Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The "dirty" food

Namaste friends. Chirp! Chirp! Cheer up folks! It's the first day of Spring for us here in the US. Steven Spielberg, Hollywood's highest-grossing director was in India for the first time in 30 years, exploring the possibility of a collaboration with Indian cinema. This is huge for India folks. The world of Cinema is reaching new heights. Amidst headlines like, Sunny Leone replaces Bipasha Basu, versatile actor Irfan Khan finally got his due. He won the best actor award at the 60th National Award for his stupendous performance in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s ‘Paan Singh Tomar’. I haven't watched the movie, so I cannot comment. I like Irfan Khan as a character actor. I liked his movie, "The Namesake". I am planning to watch "Life of Pi" this weekend.  Last week, Sonia Gandhi completed 15 years as president of the Congress. Her reign is no mean achievement: she is the longest serving chief of the 128-year-old party.

Come Sunday, and the experience of indulging in Street food comes to mind. Street food is one of the most common and moderate ways of outdoor snacking. Even though people complain of the lack of clean, running water, coupled with pollution and insect infestation on the streets, the scene at the street corners is highly populated with hungry, drooling families. Despite having so many fast food joints like McDonalds, KFC, Subway, etc. in India these days, Street food is still popular. A hungry man sees it as being cheaper and faster than fast food joints. Street food ranges from 'Chaat', 'Idli', 'Dosa', 'Vada', 'Puris', 'Parantas' to the foods like 'Biryani', 'Chicken Kabos', 'Chinese food', etc., that sometime ago was considered the food for the rich. Deciding on what to eat, is not an easy task. The aroma tantalizes your taste buds to try all flavors in your mouth with that one heavenly bite. My favorite Street food is 'Pani Poori' and 'Chai'. And oh, not to forget the 'Paanwala'. 'Meeta Paan' completes the street food experience for me. Some days ago, a good friend at work packed me some 'Dabelis' for lunch. See pics. below.

Leaving you with the Song of the day from the 1976 movie Nagin. Lovely tune. Enjoy! Shub Ratri!


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