All posts tagged: culture

Are we losing our culture and history through our food? This new year know what you eat & what comes to your plate

Food bears a different meaning for each one of us. Celebration, community, comfort, happiness, sharing, culture is some of the broader symbolization or spirit of our food. In the past several years or even since the time we grew up as adults (especially if you are a 70’s or 80’s kid) there has been a transformation in what we eat, how we eat and where we eat. While we see some noticeable and some barely noticeable changes in our food patterns, somewhere back in the areas where our food grows, probably an entire generation of food is becoming history. Did you know that as per environmentalists there were more than 100,000 varieties of rice that existed in India once, now there are only 50. This might help you visualize it better; few years back Basmati rice was a luxury in my house back in Gujarat. During festivals or celebrations, my mother would get this special bag of Basmati rice from the nearby grocery. As a middle-class household we used to find it quite expensive and hence …

Through the Vintage lanes of Mumbai II

“LOVE – LIFE – CRICKET” Indians have three passions – Food, Bollywood and Cricket. Cricket is not just a game for us but a heart hailed cause that brings the entire nation together. We scream, we cry and even the non-believers pray to the almighty with a pacing heart. This picture is from the lanes of Thakur Wadi. Thakur Wadi is a Chawl in South Mumbai. A Chawl is a structure of accommodation which is usually ground plus few floors with small houses right next to each other. In a Chawl unlike today’s housing apartments, everyone knows each other. A Chawl is a big happy Indian family who is a partner in every tiny celebration and events of grief. They grow together, live together and stay intertwined for life. The picture as it is framed, shows you a glimpse of life here. The sun was about to set and the kids, who have just returned from the school, were busy playing their favorite game. While they ran and shouted in excitement and happiness their parents and neighbors watched …