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The Department of Political Science, with the assistance of the Division of International Studies & Programs at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, is pleased to introduce its India Program - a unique joint partnership between A&M-Kingsville; the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University-College Station; and Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Study (JNIAS), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India.

The Program is being co-directed by Dr. Nirmal Goswami, Professor of Political Science, A&M-Kingsville; Dr. Kishore Gawande, Professor of Economics, the Bush School, Texas A&M-College Station; and by Dr. Aditya Mukherjee, Director, JNIAS.

The Program will include graduate and undergraduate students traveling to and staying in India from December 28th, 2010, through January 14th, 2011, attending classes at JNIAS, and visiting multiple sites through field trips in the greater New Delhi region. Areas of focus include history, politics, economics, culture, health, environmental policies, nuclear issues, etc., with reference to both greater Asia and India.

This blog will document our experience. You are welcome to post comments.

You are all invited to cyber travel with us as we learn about the uniqueness of India.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Secret to Good Mood

When you think about one of the best restaurants in Asia, what qualities come to mind? Our thoughts were of a large building with plenty of space. It would be located on the nice side of town. The waiters would be dressed in tuxedos or at least in slacks. These are the images I had made about Karim’s after hearing the reviews about it.
We now realize that appearance has nothing to do with being a great restaurant. Karim’s is located in the spookiest part of Delhi (Old Delhi) we have been to yet. Densely populated, messy, lively. Karim’s is an arrangement of rooms in a seemingly small house. The waiters were not dressed in tuxedos, but just matching aprons. Side dishes were ordered for most of the table to go along with the main dish that the restaurant had been preparing for us all day. Many people from our group had been looking forward to this dish for sometime because we ordered an entire goat! A goat tandoori (roasted in a very special way). When the goat was finally ready, the waiters brought it to the table and set it in front of the vegetarian, Melissa. The group turned into a bunch of barbarians. Joy ripped off a leg, I stuck my fork in its stomach, and Lukas cut off the front. It was so delicious! We knew we were at an Indian restaurant when our noses began to run. The goat was very spicy, but we could not stop ourselves. Ben became the goat carver, while the waiters brought out our side dishes. Those were just as wonderful as the goat tandoori. After it was all said and done, we realized the group ordered more than enough food and had it packaged up in doggie bags.
 We understand why Karim’s is one of the best restaurants in Asia. We now know not to judge a book by its cover. The memory of Karim’s will be with us forever. “Secret to good mood: Karim’s food!”
~ Antonia M, Caleb F, Lukas S, Mark D, Amanda W

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