Simran Sachdev

Simran Sachdev (Women in Black Network from Serbia): Simran earned her undergraduate degree from New York University in Communication Studies. She then worked in Online Marketing for over three years. At the time of her fellowship, Simran was pursuing a Master’s Degree from New York University in Global Affairs with a concentration in Human Rights and Humanitarian Assistance. After her fellowship, Simran wrote: “The experience has made me more aware of how I live my daily life and how the little actions I take can affect the world at large (such as wasting food, wasting money, taking things for granted, etc.). (But) I have realized that it is really difficult to change the way people think, which can be a large barrier to change.” Before starting her Master’s Program she worked in Online Marketing for over three years.


03 Jul

Title Translation: BON APPETIT IN SERBIA!

Many people have asked what I, being a pescetarian, have been eating in Serbia so I thought I would write about it.  The first few days I was here, it was quite difficult to find vegetarian options on the go, especially since I couldn’t comprehend the Serbian signs listing food and was also unable to ask for meatless items in Serbian.  But over the past few weeks I have learned how to say “nay meso?” meaning “no meat?” and have found a few good fast food options that I can pick up on the way to work.  For one, I was lucky enough to have a falafel and fries place right down the street from my apartment.  I also often eat a spinach and egg pie that reminds me of quiche.

But generally, Serbian food includes a lot of meat as well as a lot of oil.  Almost all sandwiches include some form of meat, but even more surprising, it’s often difficult to find a piece of vegetarian pizza.  Plain cheese pizza seems to be a hard to find catch.  But even though Serbian food focuses so heavily on meat and oil, it at least consists of all organic meat and vegetables.  While I haven’t tasted the meat here, I have heard that it is a lot better than ours in America.  And I can say from personal experience that the local tomatoes and various fruits and vegetables are full of flavor.

My experience in Belgrade, specifically at the local green market, has made me really think about how many chemical and hormones are injected into us through the food we eat in the U.S.  Even if we try to eat healthy by eating fruits and vegetables, we’re still eating chemicals and hormones that simultaneously harm our bodies.  And if we decide to purchase organic items in order to avoid such chemicals, it hurts our wallets.  It’s quite sad that in order to eat healthy in America we need to spend more money.  I really think that it should be the opposite.  It should be cheaper to eat healthy – healthy food should be the norm, not the exception.  And if we want to “treat” ourselves by eating something unhealthy, we should expect to pay more for it.  It should be similar to the concept of taxing cigarettes – we should have increased incentive to eat healthier, rather than greater incentive to save money and thus eat food that causes us harm in the long run.

I just want to end by sharing a clip of the Zeleni Venac City Market, my local green market, as it makes me wish I had something similar back home, without it costing an arm and a leg.


Posted By Simran Sachdev

Posted Jul 3rd, 2009


  • Nimeeta

    July 3, 2009


    Good analogy between unhealthy foods and cigarettes!

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  • ana

    August 25, 2009


    Hey dear, it really is no wonder. I have been a vegetarian for 19 years already – and all of the time I have been living in Belgrade, Serbia. And I am well fed, not undernourished:)
    Trust me, it was much more difficult to eat without meat some 15 years ago – now it really is no problem!

  • Dusica Grabovic

    March 9, 2010


    Bravo! Samo tako!

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