We Indians accept things with so much love that we sometimes forget that it is not ours. Here is a list of 9 items that we all believed were Indian:
This delicious delight which we consume almost daily and proudly call our invention is in fact not at all Indian! It travelled to India with the Mughals in the 14th century through Central Asia where it was called Sambusak. Traveler Ibn Battuta describes sambusak as minced meat cooked with onions, pistachios, almonds and spices filled in a thin envelop of wheat and then fried deeply in ghee. The Hindus instead of stuffing the meat started stuffing potato in it and we got the Indianized Samosa. People in Syria, Lebanon and Egypt still call it as Sambusak!
Maggi is not Meri at all!
Maggi Noodles is synonymous to India that we often forget it is an International brand. Founded and started by Julius Maggi in 1872 in the German town of Singen, it is now owned (from 1947) by the Switzerland company Nestle.
The love of every child in India, is actually not Indian at all! All the kites we fly on Makar Sankranti and various other festivals is not originated in India. Kite was invented in China and the concept was later introduced in India.
4. Bata shoes and slippers
The brand that we all associate with is actually not Indian at all.The company was founded in 1894 by the Bata family in the Austro-Hungarian Empire i.e. Czech Republic. Currently its headquarter is in Switerland. It isn’t desi at all, but has more than 5000 retail stores in 60 countries.
5. Rajma Chawal
I always thought since Rajma Chol (Chawal) is a Punjabi dish, Rajma is our desi Punjabi item grown in India. But, but, but, neither Rajma is our product nor the combination –Rajma Chawal. Rajma or Red Kidney Bean is purely Mexican and beand with rice is their staple diet. Ole!
6. Marie Biscuits
My mom and granny always prefer Marie Biscuit with their chai. Not sure if the two ladies know that the Rich Tea Biscuit they always preferred is a product of the British!!
7. Cadbury Dairymilk
“Kuch Meetha Ho jaaye” is now a part and parcel of our lives. Whether it is a celebration of Rakshabandhan, Diwali, India’s victory in cricket or a joyous news of “Pappu Paas Ho Gaya” – we have our share of Diary Milk But sadly, it is not an INDIAN but American chocolate company.
Did you grow up drinking Horlicks? Every Indian mom relied on this to provide her kids with good vitamins and nutrition. Developed and Founded by William and James Horlicks, the malted milk is a foreign material now manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, the UK Based company.
It is founded by Sachin and Binny Bansal, but the company is not Indian since it is not only registered in Singapore but owned by a Singapore based holding company. Ouch! So, legally though it operates in India, it is not an Indian company.