david feldman refers to the question in one of his posts - nature or nurture? the issue fascinates me - only because i'm increasingly becoming aware of attractive, intelligent people, whose taste in books i like, whose ipod i'd borrow and whose choice of film gets no argument from me ... but who have dead palates.
whats weird is that some of these people are madly passionate about food.
and then there are people like my brother who stayed behind in bombay - we have NOTHING in common. a few barely civil grunts is all we can manage whenever we do accidentally meet - i might as well live on pluto as far he's concerned. but if he tells me that the sali boti in this restaurant in parsi colony is great, then i know its phenomenal.