Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year: Project India

While celebrating New Years Eve in Barbados overlooking the sea, I was speaking with a new friend about five weeks I spent in India years ago before kids and my life as I know it today. It dawned on me that I needed to find some of the peace and sacredness of my time in India in my life now. Not sure about how to do that, really, and happy to have suggestions if you know a way--a path.

I guess I will begin with lentils, which I am told also bring prosperity if eaten in the new year and are eaten daily in India. At least in Italy, lentils symbolize money and are considered a lucky food if eaten during the new year. If you know me, you know it is not a surprise that I am choosing food as my first step in Project India. And if Project India doesn't work perhaps prosperity will be insured.

The simplicity of the five weeks I spent in India traveling by myself would be hard to duplicate now that I have a husband, two kids, a dog, a cat--but I am going to try. Unfortunately, I think it is more the collective spirit of India that infused my trip with a depth and sacredness. The simplicity of my traveling in Rajastan by train with a backpack is unknown in my too busy, too cluttered life and the collective spirit that filled the towns and cities I traveled to are probably impossible to find in NYC.

But, I will try each week to find a way to get closer to the life I experienced-- beginning with lentils and rice. It is a superficial, small step toward something impossible to duplicate.

Looking up inspirational quotes to inspire Project India, I found this one at

An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.

Buddha quotes (Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.)

Not quite a resolution--more of a hope and a dream for a simpler, more fulfilling life. Let Project India begin--with lemon lentils.

If you would like to read more about foods to eat in the New Year you can read Lucky Foods for the New Year at


Anonymous said...

There are tons of GFCF recipes in Indian and Pakistani food. Try biriyani, pilough, kitcheri (all rice dishes), daal (lentils), kebobs and of course, curries of all types!

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