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What inspired me to create a special edition of blog on ‘Delicious Diet’ are the constant talks with my friends – Abhinav Uppala, Vinay Mittapelli, Pawan Yemjal & Anil Panthagani who are the students of Hotel Management, who made me feel that even ‘Diet’ is a part of ‘Life Management’. In addition to that, I love sparing time in kitchen during my free time & experiment with different cuisines considering kitchen as a laboratory & also wrote a mini-book – ‘Mr. Bhairi’s Kitchen Cutlery’ which perhaps is in reservation for Mrs. Bhairi.

Food, for me is, ‘we are, what we eat’. In India, food is not a simple subject. To properly understand one must dabble in history, geography, religion, anthropology and – above all – in real life research. Food & People have always fascinated me. I am rather fond of eating in pinches of varied tastes. So, in pursuit of my passion for research in anthropology and life management during my fieldwork trips in India, I have always spoken to people about the food they eat, why they eat it, how they make it and how it fits into their lives. Some snippets I shall share with you in the hopes, perhaps, of whetting your appetite for a delicious and varied cuisine; but more with a view to making you aware of how much Indians care about food, how personal a thing it is still, how traditional, how crucial to the social system and how important in ways far beyond the simple acts of cooking and eating, and more than anything else to understand – how it can help us in ‘Life Management’.

To begin with this edition of ‘Delicious Diet’ of Indian Cuisine, culturally it is classified into three major categories i.e. Sattva, Rajas & Tamas which we will explore one by one in our next blogs, as far as this blog is concerned, it is an introduction to Food & Culture of Indian Cuisine in this special edition of ‘Delicious Diet’.

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About Dr. Ashok Bairi 71 Articles
Dr. Ashok Satyanarayan Bairi is a Bio-Socio-Cultural Anthropologist & Life Management Research Scientist by profession. He passed out SSC from Navbharat Education Society’s English Medium School in the year 2004. It was the year 2006 when he completed his HSC in the stream of science and then opted for Biotechnology as a subject of his interest for graduation. As a student of Biotechnology he explored himself through versatile parameters of competitions by participating in various science exhibitions & seminars which were conducted by colleges in and around in Mumbai and Pune. This exploration and love for research, creativity and transformation from being ‘introvert’ to ‘extrovert’ destined him to untrodden path of Anthropology for post-graduation from the year 2009 to 2011 in Pune University. After having completed his post-graduation in 2011 he began to work along with HRAF (Human Relations Area Files), Connecticut, United States of America in correspondence from India. In the year 2014 he was felicitated with “Young Scientist Doctorate Award” by Yale University, United States of America for the combination of seven different research projects as a passionate student of science under the title ‘Yashaswiniam’ which heralds of : The Endocrine Study of Cricket & Football Players (Endocrinology); The Birds of East (Ornithology); Attraction, Love & Sexual Relationships of Human (Sexology); What is Beauty? A Psychological Analysis (Psychology); Economic Organization of Pawra Tribe in Rajbardi Village (Anthropology); Tribal Situations in Maharashtra, India (Anthropology); Migration & Adaptation: A Study of Padmashalis in Bhiwandi, Thane (Anthropology). Migration & Adaptation: A Study of Padmashalis in Bhiwandi, Thane’, was further selected and published in World Anthropological Research Journal by ‘Cambridge Scholars Publishing, United Kingdom’. In January 2015 he launched his independent research enterprises of life management – ‘Yashaswiniam’. Thus, today he is the Founder & Chairman of Yashaswiniam Research Enterprises of Life Management. His research mission is to encourage and facilitate the cross-cultural study of human culture, society and behaviour in the fields of Anthropological Science, Sports, Spirituality, & Social Issues. He is currently working upon the research project – “Ontology of Spirituality for Life Management using Anthropological Approach”. In pace with this project he orates spiritual discourses on Modern Lifestyle through Bhagavad Gita, Navarathri Upasana, Shiva Sutras, Venkateshwara Upasana, Importance of Hindu Rituals, etc. He guides high school students, junior college students as well as general people in – EYE (Enrich Your English) Program which comprises of: IELTS, GRE, TOEFL, Public Speaking, Nuggets, Interpersonal Skills, etc. LIFE (Lovely ‘I’ Flames Excellence) Program which comprises of: Counselling, Stress and Fear Management, Relationship Matrix, Happy Marriage, Happy Parenting, Healthy Minds, Yoga & Meditation, Healing Psychological Wounds, Hypno Healing, Psychic Sensitivity, Sports & Spiritual Therapy, Corporate Harmony, Empowering Empath, Handling Idiosyncrasy, Journey verses Destination, etc. He has been giving sports commentaries at the state level in Maharashtra & in other states of the country, where he counsels and has activities together with players who suffer from schizophrenia, depression, stress, phobia before and during their scheduled matches. Dr. Ashok Satyanarayan Bairi runs his own blogging site – www.yashaswiniam.org in which he write blogs related to Spirituality, Sports, Social Issues, Relationships, Healthy Diet, etc. His article on ‘My Relationship with Sachin Tendulkar’ which was written in November 2013 during the retirement of India’s cricketing great – Sachin Tendulkar, was acclaimed amongst the top five best articles by ‘India Today Magazine’.

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