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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & Owner
Ray Rasmussen, General Editor

Volume 12, Number 4, December 2018

Pravat Kumar Padhy
Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

Salt to Taste

We all sit together for dinner, including grandma and grandpa, the pet dog relaxing somewhat expectantly in the distance. My parents are doctors so, often, their patients and their various ills and other health issues dominate the dinner table conversation. Everyone stares at the table salt as grandpa tells us again, of the Salt Satyagrah along with the latest discovery of plastic fibers in salt, and other issues centered around the crystalline seasoning. He keeps his sharp eyes on my grandma, who does not touch the sealed salt bottle, placed on the table to remind us of its inherent evil. I suspect mother and grandma may have pre-seasoned the food before serving, but I never say a word.

health bulletin
sprinkles of sugar
in the bitter syrup

Note: Salt Satyagrah, the nonviolent civil disobedience campaign in the British colonial India, was led by Mahatma Gandhi during the freedom moment of India.



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