The Fuschia Tree
Editor's Note.
Hunger and Food are Everyday aspects of our lives. Great loves and great wars have been made over food. When we write stories about food, we're also writing about love. We're writing about need, desire, ephemerality, mortality and our instinctual desire to preserve the impermanent. Which is why we create memories and metaphors.
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By Karuna Ezara Parikh, Issue 9, Food Art, May 2012
We woke that day like children. Like tiny puppies licking sleep away from each other’s eyes. Excited to live, the way Sundays make you. A whole day, stretched out like a canvas. I wanted to paint Sunday with my joy. You felt that way too. In fact your feeling that way about Sundays was one of those things that brought us together.

The sun was in my eyes and you yawned against my neck and mumbled “Brunch?” That word still evokes now, what at age 20 it had just begun to – the promise of an afternoon, the thought of a sweet white wine, laidback glamour, bohemian chic. We were so cool and young then. We showered and made paintings with the suds. Even soap bubbles were made adorable by love.

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  • You look down at your plate and see your grandfather’s face staring back at you. Once every one is done, the Artist asks you to now eat your creations. You begin with the spectacles, made of onion slices.
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  • Women are ever so often compared to food in a manner that reduces them to commodities to be consumed by men. Read menu in a restaurant in Chicago “Double D Cup breast of Turkey. This sandwich is so BIG".
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  • Weapons of Mass Destruction (2011), was inspired by exploding watermelons in China, and genetically modified, square watermelons being grown in Japan.
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Illusion: Seeing Beyond Seeing
Meaning: In Search of Significance.
Melody: A Different Tune
Rhythm: Ordering Time

Dhrupadi Ghosh is an old friend of mine. We have often had long sessions of adda late at night, discussing her dream projects since her college days at Santiniketan, where she majored in Sculpture.