Trying to get back to a healthier diet, after our trip to India. Not that Indian food isn't great, it is, with so much variety, including wonderful fruits ! But I really need a simpler diet: lots of raw vegetables, plain dal, salmon ,etc. and staying away from fried snacks, and great treats like panni puri, samosa, and more.
I am sitting in the showroom of Tulika Publications, towards the end of March. I think I've mentioned how wonderful this press is .
Do buy their books!!!
We had such a great time, seeing friends and family. But it was very hard for me, in my wheelchair. India is not made for wheelchairs! Friends were very kind and helped out, but I did lose much of my independence there, since very little is wheelchair friendly, or otherwise accessible. It is the great task for this decade.... To make many places in India accessible to all!!!
Although I miss so much about India and my friends there, I am glad to be back home with ADA protections. I can do so much more on my own here and that is so important!!
We had a great time in India, although it was very difficult for me with the wheelchair. India is not the place to have a disability, there are so many problems there ( as well as so many strengths). One of the hardest things was the many stairs, as well as the changes in levels and the stares (in two months, we didn't see anyone else in a wheelchair out on the streets, or elsewhere) . India does have a disabilities law, I've heard, but I didn't see much evidence of it..
To make things harder, where we stayed in the wonderful artist colony there were a few paved but often sandy walkways, almost impossible in a wheelchair. Not that there were any other better places in Chennai, the sidewalks are outrageous, broken with different levels, bikes, animals, cars, and scooters fighting with pedestrians.
But it was great to see friends, and my son and I took a weekly trip to Chennai, and elsewhere to keep sane. And we eagerly watched our house being built there!!!