What are you having for dinner? Do you know where it was grown? How it was grown? I am a grain of masoor dal from Madhya Pradesh, unpolished, no added colour, graded for uniform size sold in Auchun hypermarket. I went on a journey to get here. Let me take you along…
Yesterday we went from the MG Road Auchun to Chawri Bazaar to Darya Gunj Mandi on a quest to trace the food there back to the farmer that grew it and to observe how it was sold and packaged, who was selling and buying. From refrigerated shelves wrapped in netting, cushioned on molded cardboard trays to artful street side displays, rolling carts and mountains piled on sheetcloth. From the bazaar and Mandi all trails in lead to Azadpur Mundi the largest market where trucks deliver produce from all over Indian and street vendors and small markets come to buy. We had to delay that next step in our quest for another day, as we heard Naomi Alderman writer of Zombie Run was in town speaking at the British Council at the High Commission. With her zombie magic she gave us some great tips and inspiration.