Food at the cultural divide – the burrito and the salad sandwich

There is a very poignant scene in Mira Nair's cinematic adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri's novel, The Namesake. Having recently arrived in the United States, Ashima Ganguli, finds Rice Krispies in the cupboard and proceeds to eat it as she would the Bengali snack, jhalmuri. Watching the film again, the scene reminded me of a moment … Continue reading Food at the cultural divide – the burrito and the salad sandwich

Bt brinjal bharta – a saga of lau and whylence.

I couldn't fail to be amused. India's Environment Minister Jayram Ramesh calls for the introduction of a genetically-modified insect-resistant crop plant dubbed the Bt brinjal and the nation goes crazy. First, I owe my global readers an explanation. What is known in Indian English as the brinjal is also known elsewhere as the eggplant and the … Continue reading Bt brinjal bharta – a saga of lau and whylence.