Author: Lily Swarn

Olive Oil has been in use from the Neolithic Age to the Present Times

Reading Time: 3 minutesA native of the Mediterranean basin, the olive tree was known to people during the Neolithic Age, as early as the 8th Millennium BC. They were known to collect wild olives. The origin of the wild olive tree could either be in Asia Minor or in Ancient Greece. There are doubts and debates about the […]

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The Origin and Journey of Kachori, a Popular Indian Street Food

Reading Time: 4 minutesLily tells us about the origin and journey of Kachoris along the trade routes in India. Learn more about the delicious street food, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. A walk through the colourful bazaars of India, on a sunny winter’s day, is a delight. One of the sights that you might encounter […]

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The Journey of Halva to India

Reading Time: 3 minutesNo one is exactly sure when halva, the dish or its name travelled south and east to Syria, Lebanon, the Gulf states and then to Afghanistan, finally reaching India. Moghuls acquainted the Indians with it in the 16th century, says Lily, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. I am sitting with my head […]

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Where did Baklava Originate: Greece or Turkey?

Reading Time: 3 minutesBaklava’s origin is always surrounded by the claims of both the Greeks and the Turks. The most ancient recipe from 2nd century BCE that resembles a similar dessert, is a baked dough dessert placenta covered with honey during Roman times. Lily unravels its mystery, tracing its origins, claims, and counterclaims, in the weekly column, exclusively […]

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The Origin of Hamburger Remains Mysterious

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe origin of the cultural culinary icon of America, Hamburger, is shrouded in mystery. Lily tells us about this amazing fast food, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths.   America is truly a heavenly destination for its favourite food, the hamburger. The Philadelphia Cheese Burger was high on my priority list on my […]

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Durga: A Fort

Reading Time: 1 minuteLily invokes Durga, in verse, who fortifies her devotees, in the special feature, in Different Truths. O Divine Mother, I bow to thee, bow to thee, bow to thee A fort, protecting humans from forces of misery and evil O destroyer of selfishness, jealousy, prejudice, anger, ego The potent side of womanhood believed to be […]

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Shukto: An Essential Bengali Cuisine not Influenced by the Portuguese Cooking

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe Portuguese arrived very late, in the 16th century in India, but the medicinal value of eating bitter at the start of the meal was laid down by the great sages and physicians of Ayurveda in ancient times. Susruta, Charaka, Dhanwantari were a few of them. Bengal was most probably the last bastion of the Ayurvedic […]

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Litti Chokha: Relished by a Peasant, the Rich and Famous and the Royalties

Reading Time: 4 minutesLitti Chokha is an inexpensive proletariat diet that even the rich enjoy. It played an important role in the First War of Independence in 1857. The freedom fighters virtually survived on it. Its simplicity endeared it to many including Tantia Tope and Rani Lakshmi Bai. Lily traces the history of this humble cuisine from Bihar, […]

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The Valiant Ones

Reading Time: 1 minuteLily pays tribute to teachers in a poem, as a special feature, in Different Truths.    They are the valiant ones  Teaching life by leading  Holding hands as toddlers  Walking you through the woods  Putting smiles on faces Frowning at your insecurities  Boosting up sagging spirits    They are the valiant ones  Showing you a […]

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