So tonight I shared my dinner with my roommate! I was fortunate enough to receive an incredible amount of home-made food (just like back home… Piping hot!!) from my father’s friends from the good old days (Pre-9/11, obviously.). It completely stuffed our fridge to capacity! I estimate I will have enough for the whole week, which has another plus point: No spending meal plan points at the cafeteria! I can’t thank them enough for their kindness. I was expecting only some dinner for the night, but when I saw them holding 2 grocery-bags of food, I was at a loss for words. So for the first time in a long time, I was back with my favourite food from India! A much needed change from the daily pizza, noodles, salad and other things I never used to eat on a daily basis. Today was the also the day I introduced my American roommate to the wonders of Indian cuisine. I am happy to report that he was pleasantly surprised by it all, and he quite enjoyed the taste of Daal rice and Idli/Chutney. In the course of it all, I launched into discussion the difference between North and South Indian food, weddings, mentality and much more. I gave him ‘A Brief History Of Time’ of Indian demography, culture and what not. Felt pretty good to talk about where I am from rather than learning about the American history of slavery and all that stuff in my African American class. I also taught him how to ACTUALLY pronounce my name, which is quite an ordeal for us Indians to take on, and them White people to get right; There’s hardship on both sides, but in the end-quite a night! I almost completely forgot about the 2 mid terms I have this week in the conversation we had tonight. That’s all I have now, not much due to my pursuit of academic excellence (which will most definitely remain a pursuit, if you know what I mean.)
See you tomorrow then!