5 food things Germany changed for an Indian

Hallo liebe Leute!

Ich heiße Soumi und ich komme aus Indien, um Masterstudium zu studieren. Ich lerne Deutsche Sprache, deswegen benutze ich sie immer. Der Grund dafür ist, dass je mehr ich es spreche, desto flüssiger werde ich. 

Entschuldigung! 😀 Auf Englisch nun.

I have been living in Germany since a year and another year lay ahead of me to finish my Masters. When I was living in India, every now and then, I used to try my hand at different cuisines because I was earning at that time and also, let’s be real! Indian currency lets you have lot of things for example for 1 Euro or 1 Dollar 😀 breakfast at your home. You can buy 12 eggs, 1/2 Litre double toned milk and maybe 2 or 3 apples or whatever fruit is in season. I miss all of the experiences I could have had there(I am a self-proclaimed foodie :-P)

As an Indian, most of the people are comfortable eating spicy and ‘hot’ food. So you can imagine, any other place other than Mexico or China, did not have the same attraction for a foodie like me. 

But I was wrong! 

So let’s get started, shall we? 5 unusual things are:

  1. It’s okay to drink Kaffee with Kuchen- Indians pride themselves on Tea.But for me nowadays I prefer coffee. In addition, you never see anyone in India having cakes or cookies with tea or coffee alone. There is always something salty or hot on the table . But Germany has a tradition of having only sweet savouries with coffee. You can find vending machines of coffee everywhere.But if you are craving Tea, you will be disappointed. Either pay more than a Euro in Cafes or buy sachets in supermarkets and make it .
  2. Sweet tooth,anyone? – I disliked sweets, seriously. India does have its plethora of sweets,no doubt about it. But Germany changed my own perception and liking. Infact, I have developed sweet addiction. :-\ Going to the gym keeps me on track, but when you see galore of cakes and pastries everywhere,it’s hard not to bite into it. My favourite is cheese cake, unlike anything I have tried before. It has the optimum level of sweetness and freshly baked cheese. But German varieties are more than this, the most well known is Blackforest cake followed by Berliner and Zweibelkuchen. The last one is weirdly sweet enough because its made up of onions and bacon. The list is a long one! Have a look here.
  3. Say ‘Cheese’- I was never a fan of cheese in India, because it has more fat content and the foodie in me, always warned me to stay away from it. Also, we don’t have much variety of cheeses there. Germany, on the other hand, welcomed me to the world of cheeses everywhere. I know that, lot of the cheeses are speciality of Italy,France and Netherlands, but when you go to the supermarkets, there is 1 wall entirely dedicated to cheese. I learned a lot about them here and actually like them having in my meals 2-3 times per month compared to 2-3 times per year earlier.
  4. Let’s get grilling!- I don’t think this is only in Germany, but am fully sure, that it is not part of India. Come summers and you will see lot of Germans out on their porch or in parks, with many sizes of Grills, ready to create some smoke with meat and veggies. They actually have portable Grills here. In India, grilling is confined to the small machine in your kitchen, called the combi microwave. It’s not a norm for people there to cook outside and also, it’s banned to even have picnic in some of the parks.
  5. Forget your Rotis & Naans- Indians have breads, maximum 10 varieties, if I am not wrong. But Germany emerges as the winner. They have more bakeries than ever and each bakery has so many varieties, that even till now, I have not been able to taste all the breads Germany has to offer. Infact, you can see most of the Germans having bread on its own for main course. Earlier, I found it hilarious, but now, I am part of that crowd and I actually enjoy it.(Don’t worry! I know what you are thinking. 😛 Constipation will not happen if you have the breads with seeds on them or try breads without white flour). Also, it saves time compared to rolling Rotis. 😀

You must be thinking,I forgot to mention Beer. Well, we all know about it already. My main aim was to introduce the strange things in Germany foodsphere. 😉

Hope you liked it! If I missed out on anything else, leave it in the comment section below. 🙂

Viele Grüße!

Tschüss…

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Big change

Heya!

I have been staying alone for almost 6 months now and it is going to be 2 years in total!

Now, I know what you are thinking. In India, it is not common for a girl to leave the house,until unless she has her college or job in another city. This is perfectly normal for us. (Imagine saving up on rents and food :-D) My parents were really understanding and supportive when I told them that I wish to do Masters outside India.  I was looking forward to my life staying alone, not that my parents earlier restricted my actions. 😛

I have heard from lot of people,that initially its difficult,when you have to do all your work on your own. But for me,this change was not a blow. I was surprised at myself,that I accepted this change and did not fuss about it when I landed in Germany. 

The people here are more direct, which I like. You don’t have to pretend and say sweet words. They like being direct and love if the opposite person is honest. Before coming here, I had learnt about the culture from my German teachers,so for me, there was nothing shocking. They are perfectly okay with various hues of skin and curves. Most of them understand English, but not the older generation. If you try speaking in German, they love it,even though you are saying everything scrambled. 😛 One thing I agree upon, Beer is definitely their cup of tea. 

But apart from the Germans, I have a lot of international students in my class. Their cultures, their language and their personality are poles apart than mine. Initially, for me it was bit difficult how to act around them. You never know, what can get offensive for them,even though I find it funny. What worked for me in the end was observing everyone a lot and speaking only on relevant topics. I usually keep to myself. I am an ambivert so for me talking a lot was reserved only with people I was comfortable with,rest of the time, I prefer Netflixing or reading. I beleive,” Don’t try to fit in! It will happen on its own pace.”

I look forward to lot of such big changes in my life. I want to push my limits of adaptability. Wish me luck 😉

 

 

Tearing away pages

Hi all!

Hope your New Year was amazing. Mine went not too bad. I was curled up in my bed netflixing (Is that even a verb? :-\ ). 

Today, I was busy with my studies since I have exams next month. I am currently pursuing my Masters in Germany. The thing is I had already planned that I will never blog again,I literally forgot about this blog; but thanks to my boyfriend, he brought it up in our conversation some days back. Actually he was feeling bored and was stalking my old, hopelessly romantic, stupid version in this blog. ( He is a crazy ass 😀 and I still love him) . Have you heard of this saying,” Usually 1 is more romantic than the other in a couple.”? Yeah! He is the one. So, he is kind of surprised when he sees my ‘That’ version, in blog, not real life. 😉

I know you will start reading across my blog to find which posts I am talking about. STOP RIGHT THERE! Those posts are gone. I felt ,why should my crappy past be part of something which is really beautiful, which is going 4 years strong and still counting. He knows my past because he has been my friend. Actually he still is. My best friend, my boyfriend, annoying yet cute..I can’t describe him. That is what Love is, right? You cannot put it in words. 

My past has taught me a lot, changed me the most and I think that is my weird love story, which brought us even more together. It is not a fairytale story, but for me it is.  So if you are looking for the perfect person in the perfect situation, maybe you are missing out someone who is right there, always around you, whom you friendzoned. 😛 (Just kidding!). Don’t always expect movies. Create your own. 😉

So here I am, tearing away the old pages from my book. They were my draft. The final version is ready now. 😉

PS: I hope you are reading this. Happy Anniversary. Sorry! I cannot be more mushier than this. Don’t expect much. 😛 

 

Snackible snacks box review

Hey all!

I love trying out new things,be it restaurant,dish,subscription boxes or makeup. 😛 And I love reviewing them also.If you are like me who wants to keep trying out new experiences,then this post might be helpful to you,specially if you are a foodie.

I have tried subscription boxes related to health and beauty,but wished for a food/snacks service too.So when I heard of Snackible,I quickly jumped onto the wagon,filled my order form and clicked on ‘Submit’. Voila! My first snack subscription box.

Snackible is a subscription service that delivers healthy & delicious snacks to your doorstep on a weekly or monthly basis anywhere in India.Snackible is a solution for the snackaholics who face the constant struggle between health and taste. It is a subscription service delivering a snackbox on a weekly or monthly basis to your home or workplace. Your snackbox will be full of highly curated and unique snacks which are loaded with nutrition and taste giving you the best of both worlds.

Packages –

Weekly Box (Delivered Every Week)
1. Trial Box
2. 1 Month Subscription (4 boxes)
3. 3 Month Subscription (8 Boxes)
4. 6 month Subscription (12 Boxes)

Monthly Box (Delivered Every Month)
1. Single Box
2. 3 Month Subscription
3. 6 Month Subscription

Their site is http://www.snackible.com/. However,currently it is in developing stage.You can also find them on facebook and instagram to look at the photos of the delicious snacks.

My views: I had ordered the trial box and it is the cheapest of the lot.It retails for INR 295 only inclusive of shipping cost.The trial box will contain 5 individual sized packets which will last you a week.Hence the name trial/weekly box on their order form.

I loved the fact that you can choose your own snacks or you can tell them to choose for you.Also,they allow repetitons of snacks in your box.They accept COD and online payment both.I went for the COD.

What I had ordered-

  1. Roasted Soyabean Mix
  2. Oat Honey and Raisin Cookies
  3. Fruit Medley
  4. Baked Bhakarwadi
  5. Roasted Seed Mix

I gave the order on a saturday and it reached me on Monday,so they take care of the delivery time. 🙂
Packaging-The snacks came in a rectangular cardboard box with their logo on the top.When you open it,you are greeted with a pamphlet,listing out their snacks and a welcome note.I loved it. 🙂 Each of the packets displayed cost,weight,expiry date,calorie content and ingredients.The packets are like thick plastic zip-lock packet which is travel friendly.Sadly,my cookies got delivered in a broken state. 😦
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Roasted seed mix-It tastes seed like 😛 ,no spices so may not satisfy your taste buds but I find this might help people who are diabetic or suffering from BP,as this doesn’t contain sugar or salt.
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Roasted soyabean mix- This is yummy.It has spicy flavour so I finished this within 2 days.
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Fruit medley-If you are a candy lover,you need to buy this.It tastes amazing,really like fruits .
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Baked bhakarwadis-It is also spicy but bit hard,so if you having teeth problems,stay away.
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Oat honey raisin cookies-They should have mentioned it contains almonds also.I am allergic to it so when I found out,I was controlling my urge to bite it.This came to me broken. 😦 But when I tasted it,it did taste good,specially for people who don’t like extreme teeth biting sugar in their meals.
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Overall,I loved the snacks and their concept.Every snack was fresh,so yay! from my side.If you want to order any box,head over to their order form.
I hope you liked the review.If you have any questions,don’t hesitate to ask me.
Hope to see you in my next post.Bye. 🙂

Naturals Icecream parlour review

Heya everyone !

Recently, I went to CP or Rajiv Chowk as you like to call it ,for some shopping.Usually whenever I am in CP ,I have to try something new,be it a new lounge,cafe,dish etc.CP is the hub of central Delhi in India.

I am not a sweet tooth person but there are times,when I crave it more than a sugar lover. :- P And that day,it so happened that I was having one of those desires.

Delhi,during summers is an oven.Nothing beats a drippy ice cream in your hand,that you keep on licking even after it has finished.Honestly,I am a cup person. :- D Some prefer their delights in a cone,I prefer the non-messy cup.

Naturals ice cream parlour opened last year and it gained an immense appreciation for its initiative.Usually the ice creams we see today are mixed flavours,where they combine every possible flavour together. For a person like me,I love simple flavours.I want to taste and cherish the single flavour that lingers on my tongue.Naturals appears to fulfil that wish.They do have mixed flavours.

Price- INR 60 for a single scoop and double for 2 scoops.It doesn’t matter whether you take cone or cup.However,they do take charge for waffle cone. Also they have home delivery system which is something new here.I found the price nice on the basis of quantity and quality of ice cream.

Flavours- They have year long as well as seasonal flavours like at the moment,in the summers,they are serving only 2 flavours under seasonal-Mango and Kala jamun.My friend tasted that and said,” Oh Gosh! This tastes exactly like the sour fruit.” 😛 Tender coconut flavour is the sheen of the place.If you go there,try it. It’s neither too sweet nor too much salty.The best part of their ice creams is they serve bits of fruit in it.I had coconut bits which were very fresh and soft,which proved the fact that they actually make use of fresh fruits.My friend took roasted almond choco ice cream and she loved the almonds in it.

Ambience- They have majorly white indoors with quirky quotes and pictures on the walls.Since I visited only the ground floor,so don’t know,how the first floor looks like. My mistake! 😦 In the centre,they have a sitting place and at 1 corner,they have a couch for the privacy concerned people. 😛 The parlour is really spacious and one can easily spend hours in there.

Overall rating- 5/5… Do I have to say more? 😉

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B.tech or B.tech+MBA?

Hi everyone!

I have been keeping busy lately,mostly due to hectic office and my exam preparation.Though I am done with my primary exam,I still have more to go.

I joined in a firm last year as a fresher,in oil & gas.When I started the job,I loved my role.I was posted in Projects division and am still posted.We have this notion that Project people can boss around,know about every other engineering department and usually have MBA degree.

I,on the other hand,have no such interest.I realised that I was posted in the wrong department.All I was made to do,were managerial tasks,which according to some is great,but I think,I want to gain some engineering knowledge before handling this bossy task. 😦 I had graduated in Mechanical engineering and I believe,adding a MBA degree will be a disrespect to the Mother of all engineering courses.(That’s a phrase we use for our ME degree 😛 ) Most of the people think that if we can do the engineering and management together,we can rule the world.Yeah!You will be either in HR department or in Projects.That’s what I have learnt so far.If you beg to differ,kindly explain.I think CEO position is restricted and is available only to a person who is inheriting the company’s assets or have enough money to start-up a company.Also,the curriculum is poles apart.So B.tech+ MBA can never make you a ruler.

You must be thinking I am against this.Well! No.Most of my friends are in this elite club.I had asked the question,”Why do you want to do a MBA?”I came up with interesting answers.

“Gets you good jobs with high payroll. ” That’s true,only if you have done a MBA from prestigious B-schools.

“I need another degree to add to my B.tech.Looks good,eh?” Looks good?I don’t know.

“Management is the key nowadays.” *face-palm*

My father is a B.tech in ME,had worked in the topmost oil & gas PSU and ‘manages’ the work pretty well.Infact,his payroll(including the perks),was almost equivalent,maybe more than what is being offered to people with MBA+B.tech.He has retired from the job long ago.I have a similar story with my brother.So I have got ample proof to show that you don’t need another degree to earn money and manage stuff.

I too was coerced into doing this,by my own mother,but I disagreed and gave her my reasons.I think one must acquire or strengthen their base knowledge( B.tech) for first 5-6 years of their career,then think about joining in Projects or whatever people call these days to the departments dealing with management stuff.How can you manage entire project,when you yourself know so little about your domain?Also,MBA,a costly affair ,isn’t necessary for this stuff. It is just my viewpoint.

I agree,some people prefer management roles and it’s completely fine as long as you can come up with solid reasons for wasting 4 years into engineering and your parents’ money. Maybe the market is to be blamed for creating jobs that require such qualifications.Maybe our generation is to be blamed for being so money oriented or confused.

Sorry! If I sounded weird,but it’s because I have been trying hard enough to change my department since I don’t want it at this moment. 😦

Distant Love-My Real Love story

Hi everyone!
It has been a long time since I wrote something after my last article. Well! in that article itself, I promised myself to write even more. Seems like I am already breaking my New year resolution. 😛

Firstly! This post is personal, so those who don’t want to hear my ramblings can skip this post entirely. No hard feelings. 🙂 Those who can bear it, go ahead. 😀

I am actually very happy to share with you all that for the very first time, something beautiful has happened in my life. I had my first anniversary on Jan 13th of this year and I am delighted to have completed an amazing year with that special person. ❤
If you have read my earlier posts, you may have got the inkling that somehow Love never hit the right chord in my life. I had gone through ups and downs, bad romances(Lady Gaga,yess!first time I have mentioned her song in my post. 😛 ) and horrible breakups; and actually vowed to stay away from this ‘stuff’. But you know right, anything forbidden is more enticing. 😉 I am a flawed human but I am proud of my ‘mistake’ this time.

 My love story is weird actually. There is no fairytale charm in it, if that’s what you are expecting. We had been normal friends since the start of the college. I liked him as a genuine friend, nothing else ever. Same goes for him. His friend circle is different from mine. We just talked in the class or when we had some work or when we just wanted to hangout if our separate friend circle was unavailable. We didn’t text each other that much.
Things started changing when we were in our final year. My heart was still recovering from the worst possible breakup ever and my friends were desperate to make me gain weight. Now you must be possibly thinking what happened? I lost weight drastically and had lost my appetite as well due to that heartbreaking stuff. Even though my heart wanted to eat food, my body rejected it.Grr!

My friends knew that this guy can make you laugh or make you cheerful for no reason. So we used to hangout with him and his friends.His friends ,as I have seen,are the most energetic and bubbly people ever.They talk,laugh and do just about anything.I have never seen them sitting quietly.So it’s impossible to brood in their midst,which was a good thing for me at that time.I found my appetite and weight because of him actually.He distracted my mind so much that it was helping my body and my heart. This is how we started getting closer to each other. He cared for me unconsciously and I liked his chirpy attitude. Our conversations found their way into our cellphones. We talked normally but we were sharing details that we never did before. Then last January, I took the first step. My friends have been adamant to give him a chance and they told me, he was always the one for me and that I didn’t know that. I laughed at their thoughts at first but thought about this. Maybe this can work. I asked him out for a coffee and it was a huge thing for me because anything wrong can make the friendship go away too.

We went out and discussed more intimately about each other’s lives, past lives and everything. Our first date was getting to know each other more. We even talked about how to carry on with this thing because obviously, we didn’t have feelings at that time. We took this very slow. We always kept this thing in our mind that friendship comes first. Daily conversations, spending time with each other and texting made us come closer. We realized we were developing feelings. I was apprehensive of this because I didn’t want to get hurt again. He promised me he won’t do that. Even though we weren’t a couple, but his promise made me strong enough to trust him fully so I didn’t stop my heart from falling for him. It took almost two months to finally realize what we want and so we decided to commit. That was the best decision I ever made.

Till date, we talk like friends, fight like lovers and makeup like small children getting a candy. 😛 Actually we never have those big fights. It fizzles out easily. 😛 We had made a pact , no matter what, we will tell everything to each other. So I cannot storm out of the room when we are fighting even if I wanted to. The biggest thing which makes us stay together is the understanding. We come from different cultures and our first priority has always been to talk to & about each other. We talk about anything, random and serious…It’s important you know.

Since August, we have been in a long distance relationship. So it’s difficult to talk 24 by 7.But we had decided no matter what, we will talk daily at least for 5 minutes. Skype has been our savior.He did come one time to visit me, and we had lunch and talked, laughed.But he also broke the news to me that for a month he will be in China. So from different cities, we graduated into different countries long distance relationship. 😀

Yes! we craved for each other’s company and we still do now. It had been tough when we desired physical companionship, only to feel dejected at staying so apart. We knew that this long distance love was agreed by both of us. It wasn’t easy. We distracted our mind by getting ourselves engrossed in our work, friends so that we don’t brood on this. This actually helped us.

The other problem we faced was misunderstanding. Since we thrived only through Skype and phone, sometimes we misunderstood each other. We had small tiffs but resolved it within an hour or so.

To be honest,we have different interests. We have different personalities too. But our love has been the binding factor. Maybe it’s true. Opposites attract. He is more romantic than me and the best thing about him, he can surprise me anytime. Though I don’t usually believe in fairy tales, but he and his acts make me believe in them nowadays. Gosh! I Love him so much.(Blushing 🙂 )

We had our share of bad times, but the good times rolled more. 😉 When you are in a long distance relationship, it is important to have regular communication. Also keep this in mind that both of you will have different lives, so fix a time when you both are free to talk. Never hide even the smallest of the things. And keep sending each other memorabilia or small gifts to show your love. Because you need to compensate the absence of the other using the lovely gifts they have sent.

I have found my love and pray for it to last an eternity. And I pray for you to not lose hope. 🙂

Take care,bye