Sanasi Kelkar (Sanasi Kelkar is a writer, curator and designer at Iconiq India.)
What's your earliest food memory? Mine is sticking a hand deep into a sack of sugar at my grandparents’ house. The details are lost, but the sensation of those prickly granules scratching the skin on the way down is as etched in mind as those sweet crystals that clung to the arm like tiny diamonds. Surely you have a lot of childhood memories about food. Mine are these: watching rust-coloured flakes flying off roasted groundnuts as my grandmother tossed them over and over with a thwack thwack thwack. Shelling peas at a rate far slower than the speed at which they were being popped into the mouth. Churning buttermilk and seeing blobs of Nivea cream forming at the top (could you imagine it?). Fruits plucked off trees in the backyard: sitaphal, ramphal, guavas and chickoos with skin as rough as sandpaper. And one special one from the summers: when grandpa ingeniously tied a cloth bag to a long pole and plucked raw mangoes from the gigantic tree.