Bhopal princely state was captured by an Afghan mercenary Dost Mohd. Khan in 1722. The face of the city changed gradually and Bhopal saw the advent of many Nawabs since then. In the year 1819, a gunshot changed the history of Bhopal and the state saw its first female regent in the face of Qudsiya Begum.Between 18191926 Bhopal saw a long standing rule of women rulers. From the gentle and brave Qudsiya Begum to the warrior Sikander Begum followed by the artistic Shah Jehan Begum and finally the educator Sultan Jehan Begum each of their individual stories and their contributions to the erstwhile kitchen become the central theme of the episode. We explore the evolution of food during their regime from being game food to becoming aromatic, colourful and flavourful filled with the ‘Nazaqat’
Kerala is called ‘God’s own country’ because of its natural beauty and because it is home to many mythological stories. Today Kerala is home to various communities which came to this place and settled down. We explore the rich heritage of Kerala through the prince of Kochi royal family Balagopal Verma. He takes us through the history of his own matrilineal family. Their food which was the simple food of the Nambudiri Brahmins was influenced later by Tamil Brahmins and by Tulu Brahmins. Today what we know of the Royal Kochi Sadhya is a subtle blend of influences of various Brahmin foods. It is still simple and served on a banana leaf but carries a rich heritage that even today people from all over the world cherish. This episode explores various temples, their rituals, and their food. This episode also explains how the Royals of Kochi not only welcomed many communities who came as traders but also made sure that they find this place comfortable enough to make it their home. Through diverse foods, rituals, and customs this episode explains how Kochi is truly a multicultural place
In a time when kings and queens are associated with wealth and need prowess to run good governments, Jambughoda offers a breath of fresh air. Literally so as the princely state of Jambughoda resides amid a 70 acre property of designed forest land, off the border of Gujrat, . Vikram, a king brought up around the tribal farmers was passed on a piece of land to farm by his father. His father believed that the legacy of their kingdom would be to invest themselves in nature. Nature that gives you unbounded love when treated right. He went on to become a conscious environmentalist and all his efforts have been to create sustenance for his people and his forests. Having spent generations in the forest, this family has a different take on the world and rulership unlike many. Often roads and buildings equate to good governance but very few know that creating nature bound ecosystems exemplify visionary leaders. Vikram Sinh is one such leader. He along with his wife, his son and daughter in law has taken this upon themselves to keep this heritage alive. Through the episode we explore this journey of the family’s history, their food and their landscape at the centre of which is the farmer King, Vikram Sinh.
Muzaffar Ali and Meera Ali of the royal family of Kotwara are custodians of the history of the erstwhile Kotwara State. Through their artistic, architectural endeavors and their food they have been restoring their Maashra. Maashra translates to ‘society’. A society filled with stories of love and loss. A society they wish to be remembered for its food rich in flavours of the Awadh state, the travails of their ancestors and their old chefs. The episode engages with this Maashra and explores the gentleness of the erstwhile king and how he and his wife Meera keep the ‘Restoration’ of Kotwara state, its people and its food at the centre of all this
29 December 2021