Snakes and Tea

India Today - - LEISURE - —Soity Ban­er­jee

When navel-gaz­ing is a na­tional asana, can nos­tal­gia be far be­hind? And so it is that hunger for all things lo­cal—re­gional sub­re­gional, sub-sub-re­gional—has stirred fresh batches of on­line re­tail­ers into sell­ing a host of pre­vi­ously hard-to-find del­i­ca­cies. On of­fer is ev­ery­thing from Naga pick­led pork in­testines to Ut­tarak­hand’s bal mithai, that dread­ful, car­bun­cled con­fec­tion no one re­mem­bers ever ac­tu­ally eat­ing. Count­ing on home­sick­ness for some—and an un­healthy amount of mis­placed cu­rios­ity for oth­ers—etail­ers are hop­ing to help them­selves even­tu­ally to an es­ti­mated Rs 50,000-crore ‘eth­nic food’ pie.

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