The common personification of nature/earth as ‘Mother’ may have emanated from the life-giving or nurturing aspects of nature in different cultures. The word ‘nature’ comes from the Latin word - ‘natura’ meaning ‘birth’. The concept of Nature as ‘Mother’ (seated between the divine and the human) can be traced to ancient Greece and was widely popular in the middle ages. One quote from Indigenous Americans’ Algonquian legend says that "beneath the clouds lives the Earth-Mother from whom is derived the Water of Life, who at her bosom feeds plants, animals and human" (Larousse 428). She is also known as Nokomis, the Grandmother. While in Hinduism Nature, or Earth, has never been considered a hostile element to be conquered or dominated. Man is taught to live in harmony with nature as humans are but one link in the symbiotic chain of life and consciousness. The Italian phrase ‘Terra Madre’ (meaning ‘Mother Earth’) in a way draws inspiration from these age-old traditions. It teams well with ITC Hotels’ socially and environmentally responsible ethos of ‘Responsible Luxury’.

Since 2004 when the Terra Madre network was launched in Turin by Slow Food it has grown the world over to more than 2000 food communities of small-scale food producers who’re committed to producing quality food in a responsible and sustainable way. And ‘Slow Food’ began as a result of the commitment to local traditions, good food, gastronomic pleasure and a slow pace of life by a group of activists led by Carlo Petrini in Italy in 1989. It has now grown into a global movement involving millions of people in over 160 countries.

You’ll be supporting this sustainable food movement when you decide to drop in to taste special preparations using local ingredients at ITC Maurya’s The Pavilion on 10th December and at Hornby's Pavilion of ITC Grand Central from 10th to 13th December.