An Indian in Bergen – or a US citizen in Bergen? (or shall we call it – the importance of knowing your Hing”?)

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But why is hing important? I didn’t realize why until I “missed” this spice in some daal I had made during my phase of experimentation and self-learning (by reconstructing “recipes” through an exploration of taste -memory)… I didn’t actually know then that *this* was the spice missing – until, when I was visiting a friend in 4531 Forbes I smelled it as she plonked a pinch of it into the hot oil “bagaar”/ “tadka”  that was being readied to go into the boiled daal (lentils)… Then came pouring all memories of these bottles and realization that despite my pooh pooh ing of what my mother tried to teach me – I had learned something. What you put in the food and how you prepare it makes a world of difference to one’s state of mind.

Food is home.

But what home – which home – which spacio-temporal home is each of us reaching for?



  1. Posted July 24, 2015 at 3:34 am | Permalink

    Next blog post – just as a reminder to myself – is about language and how it “hails” us in the streets – as “home” – whether in Paris or Bergen.

  2. Pallavi Guha
    Posted July 24, 2015 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    Loved reading this — resonates a lot. Having lived in a couple of countries, looking for Indian spices etc is like treasure hunting!

  3. Posted November 13, 2015 at 5:02 am | Permalink

    thanks Pallavi!

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