I'm 10 years old and I have a question for you. Why do people in old pictures
My grandmother tells me they laughed a lot when she was a child but in every
picture I see, even children seem to be frowning all the time.
thanks :-) ,
You’re right, no one seems to be smiling in all the old pictures.
I remember we did smile and laugh at other times, just not for photos. I
myself have laughed when I was young with my friends. I guess it’s
just a matter of how we did things.
There were no instamatics or digital cameras in those days so it was a big
deal when the photographer came to the house. I still remember his telling
us to sit or stand still and not to move, but I don't remember if he said
"smile". Not smiling and sitting stiffly may have been the formal
way and taking a picture was a formal occasion at that time. We never had
In those days in India, families were large. All the brothers and their
families lived together with the parents, a variety of aunts and uncles
and maybe some in-laws. To get everyone ready was a big job and mothers
were busy not just dressing themselves but also getting the children dressed
up and presentable. Meanwhile the old cameras were very slow so the photographer
had his hands full keeping everyone very still. He didn’t have time
to make all of us smile at the same time, I guess!
Here is a family picture of mine and you can see for yourself how stern
we all look. I am the fourth from the left, on top of the chair, sitting
next to my older sister. My husband to be is the thoughtful young man sitting
second from the left in his jacket and shorts.
I hope that answers your question.
Your site is very nice. I have a question about how I should explain Indian
cooking to Americans.
They keep asking me about "curry" and if I'm cooking curry. I've
told them there's no such thing as curry but they don't believe me.
Can you help me explain what the word mean ?
Thanks for your kind comment. I'm glad you find my site intersting.
Now, to answer your question - You are right. Curry is a misnomer, coined
by the British.
There is a word as curry, which means different things to different people.
In the South, where I came from, some people call any vegetable curry. To
some it means meat. Many spices are used in Indian cooking, and they differ
with various dishes and every household has their own spice mixes. It also
differs according to the place they are from. When the British ruled India,
the Indians who cooked for them added the spices they knew in their employers'
food, in a milder mix for their tastes. This was called curry powder and
the name stuck !
I don't speak Hindi and don't know how to ask for the spices I want in
Indian grocery stores. Do you know where I can find these names ?
I know it can be hard if you don't know the names of the things you want
to buy. Most Indian grocery stores have the names written in English, though
they still might be a Romanized form of the Hindi or Gujarati name of the
spice. I've put the Hindi names of the spices in a table here.
You can refer to that, whenever you need to. This should be helpful the
new brides who come here to the U.S. and have to do the shopping.
I’d like to use this area to answer
your questions on cooking or music or anything you’d like to ask me.
Please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.