17/100 Bombay in Berkeley

After getting a little lost in the city, we took a trip from bart station on Embarcadero to North Berkeley. The metal sound under water was a bit haunting, but later it would all be worth it.

Took an uber to Sari Palace. Went upstairs to the Churdar and saw so many colors. It was an art experience, to see all of the bangles and dangles, gold filled embroidery, the skirts, dresses…I am a size 40 in an Indian clothing store. I will remember that.

There were two interracial couples who were getting ready for guests attire for weddings. They didn’t seem as hooked as I was…

After a few awkward trying on this and that, I decided on the red. Next time, I want a light blue color. It was not done. The aunties also sew on the sleeves and get it altered. Then it was time for the jewerly. So much jewerly. In all sorts of colors…more people should get into it! Traditional shopping won’t be as fun anymore.

Walking along the little Bombay street filled with Saree places, Indian markets and street food scents, having seen people I would see in traditional SF style outfits in line for some taste of home, I felt a sense of community as a first-generation American in the bay area. Although we come to the States for opportunity and may have similar jobs in the tech industry, once you peel this one layer, we are people of long history, culture and great food. I felt one step closer to the folks in the city, and Bay area felt a bit warmer. More homely in a way. A big thanks to my company who introduced me to the black hole of Indian spices and snacks…I would take a kachori over an oreo any day.

Then lots of walking through fallen leaves. A scene was mostly college students from Berkeley, and definitely no dog poop everywhere. November sky with sunset colors on the way to Viks Chaat Corner. I ordered a chai and chicken curry thali. The daal was my favorite part. While the food was getting prepared, we shopped for some Indian snacks. The packaging does not do justice. Kachori, Murukku, Laddu, samosas, dahi puri, I didn’t like the vada Pau(for some reason), the roti dipped in curry…even waiting for the bart on the way back to the city, my eyes were glued to the bags filled with snacks.

The playlist Konviction from Akon was playing in the uber. Most ubers in Berkeley tend to be half the price for twice the distance in the city, in bigger, cleaner cars.

I wanted to just eat everything. I will visit India no matter what. Eat everything South Asia has to offer.

--

--

--

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Recommended from Medium

A way of life now gone

5 ORIGINAL IDEAS FOR A DATE IN SWITZERLAND

A Girl Living the American Dream

Dear Estonia,

XcelTrip Travel Guide: Incredible India

Life lessons- a different way to connect people.

Medellin Guide: What to do when you’re not eating

Why is it worth moving from Boston to New York?

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Ahyeon Cho

Ahyeon Cho

More from Medium

How to lead a purpose-driven team

Design ATL History Center website for retired seniors on RV trip

Urban path to net-zero: leading strategies of most energy-efficient cities

Loving kindness and company culture