Backpack to Buggy

Travel with the kids, not for the kids.

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Dear Editors of India Travel Guides:

September 30th, 2010 · No Comments · Destinations, Experience

The color photography included in your books is spectacular, colorful and inspiring.  I can’t wait to visit some of the places I have seen in your pictures.

Regretfully, I cannot visit one of the “places” that you frequently highlight through luscious pictures without extremely high risk of serious illness.  This is why I am writing to you.

Please, no more pictures of street food.  I love food.  I can’t wait to try the variety of foods India offers.  I can imagine the smell of spices hitting well used cooking oil or feel the sticky honey on my fingers or taste the soothing yogurt ladled from a tin canister at the side of the road when I look at your pictures.

Alas, that food is forbidden (already peeled) fruit.  The most important rule that has been reenforced by travelers, residents, expatriates, and doctors is DON’T EAT THE STREET FOOD.  My daughter’s pediatrician, who is from Chennai, gave me detailed instructions on buying the whole fruit then cutting up ourselves (plus don’t eat food off the street which was repeated at least three times.)

India travel guide editors, the pictures you chose to include in you books had exactly the effect you wanted on this reader.  And I think I may hate you for it.

Yours most hungrily,


mmmmm - open grilled mystery meat on starch

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