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In photos: Glimpses of Cameroon's journey to the final of the women's African Cup of Nations

The Lionesses will face off against Nigeria in Saturday's final in a tournament that has been a great advertisement for the women's game.

On Saturday, hosts Cameroon and Nigeria will play the final of the 2016 Women’s African Cup of Nations, the culmination of a two week tournament with eight participants vying for continental glory. Will the hosts be able to topple the defending champions?

Cameroon has proven to be stronghold for women’s football. The tournament has galvanised fans, with stadiums and streets buzzing. From television screens and billboards, this African Cup of Nations has been a perfect advertisement for the women’s game.

Last year, at the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada, Cameroon was the only African team to progress into the knockout round, and Gaelle Enganamouit became the first African to score a hat-trick en route to emerging as African Women’s Footballer of the Year.

The Lionesses have continued their steady rise with a perfect record in the 10th edition of this tournament, finishing at the top of Group A with a 100% record, nine points and no goals conceded. In the semi-finals, a reenactment of the African Big Four with Nigeria, South Africa and Ghana, Cameroon edged the Black Queens of Ghana with a scrappy goal in the 71st minute from Raissa Feudijo.

Darius Meke, a Cameroonian photographer, has been tracking the journey of the Lionesses (as the Cameroon women’s team are called).

Image credit: Darius Meke
Image credit: Darius Meke
Image credit: Darius Meke
Image credit: Darius Meke
Image credit: Darius Meke
Image credit: Darius Meke
Image credit: Darius Meke
Image credit: Darius Meke
Image credit: Darius Meke
Image credit: Darius Meke
Image credit: Darius Meke
Image credit: Darius Meke
Image credit: Darius Meke
Image credit: Darius Meke
Image credit: Darius Meke
Image credit: Darius Meke
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Young Indians now like their traditional food with a twist

Indian food with international influences is here to stay.

With twenty-nine states and over 50 ethnic groups, India’s diversity is mind-boggling to most foreigners. This diversity manifests itself across areas from clothing to art and especially to food. With globalisation, growth of international travel and availability of international ingredients, the culinary diversity of India has become progressively richer.

New trends in food are continuously introduced to the Indian palate and are mainly driven by the demands of generation Y. Take the example of schezwan idlis and dosas. These traditional South Indian snacks have been completely transformed by simply adding schezwan sauce to them – creating a dish that is distinctly Indian, but with an international twist. We also have the traditional thepla transformed into thepla tacos – combining the culinary flavours of India and Mexico! And cous cous and quinoa upma – where niche global ingredients are being used to recreate a beloved local dish. Millennials want a true fusion of foreign flavours and ingredients with Indian dishes to create something both Indian and international.

So, what is driving these changes? Is it just the growing need for versatility in the culinary experiences of millennials? Or is it greater exposure to varied cultures and their food habits? It’s a mix of both. Research points to the rising trend to seek out new cuisines that are not only healthy, but are also different and inspired by international flavours.

The global food trend of ‘deconstruction’ where a food item is broken down into its component flavours and then reconstructed using completely different ingredients is also catching on for Indian food. Restaurants like Masala Library (Mumbai), Farzi Café (Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru) and Pink Poppadum (Bengaluru) are pushing the boundaries of what traditional Indian food means. Things like a kulcha pizza, dal chaawal cutlet and chutney foam are no longer inconceivable. Food outlets that stock exotic ingredients and brands that sell traditional Indian packaged snacks in entirely new flavours are also becoming more common across cities.

When it comes to the flavours themselves, some have been embraced more than others. Schezwan sauce, as we’ve mentioned, is now so popular that it is sometimes even served with traditional chakna at Indian bars. Our fascination with the spicy red sauce is however slowly being challenged by other flavours. Wasabi introduced to Indian foodies in Japanese restaurants has become a hit among spice loving Indians with its unique kick. Peri Peri, known both for its heat and tanginess, on the other hand was popularised by the famous UK chain Nandos. And finally, there is the barbeque flavour – the condiment has been a big part of India’s love for American fast food.

Another Indian snack that has been infused with international flavours is the beloved aloo bhujia. While the traditional gram-flour bhujia was first produced in 1877 in the princely state of Bikaner in Rajasthan, aloo bhujia came into existence once manufacturers started experimenting with different flavours. Future Consumer Limited’s leading food brand Tasty Treat continues to experiment with the standard aloo bhujia to cater to the evolving consumer tastes. Keeping the popularity of international flavours in mind, Tasty Treat’s has come up with a range of Firangi Bhujia, an infusion of traditional aloo bhujia with four of the most craved international flavours – Wasabi, Peri Peri, Barbeque and Schezwan.

Tasty Treat’s range of Firangi Bhujia has increased the versatility of the traditional aloo bhujia. Many foodies are already trying out different ways to use it as a condiment to give their favourite dish an extra kick. Archana’s Kitchen recommends pairing the schezwan flavoured Firangi Bhujia with manchow soup to add some crunch. Kalyan Karmakar sprinkled the peri peri flavoured Firangi Bhujia over freshly made poha to give a unique taste to a regular breakfast item. Many others have picked a favourite amongst the four flavours, some admiring the smoky flavour of barbeque Firangi Bhujia and some enjoying the fiery taste of the peri peri flavour.

Be it the kick of wasabi in the crunch of bhujia, a bhujia sandwich with peri peri zing, maska pav spiced with schezwan bhujia or barbeque bhujia with a refreshing cold beverage - the new range of Firangi Bhujia manages to balance the novelty of exotic flavours with the familiarity of tradition. To try out Tasty Treat’s Firangi Bhujia, find a store near you.

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