No red chilly powder and less oil this summer: Sunita Bhuyan, violinist



In our special summer series, celebrated individuals from India’s Northeast share their secrets to beat the summer heat. So, stay cool and look chic this summer


Violinist SUNITA BHUYAN unveils her summer plans for us


Summer will be a range of temperatures this year for me. June and July between Delhi 45 degrees, Mumbai 35 degrees and Assam 25 Degrees and finally August in Edinburgh /sunita3 London with 15 degrees. My motto about food is very simple. And here it’s the Assamese principle always — no red chilly powder and less oil, at the cost of sounding fussy I ensure wherever I go I request the chef to avoid these two completely and always feel it’s a blessing to have home food.


Fruits and cereals for breakfast, rice daal or masor tenga (if lucky) light lamb curry (again Assamese jeera jaluk curry with raw papaya…slurp!) ) and chicken stew are my favourites for meals. And any form of sautéed veggies with just pepper as the spice.


And lots and lots of juices, nimbu paani, green / black tea with ginger. And if I am really tired and spent after a concert maybe some Glucon C for extra rehydration.


Wardrobe: Linen pants and cotton tops for travel and rehearsals with open sandals. And chiffons mainly for performances. Also the cotton mekhela chadors (I got many as gifts for my birthday this month) for my workshops is always a hit with cotton cloth bags.


Edinbrugh festival will be muga mekhela sador and assam silk gowns for sure, as no overcoats coats and woolens needed this time of the year. And the sunglasses, scarf to cover the head the Clinique SPF cream to face the sun. That’s pretty much my summer!