Buying a Car

Hundreds of people buy cars every day in India – who would have thought that the process was so crazy – or maybe it was just me. My tryst with this process started about 10 months ago:

I had just landed myself with a job in Gurgaon, and anyone who’s been in Gurgaon knows that you cannot survive here without a means of transportation – as there is no public transportation to speak of. I had seen the Ritz while in Shimla a couple of days earlier, and had liked the car. It was the “new kid on the block” and everyone was after one – and hence the models we wanted weren’t available. We scoured through the showroom in Gurgaon till we found one which had what we wanted – a Blue Ritz Ldi (diesel) model. We promptly booked the car – using Sonali’s debit card – and then started the looooong process.

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Sausages with Mashed Potatoes

Another yummy dish I prepared – got the basic recipe from the net – modified to suit “Indian conditions”

Ingredients

  • 8 meaty pork sausages
  • English mustard to serve
  • For the gravy:
  • 700 g onions, sliced thinly
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 25 g butter
  • 1 teaspoon plain flour
  • 600 ml brown ale
  • 600 ml fresh beef stock
  • 1/2 star anise
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
For the mashed potatoes:
  • 900 g floury main crop potatoes,, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 55 g butter
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

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