There is no shortage of Indian influence in Nairobi. In the early 1900's, when the British were still at the helm in Kenya, they brought over hoards of workers from India to build the railway from Mombasa to Nairobi. The current giant population of Indians in Kenya is the result of that. So, there are tons of amazing Indian restaurants here, Indian shops, and lots and lots of Indian people. Indian presence here is like latino presence back in the US.
One Indian shopping center here is called Diamond Plaza. This place is seriously like stepping into Mumbai all the sudden. I go there a lot - for one, they have some great Indian food vendors - okay, well it's more like crappy fast indian food that is fly infested but cheap and as long as you don't look in the kitchens you enjoy the flavor..it's an outdoor food court type place, not like fine Indian dining and remember - there is no McDonalds here - we have Diamond Plaza. The place is nuts - as soon as you sit down, you are literally, seriously bombarded by like 20 guys shoving menus in your face so you will pick their restaurant out of the whole line up of choices in that food court..it's nuts. Aggressive and nuts but it's a part of how the place works. The other reason I go to Diamond Plaza is because my tailor is there. It's these Indian brothers that are very serious but funny at the same time. And getting clothing tailored is SUPER cheap here. So I take stuff to them at least every 2 weeks, especially a lot of the African clothing I've had made that needs adjusting. Here's what we are talking about here:
|The Grand Entrance|
|Chicken Tikka With an Ice cold coke - It's my Kenyan go to meal. No fastfood hamburgers or burritos here - but Chicken Tikka is a welcome alternative.|
|And you can buy these at Diamond Plaza|
|They have HOT mens fashion - that you can sport with your giant fro|
|You can buy anything here - from sari's to fake IPODs and other electronics to fruits and vegetables, and hundreds of colorful bangles and jewelry|
|How cute is this?|
|Dimple Tailoring - That's my joint!|
|The older brother runs the show. And they have just 3 staff members that work the sewing machines like nothing you have ever seen. They crank out your finished product in 20 minutes regardless of how complex the alteration is.|
|and they sell TONS of Indian Tunics|
|So beautiful and colorful and detailed - I love them.|
|I tried a couple on while i was waiting on my clothes to get fixed.|
Okay, so that is Diamond Plaza. It's like a little Indian world in Nairobi. It's a little bit dirty, a little bit chaotic, and a little bit out of my comfort zone - but I love it.