Whether you like it or not you cannot but help being caught up in Olympic fever. The trials, tribulations and stories of the athletes is inspirational. The limits to which you can push the human body is amazing. The city of London looks spectacular in all its summer glory. The sightings of members of the Royal Family are thrilling!
India and Britain have a long history together. So I thought it befitting that in honor of Britain hosting the Olympics, and in honor of India where our beautiful linens are made, I would assemble a list of traditions that still continue till today in India – a legacy of 200 years of British rule.
A plantation chair – most homes in India will have at least one of these. An icon of open-air relaxation its perfect if you are trying to put togther a colonial decor inspired room.
Yes. Indians will stop whatever they’re doing for their afternoon tea. Only they call it “chai”
I had to throw E.M.Forster’s masterpiece “A Passage to India” into the mix. Who has seen this film and not been moved and fascinated by the characters?
Aaah to spend a lazy afternoon in the verandah!!!! A roofed porch, sometimes with walls or partial walls, that is attached to the house, it is a must in every Indian home. A place that allows the garden area to be enjoyed even in less than perfect weather conditions.
Trifle pudding! It is to the British what Apple pie is to the Americans! The smallest roadside bakery to the most lavish urban one will sell you this delicious dessert!
Here is something Indians gave the British – Jodhpurs! They originated from an ancient style of Indian trousers called the “churidar”, which is tight around the calf and baggy at the hips, still worn at traditional Indian weddings, especially in what is today the modern state of Rajasthan, which has its capital at the city of Jaipur – where our linens are made!
One of my favorite dishes – Kedgeree! Nothing as comforting to a troubled Indian soul as this dish! And the best part of it is that it works for breakfast, lunch or dinner!!! If you’re adventurous enough to try it, here is a fabulous recipe by Jamie Oliver.
I simply cannot wrap this up without mentioning cricket, India’s great national sport! The entire history of cricket in India is based on the existence and development of the British Raj. Even my 90 year old grandmother will watch cricket matches and cheer the Indian team!!!
I hope you enjoyed this Monday Mix – a little bit of trivia, a little bit of fun, and a whole lot of Britain! Now excuse me while I go watch Downton Abbey!