A Slice of India in Jozi

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

There is a sizable population of Indians in South Africa- some are modern day immigrants, and some are South African through and through: descended from Indian indentured servants brought over by the British to tend sugar cane fields and to build the railroad. The most densely populated-by-Indians cities are Durban followed by Johannesburg. Because of this I can get a slice of New Dehli in the Fordsburg section of Jozi. Instantly you’re transported from South Africa to a loud, colorful, dirty and crowded neighborhood filled with Indians and more importantly, Indian food.  We often go to Oriental Plaza on a Saturday for household supplies and fabric, but we decided to take my sister to the surrounding street markets. We stepped into the market on Mint Road, they sold everything from Bollywood DVDs, cheap jewelry, and PANI PURI. In India I can’t eat roadside pani puri because the water is not safe to drink for a non-resident….in Jozi there is no such issue so Neha and I ordered pani puri with imli pani (tamarand sauce) and chutney for ZAR5. Neha picked up a ring and P and I got dal and poha for the pantry, then we stuffed ourselves at one of the cafeteria like restaurants nearby. I recommend it as a fun Saturday alternative to Oriental Plaza, especially if you’re yearning for a taste of India.