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A Liberal Idea of National Identity and Immigration with Meeru Dhalwala – Made it, in Canada.

Strong communities thrive on positive experiences. Our sense of identity is shaped by our early memories, which influence our natural curiosity. They guide us within social constructs, ultimately contributing to healthier societies. Today, Canadian entrepreneur, author, and celebrated mind Meeru Dhalwala joins me for a deep dive into her personal experiences that have reshaped her perspectives on business, national identity, and the immigrant experience.

About Meeru Dhalwala

Meeru Dhalwala moved from Washington, D.C. to Vancouver in February 1995 and has since been cooking and running the kitchens and menus at Vij’s and Rangoli restaurants.  Vij’s has been hailed by the New York Times as “easily among the finest Indian restaurants in the world.”  (Rangoli closed after 17 years in May 2020 due to the Covid 19 pandemic).

Meeru holds a MSc in development studies from Bath University, UK, and brings her passion for humanity into her business and cooking practices.  She is one of Vancouver’s most prominent promoters of women in business, climate change and sustainability, and healthy-elegant cooking.

Meeru also wrote the three award-winning Vij’s cookbooks.

In 2021, Meeru created a small community business built from her learned ethics in the food industry:  My Bambiri (baby) Foods.  My Bambiri sources from BC organic farmers and sells on income-based pricing:  three price options based on a family’s specific finances.  She has also partnered with Food Stash Foundation to sell My Bambiri at their markets for low-income families who face many economic and social barriers.

On October 2, 2022, Meeru relaunched her annual international food fair called “Joy of Feeding” that is held at the UBC Farm Centre for Sustainable Food Systems.

For her professional and community work, Meeru has received honorary doctorates from both University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University. She also sits on the board of directors for the Vancouver Green party.

About the Global Indian Series:

My name is Rajan Nazran Chief Explorer for the Global Indian Series, the official platform for people of Indian origin (PIO) and liberal minds, because let’s face it, we are everywhere!

For over 15 years I have travelled across the globe deep diving into 60+ countries whilst exploring the kaleidoscope of our remarkable 50 shades of brown community.

Voyaging to the edges of the Amazon, facing Ebola in West Africa, being held hostage in Eastern Europe, tapping rubber in Malaysia, drinking chai with Heads of State and sharing laughter with local fishermen – I have been there, looking for the ideas that re-shape a nation.

My purpose is simple, to build a living encyclopaedia of the human experience of the community and a safe mooring ground for open discussions, whether you are an NRI, Indian Diaspora, person of Indian origin (PIO) or a fan of South Asian anthropology, join in as we bring people and communities together.

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