Updated: Feb 24
"It’s a sensory overload”, say majority of the articles when representing India. India is a destination delivering something unique to every individual.
But for me, it’s more. It’s certainly spiritual, it’s a feeling and a connection that words can’t completely depict.
Of course, it depends on where in India you go, for me it is regional Punjab. This is not a sensory overload; in fact, it is the opposite.
On arriving there is calmness. Calm that comes from an endless view of farming fields of rice paddocks and kanak de fasala (traditional wheat farms), from the wonders of dust whirling as the kids run and banter over kites, footballs and cricket balls. It comes from joining the village ladies of the modern emerging era doing their afternoon walks conservatively yet in giggling joy, admiring the silhouettes of temple minarets of the next village, as the brightest breath-taking red sun sinks behind the fields bringing your day to a blissful close. It is soulful.
Away from the hustle and bustle of the bigger cities, it encompasses big bright smiles, a constant stream of invitations for cups of tea accompanied by truly decadent and deadly Indian sweets. “People here are so nice” say the kids.
Here, my cup is full. Here, life is simple. Here, life is like a ladoo (delicious Indian chickpea sugar sweet) … Life doesn’t need much more out here.
This is my Punjab; Punjab is Pinni and Pinni is Punjab.
After returning from my visit to India and as I embark on a new year, I want to connect through food, cricket games in the backyard, neighbourhood catch ups, and bring you some of my morish turmeric samosas alongside a beer in Brisbane’s most happening street @#James St, New Farm.
Pop into Jamie’s Espresso Bar to meet another vibrant Aussie, bringing community, food and cheer to life, and of course, place an order for our delicious hand-made samosas, perhaps even our spices or chutneys that are hand crafted to enhance flavour.
Your Pinni Lady xx
P.S. Our next chapter is coming soon! We are off to explore Scandinavia.
A country that’s cemented itself as my “other” home, and the food is spectacular. You won’t want to miss this!