The Aromatic Romance of Indian Curry
The Indian Curry has journeyed across time and place becoming the oldest continuously eaten dish on the planet!
The sumptuous smell of burnt garlic and fried brown onions enter my nostrils. The hot smell of spices fill the air. The mouthwatering taste of garam masala topped off with turmeric, chilli powder and pepper dazzles me, I can feel its taste on my tongue. It is then that I know; the most fulfilling meal awaits me. I am ready to tuck in!
These rather illustrious sentiments of mine were shared by the colonists who came to the Indian shores in the 17th century. They might have come to trade or plunder this rich land, dominate their culture over the people of this subcontinent. What these colonists were definitely not ready for was the spicy aromatic flavours of the native food that hung over a village street, dancing on the wind, inviting every passerby to stay for lunch.
It was because of this addictive food that kept evolving with the myriad communities of the Indian society that the British might have gotten confused with what to call a standard Indian meal.
Even today when someone remarks about their love for ‘Indian Food’ I often wonder what that is. Do they mean the Xacuti or the Fish Curry the Goans cook or the ghee based gravies of the North, Dal Bati of Rajasthan, the Mangalorean curry or the food cooked using mustard oil in Bengal? Read more about The Aromatic Romance of Indian Curry …
Homi Bhabha and Modern Art
A man who played a soothing rhythm of science and art
Every science touches art at some points—every art has its scientific side; the worst man of science is he who is never an artist, and the worst artist is he who is never a man of science.
Despite this metaphoric description of how art and science blend together like bread and butter, today’s education system holds these two apart like chalk and cheese. It is pointed out time and again that those who master in science cannot excel at art and vice versa.
Owing to this prejudice set in stone in our minds, we were a bit skeptical while making our way towards the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research for an art walk.
The TIFR is a famous institute governed under the Central Government of India which primarily encourages education and research in physics and mathematics.
What art could they possibly possess? Read more about Homi Bhabha and Modern Art …
Queen Victoria: A Feminist Icon
The Queen who reigned over Great Britain for over 6 decades in the 1800s had a very different view of gender equality
Imagine living in a lavishly decorated mansion. Enough rooms to house a mini army.
Despite all this, imagine sharing a room with your mother, having to hold your governesses hand while climbing down the stairs even when you are as old as 17. Never being left alone, playing with the plethora of dolls you own but never having any real friends your own age except maybe your German governess to keep you company.
This was how Queen Victoria grew up.
Her frustration is very evident in the famous anecdote about when she became the Queen.
Two men from St James Palace arrived at the 18 year old Princess’ home at Kensington Palace bearing the news of her uncle’s death. Victoria was asleep. Read more about Queen Victoria: A Feminist Icon …
How Bombay Became Mumbai
A brief history of Bombay
Maybe it seems like a fantasyland, a land where money grows on trees. Or maybe it is just a throbbing vein that attracts blood cells from all over. Be it the fish eating Konkanis, the carol singing Goan Christians or be it the Banias from the north- You’ll find each kind of human specimen thriving here. This is Mumbai. Read more about How Bombay Became Mumbai …