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5.0 out of 5 stars The food is stunning BUT look beyond, 25 Oct. 2013
This review is from: Rick Stein's India [DVD] (DVD)
This is a fabulous series no doubt:simple dishes to make,with Ricky's easy manner demonstrating the most complex of recipes for the viewer to follow.

The use of colour in the choice of ingredients and locations makes this a visual feast.

I spent my childhood years in Bombay,Madras and Calcutta and remember the abject poverty everywhere you went.Nothing has changed.For a country that's supposed to be on the up India still has a long way to go.

Off camera and in the background you can see the squalor,the open drains,the sweat shops.It's sad now as it was 100 years ago,a country that appears to be in limbo.

The people are gregarious:wherever a camera crew are spotted they are there giving their help,advice and input to add to the flavour of Stein's series.You can't fault them.They really are friendly.

Credit to Rick Stein and his producers for allowing these scenes to be framed.

We can appreciate Stein's gift of presenting wonderful food to us, the amateur chefs, but perhaps this series might be viewed one day as a social commentary on emerging India.

For me a very thought provoking essay but there's a lot more beyond the cookery facade......
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Initial post: 4 Apr 2014, 15:46:51 BST
Last edited by the author on 4 Apr 2014, 15:47:39 BST
jw/mana says:
Hi Robert, Thanks for such an en-lightening review. I only caught the last part of the series and loved what I saw.
Like you I also spent my chilhood in Calcutta or Kolkata as it's now known as well as doing most of my schooling in the hills of Darjeeling/Kurseong and Naini Tal.
I now live on Anglesey over looking the Snowdonia range on the mainland which reminds me, albeit in a much smaller way, of those hills and Himalaya mountains of my youth.
Thanks for the reminder as I will now order the dvd once I have finished this post.
Regards,
John.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Apr 2014, 09:40:40 BST
Last edited by the author on 5 Apr 2014, 09:45:52 BST
Hello John,thanks for your comments.
Your area sounds beautiful,and a pleasure to live in.How lucky you are.
Here on a clear day we can see the snow-capped Pyrenees,but the locals say that if you can see those mountains we'll be in for bad weather soon!
I've enjoyed some of your reviews which have a refreshing honesty,long may they continue.
Best wishes,Bob.

Posted on 25 Apr 2014, 11:51:57 BST
We have gone to India every year for the last 7 years. I learnt on visit No3 to look beyond the so called squalor, look at the faces, are they happy? The answer 8 times out of 10 is a big YES. I asked what I thought was a down and out living near Panjim what it was like to live in a slum. You would not believe the bollocking he gave me. How dare I call his home a slum, how dare I assume he was a beggar, how dare I try to impose European standards on India. I was told to go forth and multiply very politely!

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In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2014, 08:37:44 BST
Thanks for your comment,David.
I can see that your tramp has a valid cause: MY own observations are based on MY perceptions of our own culture,not on HIS.
Everything is relative is the lesson to be learnt I suppose.
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