This video explores the social significance of food. I interviewed Dr. Julie Mehta about her grandmother's fish curry recipe and the role it plays in her life now. Her grandmother used to cook this dish for British Rajs while England was still India's colonial power, yet Mehta now teaches post colonial literature. Her ambivalent relationship with the dish is made more poignant as the ingredients are shown to be an amalgam of British and Indian. Mehta concludes that having knowledge of the 'East' and the 'West,' as well as having the knowledge of India's contested history, enables her to be in an empowered position. In this way, being on the fringes, she can challenge the centre. The dish also illuminates Mehta's identity as an Indian-Canadian, as she explains how the dish was adapted to Canadian salmon, revealing her comfort with her identity as she discusses how good the new translated recipe is.
Mehta also speaks about her relationship with her grandmother and her father, both of whom have been significant in her life. As both of these individuals have now passed away, she keeps their presences alive through the memories brought about as she cooks.
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