In her new book, “My Life with Western Food: From the World of Food to the World Inside a Westerner’s Home,” author K. Sivakumar writes that her first Western meal in India came as a student in the early 1960s.
She recalls how she found comfort in the food and, when she was in her 20s, became fascinated by Western food.
She wrote, “As a child I had the habit of eating what I had learned at school.”
But she says she was never really comfortable with Western foods.
“I was in awe of the taste of Western food, but it was not for me,” she wrote.
“As I grew older, I found that I was also missing the nuances of the Western way of life.”
In her book, Sivack says she “knew that Westerners were very sensitive to how the rest of us felt about them.”
And when she started talking about Western food with her friends, they often reacted negatively, she wrote in her book.
She was “completely shocked,” she told me. “
In her own life, Sivananda was a Western food enthusiast, and she was not surprised when her friend started complaining that she didn’t like Western food anymore.
Why are they your biggest foodies?” “
She said, Why are you so obsessed with Westerners?
Why are they your biggest foodies?”
Sivanandans reaction shocked her.
She said she had never seen someone be so critical about her Western food and yet, she couldn’t believe that someone would even think of asking questions.
But Sivanands reaction shocked K.
Sivanander says that she was surprised when she discovered her friend was a vegetarian.
“It struck me that it was an odd kind of thing,” Sivanan said.
She says she found it strange because she is an Indian vegetarian and she has never been told that being a vegetarian means eating animals.
“So I asked, Why does she say that?”
“And she said, It’s a personal choice.
If I’m not vegetarian, then why are you talking about me?”
She says that the other day, she received an email from a woman who was very upset because she said she didn,t like Westerners and had a very specific reason for it.
Siva says she didnot want to talk about it further and is glad that Sivankumar decided to write her about the issue.
“Because it was so hard for me to write a book about my experience in the Western world, it was really interesting for me because it gave me some perspective on the culture,” she said.
Sival says she hopes to share her story to others and to encourage them to speak out against the Western food culture and the prejudices that they experience.
“In this era of the Internet, I think that the more people are educated about the Western culture, the more they can have an impact on change and to change how people are perceived by others,” she says.
Sivas food obsession Siva said she would like to tell her story now to give other people a sense of what she has experienced.
“People say that people who eat Western food are so sensitive to what people say, so I want to share my story so that other people can know that it’s not just me,” Sivas said.
“But I know that what people are seeing on the Internet and what people in the media are doing are not just a reaction to the food.
This is not a personal thing.
This affects all of us.
I just want to get to the truth.”
Sivapas words can be translated to: “It is important to speak up.”
You can listen to the full conversation here.