Sunday, July 25, 2010

Food is Bliss

The Delhi khana (or the Delhi foodie) group is a great stress buster for me, a break from the mundane existence. Though, the group’s commitment to a particular nature of food was absolute…non-elite joints for the masses that serve non-vegetarian food, with the flavour of a unique culture….that does not come easy: it is either due to years of doing…or is a legacy passed on and kept alive by generations by practice. Here food defies logic.

Lately, there have been intruders who are vegetarians, and they have effectively changed the mandate of the group, or I would say, expanded the mandate of the group, have shown the gang that all that is true for meat can equally be true for grass. Crass is what some of us may think of this. But they have a point.

I would put it like this: the greatest gift God has bestowed to humanity is taste buds [Bitter tastes are mostly sensed towards the back and rear sides of the tongue while salty and sweet tastes are mostly tasted at the tip and sour tastes are mostly tasted at the sides of the tongue, at the middle and towards the front]. The greatest feast of the humanity has been to pamper these taste buds in so many significant and magnificent ways, unique across communities, regions and nations. It is the combined effect of bitter, sweet and sour taste buds when they act in tandem, when they send certain scrumptious signals to the brain, is when indulgence, gluttony, hogging seem virtue, even in retrospect. It is then you realise the indulgence can be divine, and lust can lead to deliverance. It would be greatest shame if taste buds don’t get pampered in their life time a thousand times at least; if they don’t get exposed enough to the (one of the) greatest sensations that are carnal, and spiritual at the same time.

Cooking is an art of living that all must practice; source of great joy that all must share. Who is inviting me? When is the next outing?

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