Jaipur Diaries: Chapter 8

The One with the Old City Inspiration for Chapter 8 was not hard to come by. For a while, I was dilly-dallying with the idea of dedicating a chapter to the Bangali Bajaar (Bengali Market). There’s a full fledged ‘Mandi’ stocking atypical requirements of the Bengali kitchen including Jharna Ghee (clarified butter) and Bori (Oxford …

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Of caste, class, politics, and…food: Part II

Now that brings me to the other - this time accurate observation - in the article: Upper Caste Hindus (read Brahmins) and their austere Vegetarian food habits, which is their ‘superiority card’. A lot has been written about the ‘vegetarian fascism’ ever since the Modi Government came into power. Food - as I am sure …

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Of caste, class, politics, and…food: Part I

'In India, caste system ensures you are what you eat'... reads the headline of a rather engaging article I stumbled upon during my daily dosage of FaceBook scouring one of these days. The article is largely about a new trend in cookbooks, i.e. chronicling of traditional recipes according to caste rather than region. After giving …

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Jaipur Diaries: Chapter 7

Home Theater! Watching movies and writing about them are two very distinct activities. While watching movies - not necessarily strictly curated ones - is still pretty much a regular affair, I have not written about any in a long-long time. Considering the sheer number of movies we do watch, I ought to write my perceptions and …

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