I speak, of course, about the first time you chuffed Indian food. My first experience with Indian cuisine came in 1994 when I was 26. I got take-out (don't even remember the specific dishes) from a joint called India Palace. And when I tried the stuff, it was like a bomb going off in my mouth--but in a good way. The explosive mosaic of flavors was unlike anything I had ever experienced, and it absolutely knocked me out. From that moment I was a loyal devotee of the stuff.
But I understand many Westerners have a very different reaction. I mean, let's face it. The flavor profile of Indian food is rather different from any Western cuisine. And the intensity of the spicing is a bit much for some.
At any rate, I'm curious to know people's initial reaction to Indian food.