She took me to her husband's corporate travel agent so we could plan my 17 day trip all over India. She was so much help. Her husband let us use his driver all day to drive us around Mumbai, see some sites, shop, eat and arrange my detailed flights and trips all over India.
I can't over how cheap the food is here. Anita and her family are Hindu and they are strictly vegetarian wtih no meat. Being a vegetarian here is easy in India because all of the food is infused with so many spices and flavor.
The food is very spicy and even when I ask for no spice, it's still hot but oh soooo good.
We had the most delicious samosas ( a potato stuffed pastry) for 8rupees (about 10 cents) each and dosas ( a thin, spicy, crepe-like food) for 47 rupees (about $1) each.
Now, anyone who knows me and my style knows that India will make me feel right at home when it comes to shopping. Who can resist the vibrant colors, fabrics, saris and delicate silks and beading that surround me. She took me to a place that specializes only in trim and beading for your hand made saris. I also bought these fans from a little girl made out of peacock feathers for only $1!! Can you beat it?
The streets are packed and the poverty level is astounding. I have been to the Philippines several times which is also a third world country. It has prepared me to see how people can survive and live on nothing and yet appreciate everything.
Finally, at the end of the night, Anita had arranged for someone to come to the house and do henna ( a flowering plant used since antiquity to dye skin, hair, fingernails,leather and wool. The name is also used for dye preparations derived from the plant, and for the art of temporary tattooing based on those dyes) on my hands and arms. Beautiful!