Indians love to travel. They are visible all over India: going to weddings, making a pilgrimage to a holy destination and on school holidays, just to name a few. For the most part, they travel in groups and aren’t familiar with the concept of traveling light.
While in south India I was taking a short cut through the bus station and came upon two parked buses that caught my attention. They were colorfully painted but beside them you could see entire kitchens set up right there in the station with the tantalizing aroma of delicious meals filling the air.
You can see that these groups are traveling with their own canisters of gas and huge cauldrons. In the south in particular, strict vegetarians are common. Their dietary requirements are very important to them so they bring a cook along and everything else necessary. Make shift kitchens go up wherever possible, not just in the bus station.
No meal in India is complete without lots of dried, red chiles…and piles of tomatoes and onions…and a big smile.