The Food in India

The Indian food is famous worldwide for being among the richest and most diverse cuisines in the globe. Popular for famous receipts like the curry sauce, the Indian food is actually a wide blend of various culinary styles. Travelers who visit India are usually interested to taste the famous traditional Indian dishes.

In fact, the major difference between the various Indian cuisines is actually the variations between the dishes of Northern and Southern India. The North Indian food is actually what people find in various restaurants around the world. Many travelers who tour India usually experience the dishes of Northern India.

The Northern Indian cuisine is characterized by the pieces of meat and vegetables that are soaked in tomato, onion, and yogurt sauces that are usually escorted by thick pieces of fresh bread. The Northern cuisine, on the other hand, is famous for being mostly vegetarian with the special use of spicy chili and coconuts and a large quantity of rice. Travelers enjoying their holidays in India are encouraged to try both cuisines are encouraged to try different dishes.

Vegetarian travelers in particular who travel to India would really enjoy their meals in the country. This is because many of the main dishes are meat-free. Moreover, most of the Hindus and many people who live in the Southern section of the country do not eat meat or fish. Many restaurants actually state if their dishes are vegetarian or non-vegetarian.

Meat lovers spending their vacations in India, on the other side, should be cautious concerning their meat dishes. This is because meat dishes are not quite available in many regions. They are usually presented in larger cities and the good dishes are usually served in more expensive restaurants and hotels.

Concerning where to eat while enjoying your tour in India, there are mainly three types of eating establishments in the country. The first is the cheap restaurants and cafes that are called Dhabas and Bhojanalayas. These places are usually basic but they present good dishes of vegetables soaked in curry, bread, and rice.

There are also the Udipi shops that sell some tasty traditional Indian snacks like Idli, vada and many other dishes where rice is main component. Travelers who spend their holidays in India are advised to try one of them at least.

For those who wish to have a fancier meal, there are many Veg and non-Veg restaurants that serve the middle and high classes in India. Many of the best restaurants in India, like any other country, are to be found in hotels. These restaurants can be rather expensive but they provide their customers with high-class authentic Indian dishes.

The last type of restaurants that is recommended for travelers who tour India are the traditional touristic restaurants that are found across the country in areas where many westerners reside. They offer many western dishes along with the famous chips, pancakes, omelets, and many other meals. This is in addition to some Indian curries and dishes.

The international chains of fast food can also be found in many regions in India where burgers do not include meat for the reasons we mentioned earlier. Pizzas fried chicken, burgers and fries fast food chains are often present in larger cities where travelers who spend their holiday in India would like to try sometime.

Going back to the famous curry sauce, in fact what most westerns or let us say non-Indians call curry covers a large variety of dishes that contain several herbs and spices. Can you imagine that the curry powder does not exist in India? This is because they believe in the authenticity of everything especially food and this is what travelers who tour India truly enjoy.

Burmese Bamboo

Burma is well known for its richness in natural resources and when speaking about this people do usually think immediately of e.g. Rubies, Jade and/or teak but no one would ever think that (although very beautiful when used for gardening and landscaping purposes) something as inconspicuous and ordinary as bamboo is an equally valuable natural resource. Burma has an awful lot of bamboo, which is of immense economic value and as such constitutes a presently, alas, almost untapped but highly profitable source of additional income.

Contrary to e.g. precious stones and jade, which are not renewable, thus finite and teak wood (that to renew till it becomes commercially valuable takes between 20 and 30 years) and bamboo (that to renew till it becomes commercially valuable takes only 3 years) are infinite.

As a member of the sub-family Bambusoideae of the grass family Poaceae or Gramineae, bamboo is a perennial flowering evergreen that is said to be originated some million years ago in what is nowadays China from where it started to conquer practically the entire world and developed into more than 1.400 ground and above-ground growing species in 115 genera.

Should someone ever ask whether you know the fastest growing plant on this planet you can rightfully answer, “Yes, I know that is bamboo.”

Out of the in Burma recorded total of 97 bamboo species, 15 belong to the species ‘Dendrocalamus’ (the local names of the top-three of them are Hmyin, Wapyu and Wabo-myet-san-gye) and 11 to the species ‘Gigantochloa’. These bamboos are also some of the 10 most economical species and are members of the group of so-called ‘Giant Bamboo or Timber Bamboo’. They grow under favourable soil and climate conditions within one growing season of some 4 months (rainy season) from ground/shooting level to their full height of about 33 ft/10 m with a culm (also called pole or stalk) diameter of 12 inch/30 cm. At this speed you can literally see the bamboo grow; no joke. Although the first harvest is possible after 1 year, the best harvesting time is after 3 years when the culms are fully hardened.

There is no natural resource that is renewing itself faster and no plant that is more versatile, stronger and at the same time flexible than bamboo. Burma’s Bamboo forests cover about 4.000 sq mi/10.500 sq km) of its land mass, which makes Burma – after China, Indonesia and India – the country with the world’s 4th largest area of valuable wild bamboo forest. Additionally to the already existing bamboo forests large areas of idle land could be transformed into environmentally friendly and balanced bamboo plantations.

Bamboo is a very easy to grow and undemanding, environmentally sustaining plant that easily adapts to different or changing soil and climate conditions. This, in turn, has the potential of turning raw bamboo and moreover bamboo article into products that will significantly contribute to the county’s export income once the Burmese bamboo (and Rattan) industry is capable of producing top-quality bamboo article. This will put the country in a position to successfully compete in the global market with other bamboo and bamboo products exporting countries such as China, Vietnam, Thailand and India. Globally, bamboo and bamboo article are a multi-billion USD business and for Burma is a large chunk of it up for grasps.

Bamboo is put to many uses. It is a formidable alternative to wood and used to build complete houses, a large array of furniture, household article and utensils, to make paper and textile fibre and, last but not least, its shoots are a delicacy in many (predominantly Asian) countries and its manifold medicinal properties are highly appreciated in traditional medicine.

With increasing popularity of bamboo and bamboo products in the west the global demand for bamboo and high-quality bamboo articles is rapidly increasing what offers Burma the great opportunity to translate its richness in the natural resource bamboo relatively quick into urgently needed hard cash on national, regional and local level. It opens windows especially for SME’s in the Bamboo industry what includes local private bamboo forest owners.

Main bamboo article in the global bamboo and bamboo product trade are apart from 1st class top-quality culms, for instance, bamboo flooring, bamboo walling, bamboo plywood, bamboo charcoal (to be used as fuel and/or filter), bamboo pulp and paper-based articles, bamboo furniture, bamboo woven products, as food article, preserved bamboo shoots and as ingredients for traditional medicine (homoeopathy) liquid extracts and dried and pulverised parts of several different bamboo species. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that Panda bears just can’t get enough of delicious bamboo leaves and tender twigs.

This article is an abridged version of a chapter of my next book ‘This Is The Real Burma-An Insider Is Writing About Burma And The Life In It 1′.

I have so far written and published five richly illustrated books on Burma. In my books I am writing extensively and detailed about the country, its people, culture, history and the life in it. The book titles are: ‘This Is The Real Burma – An Insider Is Writing About Burma And The Life In It’, ‘This Is The Real Burma – British Colonial Rangoon’, ‘This Is The Real Burma – Pagan/Bagan’ and ‘This Is The Real Burma – Shwedagon Pagoda’ and ‘Authentic Burmese Dishes – Cooking With Markus’. My next book will have the title ‘This Is The Real Burma – An Insider Is Writing About Burma And The Life In It 1′. It will be published by the end of 2016/beginning of 2017.

All of my books are available as Kindle eBooks on Amazon.

Three Incredible Things That You Must Try In Hawaii

Hawaii is one of the most beautiful islands that attract many tourists from around the world. It is a popular tourist destination that offers you the luxury of choosing from an array of options. You will create unforgettable memories and experience a vacation of your lifetime. Make sure that you try a few incredible activities to make your travel more special and create wonderful memories.

Below is the list of a few things that you should definitely try when you visit Hawaii:

Learn How To Surf

If you are planning a vacation to Hawaii, then you must learn how to surf as it is one of the best locations for surfers on this planet. You can enjoy and make the most out of your vacation if you will visit the following places in Hawaii:

Laniakea, Oahu
Ke’ei, Kealakekua Bay
Jaws, Maui

All the above places are ideal for surfers and you can enjoy while surfing. It is recommended that you include it in your itinerary.

Sailing the Na Pali Coast To See A Scenic View

It is suggested that you sail the Na Pali Coast to see a scenic view. You will witness waterfalls, dolphins, green turtles and green valleys from the sea level. By visiting this place, you will see the splendid beauty of Hawaii. You should definitely visit this place and capture a few good shots.

Hike The Most Quaint Trails

Hawaii is a hiker’s haven and hosts some of the most breathtaking hiking trails on this planet. You can discover the raw beauty of nature while hiking the most scenic trails in Hawaii. All the trails offer spectacular views and are the ideal place for an avid backpacker

You can rejuvenate your body, mind, and soul if you hike the below trails:

Maunawili Falls Trail, Oahu
Hanakapiai Falls Trail, Kauai
Pipiwai Trail, Maui

Your amazing vacation to Hawaii would be incomplete if you don’t try the above things and make sure you plan your trip accordingly. Hawaii has the perfect climate for a relaxing holiday. You can explore your ideal travel vacation on this tropical island. This beautiful place offers interesting experiences that entice many tourists. Don’t forget to try its delectable cuisine.


Hawaii has something to offer to any traveler and offers unique experiences. It is one of the most beautiful places on this planet and is the ideal vacation destination for all the nature lovers.