Indian Food Tradition: By Geeta Tiwari (Varanasi, U.P.)

We speak to lots of parents, grandparents and great-grandparents about food and tradition and some stories are simply nostalgic. All stories are special for us. They are raw, unfiltered, peculiarly nostalgic, and explain the contrast between traditional lifestyle/eating patterns and modern-day lifestyle/eating patterns in the most basic yet beautiful way. If you are a parent and this story took you down the memory lane, share with your friends and family.

As written by Geeta Tiwari- 65 years

With the arrival of Holi, many memories are refreshed. At this stage of life, it is the memories that keep the mind like a child. In our time, festival were the reason to celebrate. As soon as the march begins, papad chips started appearing on everyone’s roof. All of us friends used to decide the day on which we all go to each others house to help in making chips and papad, as we made this for the whole year. You must be thinking why for a year? In our time these Lays- Kurkure packets were not available, so when we wanted to eat something in the evening with tea, these chips and papad were an easy option. As far as gujiya is concerned there was no limit, nothing was more. The eating habits and foods those days were very simple, homemade food was preferred. Do not remember that we have ever gone outside to eat specially.

Then the second innings of age started, after marriage my lifestyle changed completely, my husband was in defense (IAF) and had to transfer after every three years. New place, new people, new culture. People from different states all used to live together. Everyone used to share recipes of special dishes of their states with each other, we were each other’s YouTube channel. Got to learn a lot.

Now looking at the children of today, it seems that even though we have come a long way in technology, the eating habits have become very bad. The value of home cooked food has come down. But I feel very happy when my grandson makes a list on the phone before coming and says that granny, I want to eat items made by your hands, when my daughter says mummy saw red chilies in the market today – put pickles for me too.

Iyurved is doing a fabulous job by making food nutritious for kids. Received the samples, outstanding products. My grandson loved the chocolate one and I liked the savoury as we can now add to everything that he eats without even making him realise.

Once again I would like to thank Iyurved for showcasing my story.


Geeta Tiwari

गीता तिवारी- 65 वर्ष

होली के आने के साथ ही बहुत सारी यादें ताज़ा हो जाती हैं। उम्र के इस पड़ाव पे यादें ही तो हैं जो मन को बच्चों जैसा बनाए रखती हैं। हमारे समय में त्योहार तो बहना हो जाता था कुछ ख़ास बनाने का। मार्च शुरू होते ही सबकी छत पर पापड़ चिप्स दिखने लगते थे। हम सब friends दिन decide कर लेते थे कि किस दिन किसके घर जाना है help करवाने, साल भर के चिप्स पापड़ जो बनने होते थे एक साथ। आप सोच रहे होंगे साल भर के क्यों? अब हमारे समय में ये Lays- kurkure के packet तो मिलते नहीं थे तो शाम को जब कुछ खाने का मन करता तो चाय के साथ यही काम आते थे। ऊपर से होली की special गुझिया जितनी भी बनाओ कम ही पड़ जाती थी। तब का खान पान भी बहुत सादा हुआ करता था। घर की ही बनी चीजें खाई जाती थी। याद ही नहीं कि कभी बाहर specially खाने के लिए गये हों। 

फिर उम्र की दूसरी पारी शुरू हुई, शादी के बाद मेरी lifestyle एकदम से बदल गयी, मेरे husband defence में थे (IAF) हर तीन साल बाद transfer। नयी जगह नए लोग नया culture। अलग अलग states के लोग सब मिलजुल कर रहते थे। सब एक दूसरे के साथ अपने states की special dishes की recipe share करते थे, हम एक दूसरे के Youtube channel थे   . काफी कुछ सीखने को मिला। 

अब आज कल के बच्चों को देखती हु तो लगता है कि technology मे भले ही हम बहुत आगे निकल गए हैं पर eating habits तो बहुत ही ख़राब हो गयी हैं। घर के खाने की value कुछ कम हो गयी है। पर बहुत खुशी होती है जब मेरा नाती आने से पहले phone पर एक लिस्ट बनाता है और बोलता है कि नानी मुझे आपके हाथों के बने items खाने हैं, जब बेटी बोलती है mummy आज मार्केट में लाल मिर्च देखी- मेरे लिए भी अचार डाल देना।

With my Husband
Me with my Son, Daughter and Daughter-in-law

बच्चों के लिए पौष्टिक खाद्य उत्पाद बनाकर Iyurved शानदार काम कर रहा है। मुझे sample बहुत पसंद आये, उत्कृष्ट उत्पाद। मेरे पोते को chocolate बहुत पसंद आया और मुझे savouryI क्योंकि अब हम उसे बिना बताए भी जो कुछ भी वो खाता हैं, उसमें मिला सकते हैं, और इसे और अधिक पौष्टिक बना सकते हैI

एक बार फिर मैं अपनी कहानी  साझा करने के लिए Iyurved को धन्यवाद देना चाहता हूं।


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