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.
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.