This episode is part of a special series in collaboration with Gastronomica: The Journal for Food Studies, whose recent issue is entirely devoted to COVID Dispatches—in it, authors from around the world offer short, intimate portraits of early responses to the food crises of this pandemic, and hosts from the journal’s editorial collective will be joined by some of the featured authors to share their stories, and to hear how things have or haven't changed in the past few months.

Saumya Gupta reads from her essay, Lockdown Desitution: Delhi, March 2020, and joins guest host and issue editor Bob Valgenti to discuss the enormous challenges faced by millions of working class people in response to India's national lockdown in March this year, many of whom were forced to flee their cities - places of informal employment (much of it related to selling food, but no longer deemed "essential" under lockdown).

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Photo Courtesy of Saumya Gupta

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