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Passengers on the train watch as dawn breaks over the rice paddies. Outside, women are already awake, their saris skimming the dirt as they tend to the crops. Young boys play football in the street opposite colorful, sun-drenched markets. Elderly women roll unleavened dough, or roti, meticulously, their fingertips having repeated the motion for decades. Some children beg wide-eyed tourists for money, as cows and goats simply refuse to get out of the way. Marketplaces across India provide excellent microcosms in which to study the effects of globalization, and if these crowded spaces have one thing in common, it is sizzling, spectacular food.
In the latest delicious installment from the food series The Perennial Plate, Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine spotlight the cuisine of Maharashtra, India. Traveling primarily by train, the duo managed to compile three weeks of hectic travel into a charming short. Bursting with color and shots of delicious, spicy food, the video below is a wonderful exercise for the senses. Just don't watch it if you are hungry.
Alessandra Ram is a former writer and producer for The Atlantic Video Channel. Her work has also appeared in Foreign Policy.