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Homeland Heartache

What do you most miss about India when you go abroad? Some celebs tell us

brunch Updated: Aug 11, 2012 16:14 IST

What do you most miss about India when you go abroad? Some celebs tell us

"I miss the world’s best mangoes, my cook, chapatis hot off the tava and mutton curries. I missed Bollywood but now, with technology, it’s everywhere! In India, as my mother once said, ‘You feel an anand you don’t get anywhere.’"

Kabir Bedi, actor



Aditya"I miss the warmth. I miss the food. And you know what? I miss warm food! The west is usually shocked at how many hot meals we’re able to put away every day. I think it stems from the fact that we have access to freshly prepared piping hot food so easily. I live close to my parents’ place and my wife does too, so just-cooked food is never far away. Abroad, I wake up craving biryani.



But I also miss our hospitality. We really think ‘atithi devo bhava’. Drop in at someone’s place, they’ll always offer you something to eat."

Aditya Hitkari, actor

“I miss the obvious things: food, family, friends. But I also miss the sensory embrace of light, colour and noise. Deeper than that, there’s a kind of resilience in India – a wild, hard, beautiful, crazy something that you can’t find anywhere else in the world. I miss that.”
Tishani Doshi, dancer

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/8/sourav-ganguly.jpg"I miss the culture of my country the most whenever I am out of India. For a period, it feels nice to be out on a vacation or maybe on a cricketing tour, as it has been most of my life. But after a point, I miss having my own people around, one’s family, one’s countrymen and also the culture that you have grown up with."

Sourav Ganguly, cricketer

“I miss Mumbai city and its energy! I have grown up in Bandra and been here all my life, so I miss its familiar little dukaans, the paneer rolls off Carter Road, and south of the city, the jugaad electronic shops on Lamington Road.”
Shilpa Gupta, artist

"I miss the relationships of India, the everyday rituals of them and the casualness of their existence. We can go to anyone’s house and be a part of the family. There is such a strong bond even with distant relatives. I miss the Indian smiles, even a person who doesn’t have much will have such a powerful smile. It’s the reflection of tolerance and inner peace. The colours, everywhere you see, the whole nation is a celebration of colours. India has such a rich heritage of flavours. I miss that you can enjoy a bite in the middle of nowhere. I’ve travelled extensively in the suburban Indian cities and these flavours are the roots of our cuisine and culture."

Vikas Khanna, chef

Anushka

"I miss the crazy pace of Mumbai. The energy drives you to do more. There’s something about this chaos that feels like home. But more than that, I miss the warmth of India. You can go anywhere in the world, but the sights and sounds of India are so unique that I crave them. Most of all, I miss the Indian-Chinese food I can order on speed dial from anywhere."

Anushka Manchanda, singer

“I miss Mumbai city and its energy! I have grown up in Bandra and been here all my life, so I miss its familiar little dukaans, the paneer rolls off Carter Road, and south of the city, the jugaad electronic shops on Lamington Road.”
Shilpa Gupta, artist

“I miss the sense of intimacy and belonging. India is this crazy amalgam of culture, smell and colour. So it’s difficult to pinpoint a particular thing. No matter where you go, home is where the heart is.”
Nachiket Barve, fashion designer

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From HT Brunch, August 12

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