Travelogue: A Month-Long Tour of India: Second Stop: Vendors and Local Stores

In India, the food available in convenience stores, airports and public places is a source of fascination for first-time visitors, and with good reason. Looking at food is an easy way to get an idea of exactly how much is different in this part of the world, from taste and texture to naming conventions. In the second installment of a four-part series, Feast columnist Heidi Dean discovers sandwiches have curry-colored fillings, names of salty snacks that leave little clue as to how the contents taste and bottles of wine tend to be de-alcoholized.

Text and photography by Heidi Dean