Now that a White actor of an American hit show has shared her ‘wow’ over the existence — and now possession — of SS cutlery, we may see metal dishware, standard in most Indian households, gaining respectability in many posher Indian households. The ‘sitar effect’ — young Indian city slickers in the 1960s70s into rock rather than raga, finding the instrument ‘cool’ after George Harrison took to it and Ravi Shankar got hippies at Woodstock ‘grooving’ to the sitarist’s soundcheck — of steel ka bartan would mean Indian soft power once again travelling via a hard, shiny plate courtesy a non-desi admirer.
Credit should be given to the small Indiana firm producing the steel — dishwasher-safe — cutlery. For many Indian producers, export possibilities beckon. With the right marketing and ‘rupee-ier’ prices, environment-friendly SS thalis and tumblers could be the next yoga.