Soan Papdi, Meri Soan Papdi: An Homage to the Nice Guy of Diwali Mithais

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Soan Papdi, Meri Soan Papdi: An Homage to the Nice Guy of Diwali Mithais

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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iwali is undeniably the superstar of Indian festivals. Like any star it always makes a grand entry with an entourage… of gnats, debates around whether anti-cracker campaigns are an anti-Hindu conspiracy, dengue, malaria, toxic air, and yet another novel way to die. There’s something else that makes an appearance unfailingly around Diwali. One minute it is lying forgotten in some dark corner, ignored and untouched, and the next it becomes an omnipresent entity, just like an Eid release of a Salman Khan flick. You either welcome it gleefully because you are doggedly devoted to this crap or turn your delicate nose up in the air and let out an “ugh!”

No no, come on, don’t stress your brains so much. In the spirit of Diwali, here, take a bite of soan papdi. I know I know, it’s been lying in the pantry since you can’t remember when. Was it last year’s Diwali gift that you put away to pass it on to someone you didn’t have to impress and then forgot all about it? I don’t blame you. The soan papdi is the nice guy of mithais. Humble, always available yet taken for granted and dumped the moment an exciting option like kaju katli or rasmalai makes an appearance.

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