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Q & A With Harmeet Kaur
Text by Shreya Shah
Published: Volume 21, Issue 8, August, 2013

Author of "The Slim Punjabi" Amaryllis

Blending food and stories...
It was tricky for sure! The book is in five parts, each named after the five rivers that make Punjab, i.e., Sutlej, Chenab, Ravi, Jhelum and Beas. In each of these parts, I wanted to match the history and nature of these rivers with related stories and food.

Rediscovering Punjabi culture...
I was surprised to discover how deep an influence farms and farming have on Punjabi culture. You’d see its influence on dancing steps (many of which replicate farming activities), on music and its lyrics, on festivals to celebrate the harvest, food habits, even on the traditional colours used to weave phulkari. The entire colour palette of Punjab is farm inspired – greens, yellows, and more...

A charming anecdote...
Till date, I am consoled for my weak health: “How weak you’ve become!” by the elderly ladies of my family. That’s when I came up with the title of The Slim Punjabi – which is almost oxymoronic in the Punjabi way of things. I found it so strong and so nostalgic, it almost made me miss home like never before.


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