KAPOORS ON THE ROAD
While we were in Patiala, we spend some of our free time in the afternoon, doing a little shopping in the neighbourhood. With Diwali (The Festival of Lights) fast approaching, the sweet shops were abuzz with people stocking up on gifts for family and friends.
This is the first time that I’ve been able to participate in Diwali celebrations in India, and wouldn’t you know it, at the beginning of our trip in August, I suddenly developed an inability to digest milk products. This happened to me shortly after we were first married, and the doctor had advised me that my new ‘lactose intolerance’ would be with me for life. Rats, dairy is probably my favourite food group.
For some reason, the condition disappeared after a year or so, only to resurface now, when I was planning on eating my way through all my favourite Indian milk-based sweets, and trying some new ones for the first time. After the lighting of the oil lamps on the eve of Diwali, the next most important part of the festival is probably the massive consumption of sweet treats. Oh, woe is me!