Is chai safe to drink in India?
rajaajay
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#46
| Maha Guru Member

Originally posted by: kmalik View Post

A pean to the buffalo:

Right from the childhood I liked buffalos much more than the holy cow. A cow can be temperamental and more dangerous to be around (even more so for a child). A buffalo has a higher self-esteem and is not aggressive at all. And, even a child can take it anywhere (where it wants to go :D). The milk department is different but less fussy affair. It has a lower center of gravity and is much more stable an animal. And, it is a great rolemodel - it is calm, collected, and doesn’t overthink things :D


Which is why I reserve the buffalo milk for special occasions — for long term dairy abuse the cow is where it’s at — that’s why she’s Holy .
#47
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is paneer ok to eat? i’ve heard yes and no
#48
| Loud Noisy Bird
Please see my post #42.

Except for a small number of items which have intrinsic risk, eg unpeeled fruit, salad, unknown-origin water, you cannot go item by item like this. Sure, Paneer is just fine to eat, assuming that you weren't given the plate by a waiter with an itchy backside.

Same for goat, chicken, etc etc. Yes, Paneer should be fine.
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#49
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Originally posted by: rajaajay View Post

is paneer ok to eat?


Not for vegans.
#50
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Originally posted by: Nick-H View Post

Please see my post #42.

Except for a small number of items which have intrinsic risk, eg unpeeled fruit, salad, unknown-origin water, you cannot go item by item like this. Sure, Paneer is just fine to eat, assuming that you weren't given the plate by a waiter with an itchy backside.

Same for goat, chicken, etc etc. Yes, Paneer should be fine.

thanks!
#51
| Humble servant of the self

Originally posted by: rajaajay View Post

is paneer ok to eat? i’ve heard yes and no


From airlines to chai to paneer...I guess you have a long list to be fearful about, a long long list :D And I hope you have considered traffic, 400 deaths a day in road accidents.

I don't know what possible outcome can you deduct by asking safe or unsafe, it will be dependent on personal experiences that you cannot extrapolate on yourself. Simple rule, go for steaming hot food and busy places. After meals, pray if you are theist, if atheist, you are anyway going to hell which will be much worse than a stomach ache.

Originally posted by: kmalik View Post

A pean to the buffalo:

Right from the childhood I liked buffalos much more than the holy cow. A cow can be temperamental and more dangerous to be around (even more so for a child). A buffalo has a higher self-esteem and is not aggressive at all. And, even a child can take it anywhere (where it wants to go :D). The milk department is different but less fussy affair. It has a lower center of gravity and is much more stable an animal. And, it is a great role model - it is calm, collected, and doesn’t overthink things :D


Wonderful! Only those fortunate enough to know a buffalo personally will understand the deep meaning of this well crafted paean [praiseyou :D
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#52
| Maha Guru Member
Rajaajay -

I have been reluctant to put it into words - but I am a bit concerned about you and your trip. Along the lines of Jituyadav above - if your posts are reflective of the level of your angst, this could be a long trip. Airlines, chai and, to a lesser extent, paneer will be some of the safest things you will come across during this trip. And, your questions make one wonder what you will make of the real challenges that will surely come your way in an India trip.

There are a couple of options - (a) resolve to breathe deeply (even though that involves inhaling 10 times the maximum daily allowance of PM2.5 in each breath), go with the flow, take reasonable but not extraordinary precautions (like drinking boiled/bottled water, etc.), and deal with a Delhi belly or some other hardship if it comes your way, or (b) cancel the trip and go to some first world country (e.g. Canada, or somewhere in the Western Europe). You can either adopt the attitude that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, or else you’d be better off staying home - reading some Sanskrit, etc. I hope you fight it out and do get stronger as a result, but it will require greater intestinal fortitude than comes through in your posts.

I am sorry for the bluntness, which I felt compelled to employ because I am genuinely concerned about you and your trip.
#53
| Maha Guru Member
Keep your vaccinations upto date and make sure you take your prescribed medicines regularly.
Get your doctor to give you some stuff, just in case you might need them. Make a list of all the food which could be unsafe and avoid them. Bring your own plates and cutlery and mugs and glasses. Don't forget dish washing liquid as well.
Enjoy your time in India.
#54
| Loud Noisy Bird

Is chai safe to drink in India?

Originally posted by: kmalik View Post

Rajaajay -

I have been reluctant to put it into words - but I am a bit concerned about you and your trip.


Well, I didn't have much intestinal fortitude on my first trip. In fact, I was frightened of everyone and everything, especially the food.

I didn't have Indiamike to straighten me out. And some of the most negative warnings came from Indian-origin people in London. One guy told me to take a case full of biscuits and eat nothing else!

And yes, I got ill. Even though I stayed in relatively posh hotels. Suspect: fruit salad and ice cream. But it could have been anything.
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#55
| Humble servant of the self

Originally posted by: Nick-H View Post

Well, I didn't have much intestinal fortitude on my first trip. In fact, I was frightened of everyone and everything, especially the food.


There was a women at the end of all this, wasn't it? People die willingly for a women, and all the hurdles just seem enjoyable part of the gift, so managing few frights is nothing when love is the incentive :laugh:...OP will just have to move on without this advantage :D
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#56
| Loud Noisy Bird

Is chai safe to drink in India?

Originally posted by: jituyadav View Post

There was a women at the end of all this, wasn't it?


Not back then, no. Actually, I remember a guide wondering why I didn't marry Indian. Didn't think it was possible then, and certainly had no thoughts about living here.
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#57
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Originally posted by: kmalik View Post

Rajaajay -

I have been reluctant to put it into words - but I am a bit concerned about you and your trip. Along the lines of Jituyadav above - if your posts are reflective of the level of your angst, this could be a long trip. Airlines, chai and, to a lesser extent, paneer will be some of the safest things you will come across during this trip. And, your questions make one wonder what you will make of the real challenges that will surely come your way in an India trip.

There are a couple of options - (a) resolve to breathe deeply (even though that involves inhaling 10 times the maximum daily allowance of PM2.5 in each breath), go with the flow, take reasonable but not extraordinary precautions (like drinking boiled/bottled water, etc.), and deal with a Delhi belly or some other hardship if it comes your way, or (b) cancel the trip and go to some first world country (e.g. Canada, or somewhere in the Western Europe). You can either adopt the attitude that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, or else you’d be better off staying home - reading some Sanskrit, etc. I hope you fight it out and do get stronger as a result, but it will require greater intestinal fortitude than comes through in your posts.

I am sorry for the bluntness, which I felt compelled to employ because I am genuinely concerned about you and your trip.

Why worried? I just want to make sure I have all my questions answered before i go...so no meed for concern for me. I’m aware of traffic and pollution etc but i’m very excited and not worried about air or land travel anymore. It will certainly be an adventure! My only concern is just making sure I know what’s safe to eat and what isn’t, and I have zero questions about it anymore. Why are you concerned that i shouldn’t go? this is not an option for me as i’ve said before this is a trip of a lifetime and as i’m not a wealthy person this may be my only chance to go. nothing is going to stop me from going!
#58
| Humble Genius
Suggest you avoid raw paneer - it can cause problems esp if stomach is not used to Indian bacteria. Sometimes in dhaba / restaurant in the north they grate paneer on sabzi or daal , thats also raw paneer.
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also i shouldve mentioned this isn’t my first trip to asia and i’ve been to countries where tourists sometimes get sick and i’ve been lucky and never had an issue.
#60
| Loud Noisy Bird

Is chai safe to drink in India?

Maybe India is no different then
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