The Hundred-Foot Journey

A few days ago I saw The Hundred-Foot Journey. Adapted from the novel by Richard C. Morais, it traces the story of an Indian family, the Kadams, who run a successful restaurant business in their native Mumbai. But they are forced to flee India when rioting breaks out and their restaurant is destroyed.

They go to London first and try to set up a new business, but it’s hard trying to make it in a city full of nameless faces who are also aiming to make money and succeed. They set off on the road again to travel across Europe in an old and decidedly rickety hired van. Unfortunately, the van’s brakes fail when they are driving down a steep dirt road in France and they are forced to stop over in a small town.

Saint Antonin in the Midi-Pyrénées region of France was used as one of the filming locations. It is a beautiful place; I visited once when my family spent Christmas there. The market you see in the movie is exactly the same in real life: full to bursting with fresh veg and delicacies such as local olives (my favourite!).

Mountains in the south of France (public domain image source

The Kadams decide to settle in the town and get to work opening a restaurant. Little do they know that the locals will not be impressed. Just across the street from Maison Mumbai is Madame Mallory (wonderfully portrayed by Helen Mirren) who runs Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin-starred restaurant which abides by the cultural traditions of the finest French cuisine. And so the rivalry begins…

With comedic tension between the Kadam family and Madame Mallory, The Hundred-Foot Journey (named after the distance between Le Saule Pleureur and Maison Mumbai) is a feel-good film full of vibrant colours and mouthwatering images of the cultural contrast between French haute cuisine and traditional Indian food.

Have you seen any good movies recently? Leave a comment and let me know!

Blog Awards: To Accept or Not to Accept?

Blog award nominations: to accept or not to accept? That is the question….

In my three years as a WordPress blogger, I have received several nominations for blog awards. While I am flattered that people read and enjoy my blog enough to nominate me for awards such as the “Blog on Fire award” and the “One Lovely Blog award”, I have several reasons for turning down nominations. Initially, in my blogging youth, I did accept them but I recently made the decision to say thank you and decline the award.

Blog awards: a question of netiquette…. (Public domain image source)

  • The main reason why I say no is because I dislike the ‘chain letter’ aspect of blog awards: they all require the recipient to pass on the award to a specific number of blogs. Yes, it’s great to share the blogging love but I prefer to do that by commenting on posts which I like. I love giving and receiving blog comments and, with a few exceptions, I rarely follow blogs whose authors never respond to comments. In my opinion, the comments section of a blog post is like a conversation. You wouldn’t ignore someone if they spoke to you in real life, would you?

 

  • Another reason is that I don’t follow a huge amount of blogs; I have a select few which I like to read regularly. Because one of the conditions of accepting a blog award is to nominate other blogs, I would simply run out of blogs to put forward. I wouldn’t want to ‘spam’ my favorite blog authors by bombarding them with awards.

 

  • Responding to awards is time-consuming. I appreciate the sentiment behind award nominations and I hope I don’t offend anyone by declining them. But they do require the recipient to spend a lot of time putting together an acceptance post.

 

  • Admittedly, sometimes it can be fun to accept awards and answer the questions which come with them, but if I accept one award then I feel obligated to accept others, so it’s easier just to say no to all of them.
What do you think about blog awards? If you’re a blogger, do you choose to accept or decline them?