A blanket like this.A biscuit tin of sewing supplies.A tawa.A fancy tissue box.A margarine tub full of Indian food.A calendar from your local takeaway.These plates.A wooden wall hanging.TV remotes with plastic covers.A carrom board.One of these.A set of these cups.A steel tumbler.Plastic trays with compartments.An indoor swing.A rug like this.Elephant statues.A sofa with a plastic cover.A container like this, mostly for roti.A box of these cake rusks in the cupboard.Cartons of mango, or lychee, juice.Giant bags of atta.A diya lamp.A cupboard of East End tins and spices.Coconut oil.Incense sticks.Tiger Balm.
How Indian Was Your House?
Your sofas and remotes were plastic-free, and at the most there might have been the odd box of cake rusks and a tawa in the cupboard.
You often found yourself opening a tub of butter to discover it was saag, and there were definitely a few ornaments and crockery from India that have been in the family even longer than you have.
You can remember the feeling of your clanging your teeth against a metal cup, and the warm cosiness of a desi blanket. As well as the crushing disappointment of seeing sewing needles and thread in the biscuit tin.