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#1 Feb 25th, 2011, 19:59
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We are going to Goa and would love to spend a day with an indian family, also take things over for children any ideas if this is advisable and if so what would you take x
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Good quality chocolates are always appreciated. If you taste any Indian choccie, you will know exactly what I mean!

Always a good idea to take something for the hosts kids, its a done thing in India and will not be misconstrued.
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Awww I shall make sure I pack plenty of sweets, Have you been many times ? its our first time and we don't know what to expect or be expected of us, I have read so much I am so excited and all the lovely food!! so I read at such cheap prices, esp lobster! I would love to go to a village and see the families if this is possible i am not sure? thanks for your advisexxx
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I live in India Kazworthy!

Dont worry, you will have a great time. Just be yourself and dont come with too many pre conceived notions, Indians are very welcoming of their guests.

Yes, we are proud of our tremendous range of cuisines, and I expect it is cheaper than in other countries.

Villagers are by and large quite friendly, they will be curious and ask you what you might perceive to be personal questions such as how many kids you have, if you dont have any then why not and so forth. They dont mean any harm, thats just how they and most city Indians too, are. If they offer you a cup of tea, do accept it.

About Goa, there will be plenty of other Indiamikers who will give you better advice. I havent been there in yonks.

PS: Dont forget to try a bar of Indian chocolate - an unforgettable experience, I assure you !!!
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please tell me about the chocolate i am curious now.. i shall make sure i go to see some familys its a big thing that w would love to do xxxxx
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Originally Posted by kazworthy View Post please tell me about the chocolate i am curious now.. i shall make sure i go to see some familys its a big thing that w would love to do xxxxx
Oh dear ..... Indian chocolate is TERRIBLE thats why I said if you bring good quality chocolate from abroad, it will be much appreciated.

And for anyone to understand just how terrible Indian chocolate is, you have to taste it. Well, I suppose its on par with American Hershey type chocolate or perhaps that is worse. But we digress....

Have a wonderful trip in India.
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I always chill chocolate before leaving home and then wrap it in bubble wrap in my suitcase. When you get to your destination get it into a fridge asap. You can't carry it around, just in case you might see someone to give it to, or it will melt. Indian chocolate is terrible because of the need for it not to melt on display. So the fats used have a higher melting point and it can't have the same mouth quality.

I didn't gather from the original post whether you had a family in mind that you were taking things for, or hoped to meet one? I've taken out little party packs of toys, for example rocket balloons, to give to children I've met. Since any money you give to beggars will probably have to be handed over to an adult it is nice for them occasionally to get something that the adults won't be interested in taking. Beware of getting mobbed though. And if you are thinking of giving something to children near to where you are staying leave it until your last day, or you may never get any peace from then on.

Apart from that there are two particular children that I have known since they were small and try to take out interesting toys for them. Lego is always popular and educational. Playmobile is fun, but it can be difficult to find sets that are not all white people. Sylvanian families are less ethnically biased.

Go into any decent toyshop and think about what you would like your children to have. Then it all depends on how much you want to spend.
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Do opt for a Homestay with a Goan family in one of the villages,should be a pleasant experience.

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How do you organise that, Josh? Sounds interestingl
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You can search the net for options,one such site is www.mahindrahomestays/com , search for goa homestays and book your stay.

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One time I took a home made Christmas cake, it went down very well! It was eaten in a day but was divided up and shared between relatives and neighbours. We always take a supply of balloons, pencils and small party toys (Tesco have a good range) with us for any children that we may meet.
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Originally Posted by Josh Budden View Post You can search the net for options,one such site is www.mahindrahomestays/com , search for goa homestays and book your stay.

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I've looked that up and, at 60 a night or so, the prices are way out of my budget. The accommodations look very beautiful, but I'm now a pensioner! But thanks.

That was a bit off topic re presents for families, sorry. However, I can report that the latest presents of lego, Sylvanian families, rocket balloons etc. went down really well. But they were almost as pleased with the clothes that I took out. Particularly the 13 year old as he knows that none of his friends will have a T-shirt anything like his!
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Personally I would not give candy / chocolate / plastic toys to children I meet travelling. But, that's just me...

Instead, I would take supplies for school; exercise books, pens, pencils, stickers, which can all be purchased within India, both cheaply and easily.

p.s. I'm a teacher (probably comes as no surprise!)
The ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr. ~ Mohammed
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The previous poster inspired me to comment.

Assuming you are actually buying the items in the west, dont bother. Buy them when you get to Goa. Good quality goods are now available at a fraction of the price.......still out of reach to many local people, but dirt cheap for the tourist.

The recipients of your gifts will assume they cost the same as in Goa. If they knew what you paid at home, they would be horrified.

Good quality pens are sold everywhere, Parker manufacture in India and sell at local prices. Books of all types are sold in Panjim at a massive bookstore near Dom Bosco School, including educational, and much cheaper.....
http://broadwaybooksgoa.com/

Western toys are available (at a price, but still cheaper) just along from the Navtara restaurant near Panjim Market but local toys are very cheap.

Clothing, of course is very inexpensive.

That homestay link is outrageous! rs4500 a night? In true Goan style, someone will be skimming off big time there, and it will hardly give you an experience of staying with a real Goan family by the look of the properties........

From the sentiments expressed earlier in this thread I did wonder if beads and rot-gut whisky would be more appropriate.....oops, wrong Indians!
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Originally Posted by johnny five View Post Western toys are available (at a price, but still cheaper) just along from the Navtara restaurant near Panjim Market but local toys are very cheap.
Do you know if they do Lego?

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