Friday, November 23, 2007

Thanks Giving / Black Friday...

First of all, I have updated my previous blog with some good photos of NY city. Check out those.

http://ootb-jaggu.blogspot.com/2007/11/those-4-months-near-new-york.html

Coming to my thanks giving day experience in US for the first time.......

I was lucky enough to be a part of traditional Thanks Giving Day party hosted by one of my american team mates. Invited me along with fellow team mate & family ( from Kerala, India), another team mate ( From Hyderabad, India ) and a Couple from Ireland.

It was a very good expereince to be a part of that party as there were people from different countries, different cultures and different attitudes. We discussed lot of topics like traffic, food, relations, marriages...what not..... Believe me...I knew so many interesting things from other countries as well.



I gave an idol of famous Indian God ( Lord Venkateswara ) as a gift to that family which made them feel happy.

I was the only vegetarian in the party. They made vegetarian dishes for me. After having good lunch, we went to a walking trail near by their house. Anyways, a day has to end somehow, so came back with good memories.

The next day was a bit funny. As you know, all US shops will have huge discount sales on the day next to thanks giving, which is popularly called as Black Friday. I went to Best Buy ( famous electronics shop ) in the morning 1 AM just to try for a laptop deal. Oh my god, the queue started the previous night at 9 PM itself for the dicsount products. But it was a good experience to see such crowd.

Finally belated Thanks Giving Day wishes for you all and hope you also had a good day.....

22 comments:

Compassion Unlimitted said...

Its good to hear the oppurtunity you had to get exposed to various cultures.It is very enriching.
One additional thing which is my personal view.Take it or leave it.
In my younger years i also used to gift Gods images to foreigners.Once I realised that they were not in a position to give the due respect ,I stopped giving the idols,instead switched over to handicrafts of which one has endless choices in our country.
Just a suggestion,Pl dont mistake

TC
CU
TC

c e e d y said...

Hey that was cool, congrats :)
You did have a good time and this memory will last with you for long.

Did you get the laptop or no finally after standing in the queue?

Jaggu said...

@Ceedy
Chintan...I dint get the laptop as there were 90+ members before me in the queue and everybody wanted only laptop for obvious reasons..

@compassion unlimited
Hey...its fine. I dint take it wrong. But I feel if we explain the importance they will give a due respect, ofcourse it may not be true in all cases. In my case it was true because they had put that in a very proper place as we generally put...:)

Aarthi said...

What is "Thanks giving day" ?

Madhavi said...

Hey nice blog u gt here...m glad stopped by ur place..u too keep arnd my place...:)n cool pics as wel..
Cheers
Madhavi (Mads)

Jaggu said...

@aarthi
Hey...good question. Thanks Giving Day is almost another big festive season in US like Christmas. To make you understand, this is similar like any of our major festivals diwali, pongal etc. They will also invite all friends, relatives and prepare various dishes and thank god for all the good things he gave to them. This is also called as Turkey day as they cook turkeys that day as special. Find more info through below link..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving

Jaggu said...

@Mads
Thanks Mads..keep reading my blog...u may get some interesting updates..

anonme said...

that was nice!
wonder wat vegetarian dishes u got to eat! isn't turkey like the prime dish for the day there?? :D
and abt the movies remark, was that a compliment??

just a nice girl said...

beautiful pics of New York you have got here. I wish I could once visit the city.

Nice blog you have, I will stop by often I guess :)

Jaggu said...

@anonme
I got to eat a dish with corn bread, a cranberry dish and few indian dishes which we brought.:).
Yes...turkey was the primary dish..it was good experience to see the preparation of that...
And you are right...that was a compliment for you.

Jaggu said...

@just a nice girl
Thanks for stopping by my blog..
And yes i wish you will stop by often to check interesting updates..

Jaggu said...

@just a nice girl
Good thought of visiting New York. Let me know if u need guidance in the city..ha ha..:)

Vandita said...

hey happy belated thanksgiving to u too ...
i know a bit abt it coz my bro and sis are both in US... sounds like a whole lotta fun ...i'll get to experience it all when i get there!

just a nice girl said...

sure will keep tis in mind when i come to New York :D

Jaggu said...

@vandita
Thanks for the wishes. Yes, it will be fun and interesting that day if you get a chance to meet them. Wish u will get a chance..

Jaggu said...

@just a nice girl
Sure u r welcome anytime

KP said...

hope u had good holiday...i love black friday...i hate standing in the line for shopping.....:)

Aarthi said...

Hey Jaggu thanks a lot for that elaborate explanation along with url..)

Viji said...

Hmmm, the mad rush was covered in the news too !! Looks like it might be more fun than Boxing Day(our equivalent in Uk)...

divya said...

hmm for how much do u get a lappy after the thanx giving day?? i wud love to get myself one next year :P and would love it more if ur sending it at a cheaper price as i cant make it to the US. Poor me :(

Jaggu said...

@divya
the offer for Sony Vaoi laptop is $399 ( actual price is $749 ). So with this I guess you can expect the rush over there. Its very tough to get this deal until we go and stand in the line from previous night. Anyways u can get other deals as well. Let me know, we can go for it....:))

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