The role of food in evoking emotions and bringing us together
Whenever you think about your favorite food, several thoughts enthrall your mind. Those memories are usually related to your favorite person you want to have it with, your favorite place or restaurant, or a person who cooks it best.
All these experiences are attached to just a food item. We have so many opportunities in our food choices.
Healthy- good for us
Indulgent- fun and exciting
Tasty – satisfy the craving
But it’s always a challenge that each one of us has so many choices to make and how to balance those choices is an important part of our daily existence.
India, being a multi-religious country gives so many chances in form of festivals to celebrate the fellowship with friends and family. These festivals are always anticipated with a wonderful table filled with bountiful food items.
Being a necessity for survival, food has traveled across the border and become a universal expression of love. Succeeding a unique style of cooking a meal from your elders and passing that skill to your posterity is one of our oldest traditions. This is a way for some to preserve the memory and identity of their lost homelands.
Food prints of partition
The Partition of India was perhaps one of the most crisis-ridden and violent and times in history. It is considered as one of the largest migration of people took in history. The event was marked by immense loss and bloodshed with psychological trauma.
People’s lives were changed overnight so was their cuisine. Just as other things, developed, evolved, and gave itself a new identity.
The Partition led to the enhancement of new food culture in several parts of the country, which shows a cultural blend of pre- and post-Partition traditions.
From tandoori chicken to Pindi chole, many of us crave food items that came with immigrants from the other side of the border. These evolutions have not just managed to keep soul and body together, but also kept alive the culture and memories beyond any political boundaries.
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It’s always there for you.
From an unexpected heartbreak to a debacle at your workplace, just like a good friend it is always there for you. For a fleeting moment, the aroma & taste of your favorite food gel well with that awful feeling.
It brings people together.
In one of the interviews, Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan had confessed, “it is a rule in our house to have a meal with entire family irrespective to the fact, wheresoever we are.”
Another Bollywood diva, Deepika Padukone recently said that she eats dinner with her husband and never misses it.
These culinary traditions have united us together. By sharing a meal over the dining table takes us on a trip down to a memory lane having deep conversations and resolving issues with each other. This allows us to foster lifelong connections.
Be a Hunger Hero
We cannot even overlook the fact that approximately 200 million children are undernourished in India. And it’s disheartening to know this fact that around 40% of food gets wasted every year in our country. An edible item that is leftover for us can be a source of happiness for others. So, how about feeding those people with little smiles and food and be a hunger hero for them?
Description: India, being a multi-religious country gives so many chances in form of festivals to celebrate the fellowship with friends and family. These festivals are always anticipated with a wonderful table filled with bountiful food items.
Here food plays a vital role in evoking emotions and bringing us together.