I remember sitting in that class, which could be maths, english or history, listening to the teacher drone on about quadrants or the Mughal empire, at about 11:45am. All students are attempting to listen but we’re tapping our feet impatiently, drumming our fingers on the desk, and glancing at our watches. Minutes pass by slower than ever, and all students are looking forward to the one bright spot of their day-the lunch break! In the heat of work and play, sleep and studies,those half and hour breaks we get to scoff our faces with food-pasta, salads, chicken, soups, bread and cereal, or if you’re in India, dosas, curries, paratha and halwas, are just pure heaven. Unsurprisingly, when I get back from Japan for my holidays, the first question most people ask me is about the food.
On a logical, survival-based level, food and drink is just nutrition-a component, along with clothing and shelter which helps human thrive. But man’s relationship with food in the 21st century is way deeper-with the implementation of biotechnology, and fusion of cultural, religious and ethnic cuisine, man has transformed food from being something necessary for survival to a luxury on a plate, with the correct presentation, quality and odour to instill a deep craving in the common man. On Wednesdays, the class I have just before lunch is maths-and since our class is just above the kitchen, the odour is simply enpowering-we simply can’t focus while doing our sums. Restaurants, cafes and buffets over the world offer food from world over-Pizzas, originating in Naples, in Italy can now be found in your nearby convenience store. Chefs, managers and restaurant inspectors have their entire job dedicated to creating such multi-national delicacies, while cookery shows like the Masterchef series illustrate the talents of those with exceptional culinary skills. Food today is such a prestigious topic, it has become an art. Cookery blogs, TV shows, Magazines and recipe books introduce a bunch of recipes and combinations, nearby eat-outs or food around the globe.
Food can also be associated with negativity, such as feelings or character traits like gluttony or greed, which causes depression or low self esteem common in schools for students who get bullied. Disorders like Bulimia, known to those watching their weight, cause people to forcibly throw up after they’ve eaten. Those with health issues, Athletes, models and film actors are compelled to watch their diet and can’t eat what they wish, for instance, my father has diabetes(don’t tell him I said this) and can’t eat all the sweets he wants. Around the world, people go on diets or can’t afford the most basic meals-causing world hunger, one of man’s biggest enemies. Those who do get sufficient access can be easily distracted, especially in the midst of work or when they’re bored.