so tiny.
And finally – my friend the crow. You know what they say. “They also serve, who only stand and wait.”

I am grateful to Unknown Mami who hosts this lovely linkup. Let’s go visit her now.

So – tell me – how was your week like? Anything exciting? Memorable? Forgettable?

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Vidya

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44 Comments

  • Reply
    Betsy at Zen Mama
    September 16, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    As usual, I so enjoyed my visit to your neighborhood today. I’d love to try a Samosa. I wonder if they have one at our neighborhood Indian restaurant?
    Thanks again! We are in Durango, Colorado visiting our two oldest. It’s so beautiful here in the southwest of Colorado. The mountains are amazing. So I may be posting a Colorado one late tonight if I can get my act together. But it may need to be next Sunday. Sigh! My life is a fun hectic busy, too! 🙂

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      September 19, 2012 at 9:50 am

      Betsy, I am waiting for you to visit. I am sure you’ll find samosas (or can request them) at your neighborhood Indian restaurant. Mmm. You have been busy! 🙂 Do take care of yourself. And enjoy!

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    Tara R.
    September 16, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    So many fascinating and interesting characters. Your neighborhood sounds like a wonderful place to live and shop.

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      Vidya Sury
      September 19, 2012 at 9:54 am

      Thank you Tara. Most neighborhoods are as friendly as we want them to be. 😀 Some people mix, some don’t. And I tend to take the extra step and chat them up! Hugs, and thank you for coming by!

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    Harleena Singh
    September 16, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Loved the pics as usual Vidya!

    Oh yes – we often forget the men at work in our house and also outside, just as you mentioned. 🙂

    I remember the bangles we have nearby too and my Mom was another one who loved them. I still have her stand with that she used to wear, and it consisted of nearly 50 different shades – miss those times when I had to choose her colors and mix-n-match them for her.

    And yes, the samosa and jalebi walas always marvel me with their speed and how accurate their taste is always.

    Thanks for sharing and taking me down memory lane. 🙂

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      September 19, 2012 at 9:55 am

      I still have dozens of glass bangles, Harleena and love to wear them. Had one of those nice stands, but Vidur took care of that when he was little :-)It is such fun to match them with clothes and amazing how we get all sorts of shades. Ah, jalebi. I want some now!
      Hugs, and thanks for coming by!

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    retired not tired
    September 16, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    I too had a wonderful week. Thank you for sharing yours.

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      September 19, 2012 at 9:52 am

      Thank you! I just went over and read your Wednesday post and loved it!

  • Reply
    joanne
    September 16, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    thanx for the glimpse of life in your neighborhood….so different here in the U.S….most of us don’t know much about our neighbors or neighborhood….

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      September 19, 2012 at 9:48 am

      Joanne, here we are in each others’ hair in various stages 🙂 And I guess I tend to be a little too friendly! 😀 So happy to see you here!

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    My Inner Chick
    September 16, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    LADY GAGA!! That is hilareous! Love.

    I sooo wish I lived near you. You make my heart happy. I like when my heart is happy.

    Love the red Bangles!

    but YOU mooooooooooooooore. Xxxxxxx

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      Vidya Sury
      September 19, 2012 at 9:45 am

      Yes, Kim, I was quite shock-surprised! And he was moving to the music as he sat and worked. Lovely to see. I’d love to gift you brilliantly pink and purple bangles! Hugs~!

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    afterthekidsleave.com
    September 16, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Vidya, I’m so happy to have found your blog! And touring your neighborhood is fascinating. Thanks for your positive, friendly outlook–you always make us smile.
    –Karen

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      September 19, 2012 at 9:46 am

      Oh, Karen! I love that you are here. :-)Thank you! Hope to see you again. 😀 You’ll see me at yours anyway!

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    Unknown Mami
    September 16, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    I love samosas dipped in a delicious tamrind sauce. Thanks a lot, now I want some. Sooo good.

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      September 19, 2012 at 9:48 am

      Ooh, yes. I’ve learned how to make it. The date sauce together with it tastes like heaven. I hope you got some samosas! drool!

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    Sandra /Always Well Within
    September 16, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Your Sunday photos are the highlight of my week. They always make me smile. They also remind me of my time in India, which felt like slow motion but I imagine it can feel busy for the people there.

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      September 19, 2012 at 9:49 am

      What a lovely thing to say, Sandra. I so enjoy writing on Sundays too! Which part of India did you stay in? Hugs!

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    Laurie Matherne
    September 17, 2012 at 1:54 am

    I love the bearded rickshaw driver. What a treasure.

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      September 19, 2012 at 9:47 am

      Laurie, he had such stories to tell. I am glad we walked alongside and shared a slice of his life. Nice memories! Thanks for being here!

  • Reply
    Rahul Bhatia
    September 17, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Ever imagined how our lives would be incomplete without these people, Vidya:) Nice post!

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      September 19, 2012 at 9:44 am

      Yes, Rahul. We’re lucky to be associated with them. Thanks for your comment!

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    vanita
    September 17, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    i always love this peep into your homeland. and I LOVE BANGLES! i haven’t word any in years though

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      September 19, 2012 at 9:43 am

      I’ll buy you dozens when I meet you, Vanita! Hugs!

  • Reply
    Emily Sovich
    September 17, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Oh, those bangles! So pretty!

    — Loved this peek at your neighborhood. Thanks, Vidya!

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      September 19, 2012 at 9:44 am

      It is funny, you know, Emily. I imagined your girls wearing them! They’d look so pretty! 🙂 Thank you for coming.

  • Reply
    Cathy | Treatment Talk
    September 18, 2012 at 3:09 am

    Great pics as always Vidya. You are making me hungry with all the food. I love the bangles as well. Take care.

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      September 19, 2012 at 9:43 am

      Thank you, Cathy! 😀 Great to see you!

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    Zephyr
    September 18, 2012 at 4:04 am

    Ah, life’s simple pleasures! If only we could remember them and be happy! And I share the sentiments about the rickshaw walas. On an incline, I would get down and when two of us are there, we pay double. Loved your table 🙂

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      September 19, 2012 at 9:42 am

      🙂 Zephyr! I can never bear to see the ricks pedal uphill! Life’s little pleasures to be treasured! 😀 Hugs. Thanks for coming by.

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    Elle
    September 18, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I keep meaning to remind myself not to visit you on a Sunday, because your pics always, always make me want to come and visit.

    I really love the insight into your homeland Vidya.

    Love Elle
    xoxo

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      September 19, 2012 at 9:41 am

      Love ya, Elle! I await the day when you’ll tell me your itinerary in India! 😀

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    MamaTim
    September 18, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Happy people is like magnet, they gather good hearts around them, u my dear are one cheerful lady and no wonder you are surrounded with these wonderful people.

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      September 19, 2012 at 9:32 am

      MamaTim! You always say such sweet things and make me feel good! 🙂 Thank you!

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      MamaTim
      September 19, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      I mean every word, Vidya. I’m glad I know you, hugs!

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      September 19, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      Thank you! Blessed, MamaTim!

  • Reply
    Jack
    September 18, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    The joy in your words and your pictures is what keeps me coming back time and time again.

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      September 19, 2012 at 9:31 am

      Hugs, Jack. If that is not inspiration, then someone show me what is! :-)So happy to see you here!

  • Reply
    carolynhughesthehurthealer
    September 19, 2012 at 11:42 am

    What a fabulous collection of images and words that describe your world. It’s so different to where I live. Your posts remind me of how amazing the world can be 🙂

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      September 19, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      Thank you, Carolyn! The differences make it so interesting, don’t they? Hugs and thanks for coming by!

  • Reply
    Julie | A Clear Sign
    September 20, 2012 at 12:58 am

    Hi Vidya! I love seeing your city. Did you know I am on a big diet?? Hard to look at all that delicious food and not salivate all over my computer 🙂

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      October 1, 2012 at 7:53 am

      Diet! Oh my gosh! Hugs. I never get into it, because I know I won’t stick to it. I may skip a meal or two occasionally – but diets are a big no-no.

      Hugs! So happy you came by!

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    Kausar Bilal
    September 21, 2012 at 4:59 am

    A very interesting article to which I can also relate my life…We are lucky to have such a nice neighborhood…
    A very moving post…

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      October 1, 2012 at 7:54 am

      Welcome and Thank you, Kausar. Yes, indeed we’re lucky!

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