It was a warm January day in Vadodara, in western India, when my aunt, Apeksha Kaki, announced that we were going to a soda shop. This was my first time visiting extended family in India, and I was eager to try local foods and drinks. So, I was a bit disappointed at the mention of soda.
"What kind of soda, Kaki?" I asked my aunt. "Like, Coca Cola?"
"Nai, Leena," she replied. "It's called ... soda, but it's not what you are used to."