Aren’t these two fruits simply beautiful! They are delicious too. They closes they come to is the Lichi fruit of India. This is what we were served with as soon as we checked into the hotel Luckna House in Phuket, Thailand. Served with was thin crepes and freshly squeezed orange juice. I was in Singapore for a week to welcome into this world the latest member of our family, my nephew, Jake Kai Mudaliar (first name British, middle name Chinese and last name Indian).
My parents had flown down from Delhi and I from Mumbai to share this moment of joy with my brother and sister in law. It felt strange that my little brother is now a father. It was a family reunion for us. Now that Baby Jake had arrived and was sleeping most of the time, we decided to take a two day break to Thaliand. After contemplating on visiting Koh Sa Mui, Bangkok, Krabi, we finally zeroed onto Phuket and booked a 2 bedroom villa at Hotel Luckna House facing the pool.
Communication was bit of a challenge in Phuket. However we managed pretty well thanks to our hotel manager Art. He was owener, manager, driver all in one and his lady served us delicious Thai breakfast of fruits, sautéed veggies, rice porridge and sat at the reception. We managed to explain to Art what all we wanted to see in the next two days and that we were vegetarians. From then on he just took over! He took us to a Buddhist restaurant called Lotus where I had my best ever Thai meal. The menu card showed a nice selection of Thai salads, healthy drinks, lot of mock meat varieties.
After we ordered for our selection of food, Art ordered some more for us and his choice was splendid. The fried pieces of some fruit shell was a mock meat appetizer. It was simply delicious! The thai salad with its citrus punch was mouth watering. The place was so good that we went back the next day again for dinner.
On the first day we did a bit of city tour and then went to watch the famous Fanta Sea show which was ridiculously expensive at Rs 5000/- each and they used animals on stage. Just at the entrance of the show there a big crowd watching baby tiger drinking milk from a bottle. It was pathetic that a woman was shouting ‘come come see the baby tiger’ and the baby separated from its mom was drinking hungrily as if it had been kept hungry the whole day to be ready for the show.
I wanted to walk out of the show but we had already paid for it. They used tigers, elephants, cows, hens, goats on stage. I wonder how they are kept back stage. Another infuriating incidence was Tiger’s palace at the Fanta Sea theme park. It was an all white place bright with lot of light and two white tigers prisoned and walking around while people snapped and watched them. How uncomfortable must they be in so much light and white marble floor with no greenery or soil in sight. Has anyone else heard of Fanta Sea before? We need to create awareness about this and protest.