Dhaya Lakshminarayanan knows what it’s like to be a stranger in a strange land. Nothing alien or galactic, of course. This isn’t a Robert Heinlin novel. But you’d likely agree that it’s hard to be more thoroughly out-of-place than being a Hindu Vegetarian in Alabama.
If you’ve traveled through the South, you might know that they’re not exactly famous for their meat-free cuisine. You’re not getting an arugula salad garnished with hazelnuts as much as you’re getting some potatoes blasted with mayonnaise. So when Dhaya’s family found themselves in Atlanta’s Chinatown and heard rumors of a free vegetarian buffet, they decided to check it out. What starts at a Waffle House and ends at “some dude’s house,” Dhaya’s story will show you how far people are willing to go for a proper home cooked meal.
Dhaya is a frequent storyteller on NPR’s “Snap Judgment”, a favorite performer at Sketchfest and has appeared on PBS’s KQED. You can keep up with her comings and goings at http://dhayacomedy.com/