It always helps to zoom out and get some perspective.
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…
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.