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#1 Feb 13th, 2008, 15:18
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As I have at least one question about weird things I saw in India I thought I'd have a go at starting a thread where we can ask for answers to those particularly Indian mysteries... if there already is one feel free to merge this mods.

At Chowpatty beach there was a white robed, white bearded, white haired guru-ish fellow selling round packets of something white from a tray. Oscar went down to ask what he was selling - and came back with the answer 'hair'...

Was he having his leg pulled, or was the man indeed selling packets of hair? His own? Someone elses? and WHY?
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The guy was selling a sweetmeat which looks like white hair. It is popularly known as 'Old woman' hair' and hence that answer
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in west you call it 'candy' or what..I am not getting the right term for it...
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Yep Shashank. - You Are right. This is the Indianised version of 'Candy Floss'
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And sometimes it's pink!!!
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oh, you mean fairy floss! yummy.
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Something I've never really known......

All those wonderful coloured powders we see in a market.....

What are they?
Where do they come from?
How are they made?
What's used to colour them?
What are they used for?

and would they make a good sherbet dip?

(none have been as wonderful as those I saw was in an indoor market in Mysore, there must have been 30-40 different ones, all different colours.
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'Hair'

Yeah the guy on Chowpati Beach is a feature there selling 'Budda ka baal' old man's hair, a sweet.
A few weks ago he was there selling in the evening calling 'panch rupiah panch rupiah' (five rupees) and saw me nearing him and without batting an eyelid continued 'ten rupees ten rupees'. We exchanged smiles.
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Its cotton candy.
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And another question.....

Why do many women (mostly in Southern India) cover themselves with tumeric powder (making their skin look pale yellow)?

(I was told why, but I'm hoping the explanation is wrong)
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Originally Posted by steven_ber View Post Something I've never really known......

All those wonderful coloured powders we see in a market.....

What are they?
Where do they come from?
How are they made?
What's used to colour them?
What are they used for?

and would they make a good sherbet dip?

(none have been as wonderful as those I saw was in an indoor market in Mysore, there must have been 30-40 different ones, all different colours.
If you saw those during Diwali time then those were Rangoli powders. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rangoli
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Originally Posted by steven_ber View Post Something I've never really known......

All those wonderful coloured powders we see in a market.....

What are they?
Where do they come from?
How are they made?
What's used to colour them?
What are they used for?

and would they make a good sherbet dip?

(none have been as wonderful as those I saw was in an indoor market in Mysore, there must have been 30-40 different ones, all different colours.
Shhh! You're making me think going all the way up to Mysore is a good idea after all!
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Originally Posted by steven_ber View Post And another question.....

Why do many women (mostly in Southern India) cover themselves with tumeric powder (making their skin look pale yellow)?

(I was told why, but I'm hoping the explanation is wrong)
As turmeric is an antiseptic it can help with acne and spots.

besides it also cleanes the skin.

If on the forehead it could be a religious sign...perhaps just visisted the temple
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Originally Posted by matt67 View Post As turmeric is an antiseptic it can help with acne and spots.

besides it also cleanes the skin.

If on the forehead it could be a religious sign...perhaps just visisted the temple
All visible skin, and maybe 2 - 3% of women (of all ages) in south India.
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Originally Posted by rushie82 View Post If you saw those during Diwali time then those were Rangoli powders. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rangoli
Thanks Rushie.

The following photo says Rangoli.

http://www.indiamike.com/photopost/s...php?photo=8468

Yet this one says it is to dye.

http://www.indiamike.com/photopost/s...hp?photo=10170
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