Parotta as Resistance

Across cities of the Indian Ocean where i have lived namely Singapore, KL, Muscat, Mumbai, and Dubai migrants are a part of the mainstream though there is a concerted mainstream culture to erase the culture that have had built them. The Bhojpuri Bhaiyas in Mumbai to Malabaris in the Gelf to Machas in the Nusantara their lingos dominate archives of the everyday than the state Maktab.

The powerlessness of the dominant majority migrant communities saturates the quotidian. Yet the joy to survive stands out as a counter against the hegemonic one language, and anti-outsider policies.

The food places of the aloo puri or the parotta or the prata stand out.