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The taste of learning

india Updated: Jul 29, 2009 23:22 IST

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Education is not palatable to children. Let parents get a bite of reality for a change.

Curry, worry and hurry, the three things that were taboo for us. Now it seems that curry has its uses, and for the things to keep children in school.

Yes, in Britain, that has invented that abomination called chicken tikka masala, parents are being tempted with curry meals to ensure that their children stay in school. Let’s hope this does not catch on here. For given our vast culinary preferences, how on earth would we be able to cater to such varied tastes?

For the South, we would have to throw in sambhar at the very least. If we were looking at Kashmir, then rogan josh, perhaps? For the north, the kadi-chawal and further Northeast maybe a momo or two.

Many of us remember with pain the meals in schools we were sloshed out to as children. The fact that parents now will have to wolf down school meals in order to keep children in school is really giving them a taste of things as they are. This could be a leg up for children as the parents are sure to complain about the food being dished out. But nevertheless, this could be a new one on the menu.

If children are given a taste of cuisine other than the one that schools prescribe as being the most nutritious, well, there could be more ways than one to keep them in school. Who, knows, next, we might find a Michelin-starred chef in a school.