I have just returned to the UAE from India - and this trip made me a certified NRI (Non-Resident Indian). How, you ask?
My tummy crashed.
The way it does for foreigners who visit India and can't take the spicy food.
I felt ridiculous carrying a mineral water bottle around, like the firangi backpackers you see in India whose tummies can't take our desi water.
The street side stalls called out to the real Bhartiya (Indian) in me. Ah... the paneer-pakoras, the chaat-paaprees, the spicy, oily, mouthwatering stuff that I used to savour without reservation when I lived in India beckoned. And I, with my digestive system in a sorry state, stayed put.
I'm back in the UAE, and my tummy is still trying to get a foothold on slippery ground.
Can't wait to get the system going and then get back to the brown khubz and the shawarmas - oh how I missed thee, ya UAE!