Aimee Hamilton – South Asian Religions Scholar

In Focus is a series of food conversations from Indian Influence that focus on fascinating people who love exploring global food through an Indian lens.

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Photo Credit: Aimee Hamilton

I’ve been reminded repeatedly about the power of connections, especially digital ones. Sometimes meeting someone helps to expand your horizons and modifies your perspective. This is exactly my sentiments about Aimee Hamilton, who shares my enthusiasm about anything South Asian.

Aimee is a scholar of South Asian religions with training in historical and comparative religion, and cultural anthropology in Northwest, Washington. Her research examines how South Asian religions, especially Hinduism manifest a digital presence in visual and material culture. Her latest project explores how Hindu women situate and explain the ritual transition of their weddings through bodily expression.

During our food conversation, she revealed being from Montana originally and that her passion for anything South Asian-related is a bit of a mystery. A voracious reader, especially of mythology and folklore, Aimee is also a Bollywood cinephile and avid qawwali listener. Aimee has a free spirited approach in the kitchen and declares Pani Puri to be a religious experience.

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Rattan Bagga: Wholesome Entrepreneur

In Focus is a series of food conversations from Indian Influence that focus on fascinating people who love exploring global food through an Indian lens.

Rattan Bagga

Photo Credit: Rattan Bagga

An accomplished entrepreneur, Rattan, (A.K.A. sapphire in Punjabi), merges a passion for healthy food and youth business mentoring. As a true gem, Rattan is the perfect person for the first In Focus interview. He is generous beyond belief and a clandestine food lover. He has been known to send me healthy food care packages when he launches a new product, like pumpkin seed granola or senses I need a pick-me-up (he’s a real sweetheart).

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Ode to Bibi in South Asian Post

Characteristically of me, I did not tell anyone – outside of a few select, I was working on a food blog. My actual verbalization is yet to start despite it being published in the South Asian Post newspaper. Huge thanks to Jag Mann of South Asian Post for repeatedly requesting me to do some form of writing for his publication.

Ode to Bibi_SA Post

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