On Thursday, the library celebrated World Cultures Week with the high school by participating in the Passport Lunch. A variety of foods were offered in the classrooms, such as Latin American foods in the Spanish room, Mediterranean in the Latin room, francophone foods in the French room (yummy chocolate mousse!), chocolates from around the world in the history room, and many more. Since the theme for the World Cultures Assembly this week is Indian culture, we served drinks from India: chai latte and mango lassi. Not a drop was left over after lunch, so we think they were a big hit. We listened to a Ravi Shankar station on Pandora and had authentic Indian textiles in our displays of spices that we used in the chai, which included cardamom (did you know this is the third most expensive spice in the world behind saffron and vanilla?), cloves, and cinnamon. If you’d like to learn how to make either of these drinks for yourself, stop by the library and we can give you our recipes and an Indian cookbook with more delicious dishes to accompany the drinks.
Our TED Tuesday this month fell during World Cultures Week, and we selected a TED Talk featuring India. In it, Shashi Tharoor explains how India is becoming a world superpower through what he calls “soft” power, which is a country’s ability to share its culture with the world and thereby influence world opinion.