They say that it takes three complete months of continued exposure to acquire a new taste. I believed it at first and in the past, but now I think quite otherwise. There are actually two dissimilar ways to look at it.
Firstly, there are palettes, which hate to change their acquired tastes and seem to go back to what they desire more frequently than they want to. This is quite linked to comfort food, old habits, traditional outlook and apprehension to change.
It is like living in a more familiar world, which give solace in what you see on your plate and feel on your palette.
Lets talk of the other kind, were I see palettes, which are permanently on a world tour. Frequently, one finds himself eating, Indian, Italian, Japanese and even more on a single day and craves for more and even more variety. This insatiable quest to constantly seek for variety has caught today’s generation with a vice like grip. People switch cuisines as frequently as they change clothes. It is the present generation, which has actually broken the mind frame and thought process, which Indians per se has had over the years. Talk about movies, travel, sports; we see a paradigm shift in every sphere. Food is a front-runner too, which in turn has prompted this amazing palette makeover.
A few years back, most of the meals would be consumed at home or would be home-cooked. Eating out would be a festive change mostly once a week for the average Indian. Now look at the transition were home cooked food is more enviable and sought after as all we do is constantly and incessantly eat out. Walk into a food court and you see a family of four eat four different cuisines on the same table. Talk of cuisines, children of today know more cuisines than their elder counterparts could even dream of at the same age.
So, how to make the most of the palette makeover? Let us attach this makeover thing to other kinds, which we have seen and encountered, like home, personality, office etc., all of which is for the better. That is the key phrase, for the better and a makeover is essentially for the better. So when we do have this plethora of variety of food available at a hop and call then why not make the most of it. Choose the healthy from the junk, the natural from the artificial, the fresh from the preserved, the lean from the fatty, the light from the heavy and the best from the rest ! .. Now it makes more sense doesn’t it?
The palette make over would be made over continuously and the ball is on the roll. So let your palette roll, but be on the drivers seat !
By : Devraj Halder