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Newcomer Diaries: Jyothi searches for spices and a little bit of home

Published torsdag 3 augusti kl 15.49
Episode 2: Jyothi from India
(4:38 min)
Jyothi at Hötorget
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Naga Jyothi says that the Hötorget market in Central Stockholm reminds her of India. Credit: Phelan Chatterjee/Sveriges Radio
Abdul Waheed Mirza opened his South Asian grocery shop in 1980.
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Abdul Waheed Mirza opened his South Asian grocery shop in 1980. Credit: Phelan Chatterjee/Sveriges Radio
Asian ingredients fill the shelves.
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Asian ingredients fill the shelves. Credit: Phelan Chatterjee/Sveriges Radio
Jyothi likes to spend time near the Indian Embassy
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Jyothi enjoys hanging out near the Indian Embassy. Credit: Phelan Chatterjee/Sveriges Radio

Naga Jyothi moved to Sweden a few weeks ago. Following disappointing encounters with Swedish food, she heads on a journey to find Indian groceries in Stockholm.

"I tried to eat some Swedish food at the office, my colleagues took me to new places daily actually," she explains.

Sorry to say this, but Swedish food is something like tasteless, because there's no spices, there's no hot or salty or something like that. But, to be frank, it's healthy.

In this episode, Jyothi visits a South Asian grocery shop in Central Stockholm.

The shop owner, Abdul Waheed Mirza, tells Radio Sweden he came to Sweden during the 1960s from Pakistan, and was one of the first to import mangoes and basmati rice.

This summer, Radio Sweden is following the journeys of three new arrivals as they adjust to life in Sweden. Listen to Newcomer Diaries on the Radio Sweden Weekly podcast, radiosweden.org, or on the radio to keep up with Jyothi, Weronika, and Randy this summer.

Our journalism is based on credibility and impartiality. Swedish Radio is independent and not affiliated to any political, religious, financial, public or private interests.
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