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The Bag of Memories and the Welcome of Home
Win a $600 Longchamp carry-on full of goodies from British Airways.
And the winner is —!
We have a winner! Puja Thomas-Patel of San Diego, CA . Her name was drawn by British Airways from a list of all those who entered the contest. Congrats Puja, enjoy your Longchamp bag, the Kindle Paperwhite, an Indian spice kit, incense sticks and wooden incense burner, $100 worth of international calling cards, and the Ancient Rajasthani Twilight Henna kit. And of course, the Pro Chef Roti Maker! All this brings you closer to India – as does any trip to the homeland. So keep British Airways in mind when next you plan a trip to India.
Thank you to all the Lassi with Lavina readers for entering this contest. There’s always a next time – and a new promotion from British Airways! Remember the #welcomeofhome!
Immigrant Journeys, Homeward Bound
To start an immigrant journey, someone has to leave home. It might have been your grandparents or your parents or perhaps even you who migrated to foreign shores. Now these shores are not foreign any more – they are home. Yet there is that other home, that far-off home where loved ones, long remembered places, the tastes of childhood still exist. So you in essence have two homes – and a plane flight is the shortest distance between these two loved places, two dots on the map of the world.
Home certainly means family relationships as this British Airways video Welcome of Home shows.
Welcome of Home
Bringing Home Back in a Carry-On
In the old days, to leave home was to leave almost forever. Families came to see the traveler off at the airport with marigold garlands, hugs and tears. The traveler tried to cram this soon to be lost world within his suitcase – images of loved family members, spiritual icons, mom’s garam masala and lime pickle, LPs of popular Hindi film music or ghazals. With these props, the traveler tried to recreate the old familiar world in America. Nowadays travel has become so much easier and one can just pack up a suitcase and board a plane – and be in that loved universe within hours.
I asked friends what they have brought back from India and it is an entire universe! Tablas or Indian drums, mirrored bedcovers, wooden carrom game boards, pressure cookers and even copper utensils!
Get a Free Longchamp Carry-On Bag, a Kindle Paperwhite – and a Roti Maker!
Also $100 in International Calling Cards
Now British Airways wants to know what have YOU brought back from home in your bag.
Lassi with Lavina is tickled to be an official British Airways blogging partner and last week two air tickets to India were given away to one lucky person among all those who entered the sweepstakes. In this post, British Airways in its Welcome of Home campaign is offering a stylish Longchamp carry-on bag full of goodies to one reader of Lassi with Lavina. All you have to do is mention in five words or less what ‘WelcomeofHome’ means to you or elaborate the five things you’d bring back from home.
The winner will receive a snazzy navy blue Longchamp Le Pliage carry-on bag featuring reminders of India and all the essentials you need for a long journey home. It’s valued at $600 and contains a Kindle Paperwhite, an Indian spice kit, incense sticks and wooden incense burner, $100 worth of international calling cards, and an Ancient Rajasthani Twilight Henna kit.
Mom’s Home Cooked Rotis – Now you can make them!
British Airways asked me what I’d like to add to this carry-on as my favorite memory of India and I said, an electronic roti maker! All of us have wonderful memories of sitting down to eat a meal with the whole family and a vital part of this tradition was hot, home-cooked rotis. Since my rotis come out in all shapes and sizes and look more like the map of India than a fluffy round flatbread, I’m hoping the roti-maker will help me to recreate rotis like my mom made or at least like the ones the family cook whipped up! So British Airways will send the winner of the carry-on and electronic roti maker too – so don’t forget to enter this fun contest.
Rules of the Game – Simple!
The rules are simple: To enter, readers must write five things they would bring back from home or say in 5 words or less what the Welcome of Home means to them on a social channel using the hashtag #WelcomeOfHome OR in the comments section of Lassi with Lavina. You can share it on Facebook, Twitter or on Lassi with Lavina. The contest ends on December 12. It is open to readers in the US and Canada.
Here are the appropriate links, and you can also leave your comments after this post to be entered into the contest. Don’t forget to add the hashtag #WelcomeofHome
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/LassiwithLavina
Twitter – @british_airways and @lassiwithlavina
Don’t forget the hashtag #welcomeofhome on all your entries, even with comments on this page.
The winner will be selected from all the entries received.
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India Calling – The Welcome of Home