Asians witnessed the commencement of unprecedented cultural
collaborations between the nine countries of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan,
Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Maldives.
“SASIAN Journeys”, the trans-disciplinary program is being steered by the Asian
Heritage Foundation (AHF) and Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), in
collaboration with prominent NGOs of the region in engagement with the
Smithsonian Institution, USA.
has a vast and varied vocabulary of traditional skills, supporting millions of
tenacious families as keepers of its rich heritage made vulnerable on account
of perilous deskilling and shrinking of the creative space. The challenges of a
beleaguered region with globalization, urbanization and industrialization
present themselves in a rapidly changing world order, adversely effecting
context of time honored systems.
We as, TWCI - The Writers Collective of India were
lucky enough to witness this collaboration of ideas, culture and cuisines at
the Lotus Bazaar held at ,The Ashok Hotel, New Delhi, few days
Chulha – the first food festival of South Asia’s culinary traditions curated by
celebrated food critic and scholar, Dr.Pushpesh Pant was a major highlight of
Chulha – I am sure quite a few may know the meaning of Sanjha Chulha, because
it's a very commonly used Punjabi term and also there used to be a television-soap
with the same name which showcased the Punjabi culture and family values.......It's
one of the most beautiful traditions of Punjab. It was started by Sri Guru
Nanak Dev jee (Holy Guru of Sikhs) in Western Punjab part of Pakistan as of
now. It was the tradition of langar (community feast) or community kitchen. It
was this langar tradition that led to Sanjha Chulha (Common/Combined Oven a
place where anyone and everyone can cook).....
delicacies which were showcased in Sanjha Chulha were inspirational for the
people who attended it and were curated by Chef Loomba, Chief Executive Chef of
The Ashok Hotel, New Delhi and his talented team of vhefs like Chef Sanjay and Chef Gaurav........ The Delicacies represented the country’s diversity
and food culture of the region . Pakistan showcased the Peshawri Paneer
and the Chapli kebabs...... Srilanka was represented by its Kukul Maas Curry
with Pol Roti (Coconut Roti).....Dish from Bangladeshi cuisine was S arson Mash
with Rice.....We had Afghani Naan with the Afghani Mutton Shorba ( Thin
soup) ....We also had the Chicken momos from Nepali cuisine but yes the
highlight for me was the Murg Rehana from our very own Indian repertoire,
also had the Biryani.....The Phirni was presented as the Dessert, which was
made very nicely and tasted yumm......
Looking forward to many more of such delicious encounters through such festivals which promote world heritage and love amongst the citizens of different cultures , color, creed and traditions........Food has no Boundaries......SO LET'S SPREAD LOVE AND PEACE THRU FOOD.............CHEERS !!!
Compiled By : Vickrham Vicky with Inputs from Ambika Sukumar
Pics By : Vickrham Vicky
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