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Food for thought

Teary-eyed, vigorously sniffing away as I spoon warm tomato soup into my mouth, in the instant burst of warmth that spread across my flu ravaged body, I couldn’t help thinking that if there was a heaven this was it.

Exotic food, comfort food, mother’s food, food for romance, one could go on! I can’t help but agree with those who live to eat, for who could just eat to live when food forms the very basis of every emotion that defines us? If we were merely eating to live, all of us would simply be eating the same foods with scientifically calculated calories as per our requirements based on our activity.

Food defines cultures. Within similar cultures there is similarity of type of food consumed, yet individual tastes defining the uniqueness within weave of uniformity. From the types of utensils, gatherings, the way food is consumed, presented; art & literature inspired by food, in fact I would say that cultures developed around food. Food has always been at the center-stage.


On an empty stomach food can motivate, whereas on a full one it can lead to philosophical thoughts and reflections. Some of these proverbs and quotes are a testament to that.

“Butter is gold in the morning, silver at noon and lead at night.” – Scottish Proverb

“Fine words do not produce food.” – Nigerian Proverb

“To eat is human, to digest, divine” – Mark Twain

“Happiness rarely keeps company with an empty stomach” – Helen Keller

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s relations.” – Oscar Wilde

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well” – Virginia Woolf

“There are people in the world so hungry, that god cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Doesn’t the world wake up and work each day for food? A reference to food activate a primordial emotion in me that cannot be put into words, but many have written beautiful eloquent poetry, as many have books and why even inspired movies.

There is nothing that feeds our senses, each one of them, like food and as it does it seems to remind us to feel gratitude and celebrate thing called life.


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