Foodscape

The Spirit of Spring.

I remembered the great Irish men I read about, my favorite Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, the Nobel Prize winning William Butler Yeats and even Jonathan Swift of Gulliver’s Travel I read as a child. This made me eulogize the only Irish connection I had through my years at Loreto House, an establishment by the Irish nuns in India.

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The stirring string of a Native Tongue.

"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart."
---Nelson Mandela---

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As we celebrate International Mother Language Day, with much reverence and fervor we do travel back to our roots, our heritage, lineage and culture and hope to preserve all the glory and richness of our ethnicity contributing to the melting pot that the world is Today. One can feel strongly about his ancestral land and language even though he is continents and oceans apart from his native land. Here is how a string of words stirred a soul in the heart of Manhattan, New York. It didn't have to be through a speech in a seminar, in a symposium or in a literary convention of a forum. It was through a heart- to- heart talk.


A FRUITFUL ESCAPADE‏

The merry Christmas and Happy New Year signs are quickly replaced by Happy Valentine's Day signs that lures You to some more chocolatey sins, as if all those cookies and Christmas Cakes have not made you a sinner enough. But then you come across some reality checks with signs that makes you laugh out loud as you read ‘God if you cannot make me skinny this year please make my friends fat’. Suddenly the sugar rush gives way to a sugar crash. Now everyone wants to shed the extra pounds they have blissfully gathered from those cakes in the last couple of months. One after all has to get ready for summer and for the much sought after thin and lean look. It's funny to find people carefully reading every label before they even open a bag of chips.

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A Christmas Market Fiesta.


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I followed the trail of the delicious aura of Czech food that wafted across the streets of Bohemia and landed straight at its heartland, the Old Town Square of Prague. To me it was the Mecca of Street food. The sweet smell of ginger bread and roasting sausages drifted along with the crowd through the cold air. Warm apple cider, cold holiday beer and warm spiced wine delighted the senses as one revels in the enchantment of the season.


A Thanksgiving Melody.

Thanksgiving is not just eating turkey and pumpkin pies. It is about family bonding, upholding traditions and connecting to one’s own roots.



Veteran's Day the Chestnut Way.

Ever heard of veteran's day celebrated with chestnuts...not until now...



A Movable Feast

Durga Pujo in New Jersey where a miniature Kolkata is being recreated albeit in an abridged version........

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A mid summer night’s dream.

 A walk past this group of truck based food vendors in the dead of night is a gastronomical delight. 



Food on the Fast Lane.

There is a sea change in the food scenario across the seas. For one food is to be relished at leisure with pleasure and repose,for others food is blitz, thrill, action and excitement.But who can resist the fatal attraction of fast food?


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Tango with the Mango- from India to the Americas

Mango.....The king of fruits allures the perennial bengali taste bud of mine. Missing out on the himshagor and lyangra variety here.


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