The day after we arrived in India, a hotel clerk directed us to the “In & Out” convenience store at the gas station near our hotel. “They have everything,” he promised. Indeed, besides the convenience store, the rather deluxe complex includes a juice bar, a sweet shop, an ATM, and a florist shop.
Later it occurred to me that what you’re likely to find in a convenience store is a mix of the frivolous–cheap candy and fast food–and the essential—items you would pay double for if you left them behind on a trip. A survey revealed some interesting similarities and contrasts with what we would expect to find in the U.S.
First, the personal items:
These “Paper Boat” resealable drinks are interesting but not quite to our taste–juice of various familiar and unfamiliar fruits, from concentrate, with added sugar, salt, pepper and cumin.
Tea and instant coffee:
Instant beverages–just add (bottled) water:
These chips look familiar, but they seem to be laden with fewer artificial ingredients than their counterparts in the U.S.
You won’t find “mini samosas” at 7-11:
Hot and cold cereal:
I’m sure this is better than mac & cheese for a quick-fix dinner:
I’m not sure what one does with this, but I’d like to try it. Porridge, maybe?
By all means, don’t forget dessert:
Let me know if you want to place an order for something you just can’t live without.
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