The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel only tells the truth about tea and biscuits.

Dixie and I went and saw The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on Saturday. We were easily the youngest people there. I realize that the target demographic is probably retirees, but I was nevertheless quite astounded at (impressed by?) the number of people that fit the demographic in the theatre. I felt a little out of place. Dixie felt right at home. She sat next to an older lady who thought Dixie had come with some of the seniors (from a nursing home, perhaps?). “Nope,” Dixie said, “I’m on a date.”

Anyway, it was a nice story overall and interesting setting, but I didn’t think the movie told the truth in several places. Lots of individualism and the American dream transplanted to India, and those stories are untrue as far as I can tell.

But here is one place the film did tell the truth:

Indian Man (referring to English Breakfast tea): You call it “builder’s tea”?

Evelyn (Judi Dench): Yes. We dunk biscuits into it.

Man: Dunk?

Evelyn: Means lowering the biscuit into the tea and letting it soak in there and trying to calculate the exact moment before the biscuit dissolves, when you whip it up into your mouth and enjoy the blissful union of biscuits and tea combined. It’s more relaxing than it sounds.

Indeed. Biscuits (particularly the Maria ones) are a delight when dunked in tea.

5 thoughts on “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel only tells the truth about tea and biscuits.

  1. Toni

    To us it was light-hearted entertainment with a fair dose of fantasy – no one would expect that to really happen, just like a Bridget Jones film. What I can say is that the one-off depiction of the crowds was accurate (India makes Oxford Street seem like a walk in the park at times) but everything was far too clean.

  2. Toni

    On a completely different topic, what’s going on with the protests in Quebec? Is it (as portrayed on some web sites) a huge civil disobedience with harsh laws (law 78) being implemented to prevent peaceful protest, or is it all a storm in a teacup?

  3. Marc

    I haven’t really been following the story, Toni. It sounds like there is civil disobedience involved, with the government of Quebec trying to enact laws banning the wearing of masks during protests as well as requiring marches to present their planned route to police in advance. I don’t know if those are really harsh laws (there may be others).

    I’m not sure what to make of it (and shouldn’t try to much to, given how little I know). As I understand it, the protests are related to tuition hikes. As I understand it, Quebec has the lowest tuition rates in the country by a huge margin (as long as you’re a Quebec resident, otherwise tuition goes way up to normal levels) and the tuition hikes will still keep them well below Canadian levels.

    But, as I say, I don’t know a whole lot about it.

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