Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Armchair Trip to India

Indian spices. Image source: The Story of India website.

If you can’t visit India in person, you can get a taste in our dining room – and a truly exceptional one at that, if we do say so ourselves.

To put the food in context, click over to The Story of India, a six-part BBC/PBS series that takes you on a “journey to the past, present and future.”

This video series looks like the next best thing to a trip to India. The website alone is making our eyes pop out!

The films are produced by British historian Michael Wood, who introduces the series with a five-minute video that you can view on the website.

“This is the story of a civilization that is older than human history,” Wood narrates. “A land of a billion people, 400 languages and 33 million gods.”

In the preview video, Wood alludes to the ways that silk, rice and pepper transformed India and the world during the Roman Empire. Foodies will be especially attracted to Episode 3, “Spice Routes & Silk Roads.”

If you take this armchair journey and view the series, please share your impressions in the comments. Bon voyage!

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