Issue #1: dhoop & food

is a publication holding conversations around food, nature, culture, sustainability & design
Issue 1 printed in Jaipur

First spread of the magazine showing the transition from dusk to dawn with the contents of Issue 1

conversations around food, nature, culture,
& design

Ways of looking and telling have the ability to move, shift and nudge us. The extraordinarily ordinary sto

ries compel us to think and wonder.

Food then becomes a universal link, connecting us in unimaginable ways. Dhoop is a sincere effort to explore and document these food stories by finding them at an intersection of culture, nature, sustainability, and design.

The hope is to give artists and readers a space to use their magnifying glasses and find treasure in the smallest of details.

Photo: Rimjhim Patni

The prompt for Issue 1 was dhoop & food i.e. sunlight and food. 

dhoop as a publication mushrooms from our connection to food. That means just like mushrooms’ interconnected mycelium web; we understand food as a complex and multifaceted link having roots in known and unknown places. We have a theme for each issue, and open to interpretation.

As a publication based on stories and conversations around nature, culture, sustainability, and design in food, we comprehend the nature of these disciplines as fluid, ever-evolving and far from fixed. This platform hopes to enable co-creation of knowledge and finding wisdom in every detail.

The light from the sun sustains us in myriad ways.
The warm winter sun
The little specks from the cracks Or the filtered light through trees
The morning salutation
Or a cup of tea,
The peppered grains on a bedsheet,
Or the big glass bharni of achaar, bathing.

The #1 issue of dhoop wants you to look up, back, east, or west.
Think about the sunlight in its absence or presence, its relationship to food and you.”