Hi, I’m Sanjukta. Thanks for visiting my blog – I hope you like it!
What’s the blog about?
Current events, ethical consumerism, DIY, travel and food.
While it may look odd at first, I hope there will be some kind of method among the madness!
We live in an amazingly connected world, and while politics shapes our daily lives, it’s not enough to look only at our country or continent. I share lesser-known stories from seemingly far away, though the impact of any action these days is global. We’re especially connected economically, and our consumption choices have huge consequences for global producers.
Where possible, I try to use fairly-traded, local, recycled, ethically-sourced, environmentally-friendly and/or conflict-free products. It’s not easy (or cheap!) to make the switch, but it’s something I’ve felt strongly about for many years. Sometimes making the ethical choice means making it yourself, so I’ll share those ideas too.
I’m very fortunate to travel to many different countries for work, especially in Europe. Here you’ll find tips and tricks, and every now and again a travel diary.
With that love of travel and my global upbringing comes a love of food, so you’ll also find recipes, customs and traditions from different corners of the world.
Who am I?
I’m an ethnic Indian who lives in Barcelona, Spain. I grew up in Europe and have lived in Wales as a student and as a journalist in London. I’m passionate about politics, and specifically about development issues. I try to act with respect for others and our environment.
I was born in India and moved to the Czech Republic when I was a child. We made the gargantuan leap from South India to Prague at a fascinating time. Communism had officially left Europe 8 years before, and I was just on the cusp of teenage-dom. We then moved to Budapest, Hungary. The lifestyle, people and culture of Central Europe will never cease to bewitch me. Cities have a breathing, dancing soul and Budapest’s has captivated me entirely. I’ve since lived in Wales for three years, and England for another three.
I also adore cooking and learning more about different methods, cuisines, cultures and attitudes towards food. Digging out recipes and putting together a great dish, often tweaked to accommodate my taste and budget, is one of my favourite things. It’s a great way to unwind and cooking with someone else is also a lot of fun!
My cooking reflects my upbringing and love of travel – I adore Mexican, Thai, Chinese, Italian, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food. I also enjoy discovering the origins of a dish, the significance of using certain spices and the techniques used across the world. The more I read and learn, the more I discover the remarkable similarities between seemingly unconnected cultures, the ways in which cuisines reflect the physical environment and make the most of different produce – which also reflects my political philosophy (see, I told you it would all make sense eventually!)
I want to be able to share my stories with you, and to talk to you. If you want to talk back, please do. Either post comments on my pieces or e mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m also on Pinterest and Instagram so follow me and stay in touch!
Thanks for reading this. Pick a piece and help yourselves. The more I hear from you, the better – so keep writing!
To Absent Friends.