Symbiosis International University Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts

Verily Food is Life: The story of India through its food

Faculty Course Type Credits Prerequisites Semester
Mr. Vijay Kunjeer Elective 4 None Any

 Brief Overview 

India has witnessed a centrality to food to every aspect of Indian civilization.

The Upanishads , a genre of ancient Indian literature ideate a lot about the relationship between food and different aspects of life and living as in the following :

  • ‘’Food has been called undecaying, food has been called worshipful, food is breath of animals, food is the oldest, food has been called the physician”
  • “Offering which is offered in the fire, goes to the sun, the sun rains it down by his rays, thus food comes and from food the birth of living beings”- Maitrayana Upanishad.
  • “From food are produced all creatures which dwell on earth. Then they live by food and in the end return to food, for food is oldest of all beings “- Taittriya Upanishad.

This course will draw from this centrality to the relevance of food and feeding in India today and it’s socio-political and cultural tones.  

 Course Objectives 

  • To comprehend the significance of hunger and food in the Indian context.
  • To meaningfully focus on the various political and economic aspects of food and feeding in India.
  • To meaningfully draw relationships between the aesthetic and social aspects of food and feeding in India.

 Teaching Methodology 

The teaching methodology will comprise of discussions regarding terms and concepts and use of audio-visual aids.


Students are expected to –

  • Complete all required reading for each scheduled class as per the course outline,
  • Actively participate in class activities and discussions, and
  • Complete all evaluative processes for successful course completion!