Shruti Ganguly

The filmmaker on great design and memorable meals in more ways than one.

Highly subjective takes on life's most interesting experiences.

What’s the most unexpected meal you’ve ever had?

Growing up in Oman, we spent a lot of weekends camping in the desert. One time, in Wahiba Sands, a group of Bedouins came across us and made us lamb. They dug a hole in the ground and cooked it with simple spices, but I will never forget the taste of that meal, with the meat just dropping off the bone. Not to mention the 360-degree sunset, followed by a dome of stars blanketing us.

A place with the wildest interior design?

Any place designed by Paola Navone. I am such a fan of her work! But beyond that, I think that the Falaknuma Palace owned by the Taj Group is fascinating. It was built in 1894 and is the former residence of the Nizam of Hyderabad. It has a European style, complete with frescoes and Venetian chandeliers.

What’s the most interesting tradition you’ve ever experienced?

My brother-in-law has an annual rotten fish, or rakfisk, party in Oslo in December. Rakfisk [an extremely pungent-smelling raw fish fermented for up to a year] is considered one of the most culturally important and iconic Norwegian recipes, and fermented fish is quite common in Scandinavia. We eat it on thin crackers with onions, sour cream, and a mustard sauce. I try to drink as much supplemental aquavit to make it through the evening.

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Shruti Ganguly

Shruti Ganguly is an award-winning filmmaker and writer based between New York and Oslo.

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