Under the Table

Table Talk emerged in the silent, isolated corners of a pandemic, when long conversations, the kind that blur daily schedules, were greatly missed.
It attempts to fill these silent moments with stories that use a plate of food to weave personal histories with our understanding of the world.


Potluck by Table Talk began with that age-old, ice-breaker question – if you were to host a potluck, who would you invite, and what might they bring to the table? Locked in by a raging global pandemic, however, this question lived in the chambers of our imagination. It did however give us the freedom to bring an ‘unlikely group’ of people together.

You’ll see that unlike the other stories on Table Talk, Potluck tells stories told through the prism of recipes. Recipes told with blazing eyes, brimming with terribly important tips, and pointing to sometimes unknown but never-forgotten ingredients. Some of these recipes have been passed down carefully, and some conjured through the mere act of remembrance. If one looks carefully, tucked between “boiling” and “steaming” are clues to memories of meals had in extraordinary company.

Our first attempt brings together people from the Indian subcontinent. Each recipe is shared in authentic South Asian style – equal parts measured and unmeasured, at once obvious and mysterious. Each recipe nudges you to find your way around it, urging you to create your own story. 

Join us!



Concept and Words


Adhishree plays with words and storylines to do justice to all the people who agree to share their stories with her. Silent meals make her nervous so she always has a few bad jokes to throw around, just in case.


Visual Sorcery


Shivani uses her unique design sensibilities to bring stories to life. She works insane hours to get things to look to her exact liking. 90’s Bollywood playlists usually get her through the tough bits.

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