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Rude Food: The curious case of the Indian curd

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Oct 06, 2012 05:28 PM IST

Years and years ago, whenever I read articles about the romantic novelist (ie she wrote romantic novels, not that she was particularly romantic herself; but then, who knows?) Barbara Cartland, I was startled by...Vir Sanghvi writes.

Years and years ago, whenever I read articles about the romantic novelist (ie she wrote romantic novels, not that she was particularly romantic herself; but then, who knows?) Barbara Cartland, I was startled by the repeated references to Bulgarian yoghurt. The profile writers always suggested that Ms Cartland owed her longevity and relatively good health (she lived to be 98 and kept churning out trashy books almost till the bitter end) to frequent doses of Bulgarian yoghurt.

It was also suggested very discreetly – these were the 1970s, after all – that the aforementioned yoghurt also kept the old dear in top sexual condition.

For those of us who had grown up on yoghurt – the entire population of India, in fact – these references to the magical properties of yoghurt were puzzling. We ate some form of yoghurt nearly every day. And, we were not in particularly better health than the rest of the world. And as for the Bulgarians who, presumably had their fair share of the yoghurt that originated on their shores, well they were hardly renowned for their sexual prowess, were they?

Columnist-Vir-Sanghvi
Columnist-Vir-Sanghvi
The Big Deal With Yoghurt: When the fashion for frozen yoghurt (sold as a kind of low-fat ice-cream) took off in the 1970s, most Americans still did not know what yoghurt wa)
The Big Deal With Yoghurt: When the fashion for frozen yoghurt (sold as a kind of low-fat ice-cream) took off in the 1970s, most Americans still did not know what yoghurt wa)
Word Puzzle: I was later to discover, the word ‘curd’ (in Little Miss Muffet) does not mean ‘yoghurt’ in Englis)
Word Puzzle: I was later to discover, the word ‘curd’ (in Little Miss Muffet) does not mean ‘yoghurt’ in Englis)
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