Sampling India

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India has a rich and diverse foodscape, with the cuisine changing as you travel from state to state, from the coast to the hills, from the desert to the mountains. Here is a sampling of some of the most common meals that can be found pan-India… and of course, it includes the ubiquitous chai.

These illustrations were originally done as part of a series on Indian food for a travel client, Gomowgli. Part 2 will probably follow in due course…

 

Sensitivity

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I’m tired of people telling others not to be sensitive, to grow thicker skin, to buck up and get real, be a man, etc etc. While I guess this is so that you develop some immunity to survive in this mad world, I’m not sure if being immune will really help.

The Reluctant NRI: Life in the UK vs life in India

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When I left India for the UK a couple of years ago a friend told me it would help me look at life more objectively. I don’t know if that’s happened or not but I know for sure that I’ve been able to appreciate the little things more in both countries. While I miss a gazillion things about India — roadside food, the warm, effusive people, the drama, the monsoons! — I have to admit that I enjoy crossing the road peacefully here :p I feel like I’ve experienced the extremes, the heat/dust/madness of Indian cities and the silence/peace of small town Britain and its gorgeous countryside. I’ve felt guilt, frustration, homesickness, awe and peace — and I can share all of these only in the way I know best.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What they say

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​ It baffles me that people will always take out time and effort to tell you how fat or thin or skinny or dark or something or the other you look. We’re a completely obsessed society. That people respond to you based on your physical appearance is something we’ve unfortunately ‘normalized’ and accepted. From the playground to the corporate world, it seems like there are plenty of opportunities for these predators… Who might well be completely unaware. All these years I seem to have been deaf to these comments… You only notice what you experience perhaps. I talked about this with a friend who said “Don’t worry, you’re gorgeous” and I wanted to say hey I’m not asking for validation. I’m not asking for confirmation that I’ve passed in some sort of test. I think we just need to stand up and say that this is not okay to people who make unthinking, inconsiderate, inane comments.