Posts Tagged ‘nostalgia’

The Proud Indian Wedding

November 7, 2012

It’s such an amazing and incredible feeling, I just have to write about it and share it with everyone. Especially with all the other NRIs like myself who have left their beloved India, moved abroad, and made a life there. I too moved to DC about ten years ago. Met and fell in love hopelessly with my beautiful ‘now-wife’ Angie. And ever since, we have lived happily with our two kids Josh & Jennifer, here in America.

But what is the reason for my extreme happiness? Well, ever since I left India I have missed it immensely. I have never hidden this fact. My parents back in Aurangabad, the friends I grew up with, the smells and sights of my childhood, which was a very happy one; everything about my India – the people, the places, and the incidents, I have missed. Unfortunately, Angie and my schedules have never quite matched, and we have seldom been able to go back, together. Mostly we just send the kids to their grandparents, and then I make the odd trip back home. But never has there been a real opportunity for Angie and me to travel back to India, together.

And that’s the opportunity that’s finally here. My sister is getting married in Delhi. And we are all packed to leave for India, not just for the wedding, but for two extra weeks. And the excitement is just unbeatable. The best part is, not just me, Angie too has been waiting for something like this to happen for a long time. And just the thought that it’s finally going to come true, is truly exciting for both of us.

So what do I have planned? The bottom line is to show off my beautiful country, its traditions, food, sights, and weddings, to the hilt. And share all of this together as a family. The festivities will kick off with the wedding itself – The music, dancing, the beautiful traditional ceremonies of the Mehendi. All the regal & elaborate clothes. The yummy ‘shaadi’ food. It’s going to be a treat. And then, after the wedding when my sister and her newlywed husband are off to their honeymoon; Angie, the kids & I will take my parents and head down south to the backwaters in Kerela!

Just spend some quality family time together on a house boat, while we soak in the pristine scenery and charm of the mesmerizing backwaters. Eat the yummy South Indian food. Get drunk on some rustic toddy. And do all the things that I love to do in my country. It’s going to be one heck of a trip. And I can’t wait for Angie, Josh and Jennifer, to get this dose of Indian flavors!

 

Comfort Food

September 26, 2012

 

Food is such an important and integral part of our identities, but we tend to take it for granted. I was recently at a fundraiser from my office in London and to my utter and rather pleasant surprise the food theme for the evening was ‘Chaat’. Yes, good old Indian Chaat! Dipping my fingers into that ‘pattal’ of dahi-puri, standing in this posh London hotel, I was transported to the chaat stands of Lajpat Nagar, where I spent so many delightful afternoons and evenings through my childhood in Delhi. Inexpensive, yummy, comfort food; typically Delhi, typically Indian, and very nostalgic!

 

That evening I realized that living abroad we hanker after everything Western. NRIs, like always, have this hidden desire to fit in. Often this desperate need to fit in makes us divorce what is so much a part of our beings. And good old Indian comfort food is one such thing that goes out the window making way for, although yummy, Western food but food that doesn’t really have an emotional, sentimental and cultural connect with us.

After that fundraiser I came home and told my wife that we would make each Sunday a day dedicated to all our Indian childhood favorite foods. We have put that tradition into practice ever since. Not only has it brought us great food, it has also brought back the best memories of our childhoods which has bonded us once again with our home country, our families and our young children with whom we can now enjoy a genuine slice of Indian culture. All this thanks to the mouthwatering Indian comfort food treats that we prepare religiously each weekend. There is nothing quite like the comforting warm feeling of familiar childhood hits!


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