Bawarchi is an original Indian classic. It is set in a quintessential Indian haveli (townhouse) and the story revolves around the squabbles and disagreements between the extended family that live together in acrimony and discord. All this changes when they finally hire a new cook (bawarchi).
It is surprising how little things add up to big things, how small acts can set forth bigger reactions. One member of the household, the bawarchi, sets forth this chain reaction by taking a genuine interest in his work and the wellbeing of the household. This eventually starts rubbing off on everyone.
Bawarchi shows us the power of taking a genuine interest in the mundane details of everyday life. Minor tweaks in the daily routine to increase the feeling of wellbeing and mutual affection.A family that eats well and eats together has every chance of rising past petty difference and minor annoyances.
“She paints her face to hide her face. Her eyes are deep water. It is not for Geisha to want. It is not for geisha to feel. Geisha is an artist of the floating world. She dances, she sings. She entertains you, whatever you want. The rest is shadows, the rest is secret.”
“I think you are another of these desert-loving English: Doughty, Stanhope, Gordon of Khartoum.
No Arab loves the desert. We love water and green trees, there is nothing in the desert. No man needs nothing.”
— Prince Faisal
“There will be no rescue, no intervention for us. We can only save ourselves. Many of you know influential people abroad, you must call these people. You must tell them what will happen to us... say goodbye. But when you say goodbye, say it as if you are reaching through the phone and holding their hand. Let them know that if they let go of that hand, you will die. We must shame them into sending help.”
— Paul Rusesabagina