How Food and Cultural Diversity are Linked

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There is a common conception of varied cultures as one travels to different countries. The Italian cuisine for instance has left the world going gaga over their authenticity in pizza making and countless range in pastas. The freshness of the perfectly ripened tomatoes in the sauce to the taste of perfection in seasoning. If you are a fan of eat pray and love, then you already know where to go, where that muffin top is totally worth it. France may have some of the hardest words to speak but the Michelin star food makes up for the tongue. Paris, the city of love keeps you trapped in the magic of wine and tastes of the freshly baked bread. And if sitting in an open cafe, eating croissants and learning the art of doing nothing isn’t enough, the fashion will take you flying. 


Art and culture are as different as the people of different communities. With different builds, essence and history comes the defining ideologies of that culture and its people. Travelers dream of engaging with as many cultures and the civilization that gives its peculiarity. They are all unique and beautiful in their own way and it’s still a dream of many to feel them.


Some countries are known for their distinguished culture but India is one such country known for being host to more than one culture. Clearly not the biggest country on the map but caters to a large population that is divided into many religions and regions. From food to clothes to culture and history, the people define its essence and share it. Travelling within India itself is as much a cultural rollercoaster as elsewhere in the world.


The sambar and dosa in south india with the fresh taste of coconut compliments the delicious curry taste of the food is known for many benefits. Known for its range of spices to comfort in the tea gardens of Munnar that takes away all your stress. Yet not so far away in bengal, the sweet toothed people both in taste and tongue with the bengali sweets and craze in festivities like durga puja can leave you exhilarated for days. Then you enter the chaats and streets with a rich history of purani Dilli ( old Delhi). Get lost in the beauty and feels of the historical monuments and their intriguing chemistry. All the way through Ahmedabad, find the sweetness in the people of Gujarat with surprise tang in Dhokla and Khandvi. 


It does sound like a very diverse range of cultures spread all over the country yet itself is united by intense mythology of hindu beliefs. The famous Chaar Dhaam spread out in all four directions- Badrinath in North, Dwarkadhish in West, Jagannath Puri in East and Rameshwaram in South. The spiritual essence of Hindu mythology along with other cultural significance of different religions have somewhat managed to live in harmony for years. 

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Ashna Goel

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