Friday, 19 April 2013

Street Food in Indian cities

Street food agnomen is given to foods which are sold on stalls in and around any market place. India is a country of various language and food. Visiting Indian metro cities and not having street food is considered as real miss of fun as well as taste. I have been fortunate to travel & stay in many cities of India such as Kolkata, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and many others. Out of these cities Kolkata, Chennai and Delhi are considered as Metro cities in India, Of course it includes Mumbai but I have not visited this financial capital of India yet.

Kolkata, West Bengal
 The street food is amazing at Kolkata various streets such paani puri at Esplanade popularly known as Dharmatalla, sweets all across Bengal, Rolls at park street, Momo all around Kolkata. There are several other varieties you can test without any fear of health issue.

Amazing paani puri
Bengali sweets

Rolls varieties

Momo: Popular food of north east

 Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
 Lucknow is famous for its soft and sweet culture hence food varieties is bound to be sweet desserts apart from famous tunde kabab.
Kulfi faluda

Tunde Kabab

Jalebi : goes well with curd
This is capital city of India and offers varieties of north India food on street. The taste is amazing that you will not like to miss if you happen to try.
Paratha & samosa: not to be missed
Various curry's
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Chennai is on southern part of India. You can try Chennai tea and coffee sold at street as well as fired corns, chilli & banana bhajji  along with coconut water. But you have to be little careful with any other street food as water is not that great here and so better to slip in restaurant for awesome iddli and dosa.
Fried corn

Chennai Tea
Chilli Bhajji and Coconut water
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh        
This city offers India best and most popular biryani and non- vegetarian varieties.  Seek kabab are mouth watering. During Id best of halim dishes are made in this city. Apart from food don't forget to buy pearl neck-less for your loved once near Char Minar.    

Street fish fries


Seek Kabab

This blog is unending if I continues city by city. I am sure many best knows street foods and cities have been given a miss in this blog so if you have tried any please make sure you add in comment section for wider audience benefit.

“When people wore hats and gloves, nobody would dream of eating on the street. Then white gloves went out of style and, suddenly, eating just about anything in the street became OK." as told by Jane Addison        

 Thank You!
Satender Kumar Mall
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Saturday, 13 April 2013

JOURNEY: Where everyone is ALONE

Journey where everyone is alone; might sound sarcastic as you may happen to think how came everyone is alone in a journey? Journey unites people and allows them to meet and experience change. But dear there are certain journeys where everyone is alone. Let me unfold the known secret. Few journeys taken towards your soul, character, behavior, duties, love, kindness and finally death to name few are those journeys which everyone has to experience it alone. These are ultimate journey and you will be failed to name anyone who will be along with you to complete this expedition. It’s only individual who are held responsible for each of the above promenade. Purity of soul; Diligence in Character; Charm in behavior; sincerity in duty; grandness in love & kindness; departure from earth; All these and many more are solely depend upon you. Except yourself you cannot blame anyone in its collapse. By all means you can give credit to someone in its rise to some extent. But the fact remains that you are companion-less.

I am going to narrate one small story from my religion i.e. Hinduism holy book to further validate that we are all alone in this path. One day devout hermit named Narada Muni was passing by a deep forest way when he ran into jungle bandit, who insisted him to give everything he owns, from his clothing to the shoes he was wearing. Narada Muni asked robber if his family was part of this sin that he was committing and he told him to go ask his family that same question. Robber tied Narada to a tree to make him stay in that same spot until he was back. When robber asked his parents if they were with him on the sin that he was doing, they replied that it was his job to take care of them, and that only he was responsible for his own sins. His wife also said the same thing. Bandit then returned to Narada Muni and fell to his feet. He told him that he alone was responsible for the sins and asked him to help him get rid of the sins he had committed. This incident changed the bandit fortune. He met his soul and to get rid of his sins he meditated and later became greatest poet in Sanskrit literature and authored one of the great epic of India i.e. Ramayana. He is known by name Valmiki after his incarnation.

Each of us has come to this world with some purpose and duties to fulfill. If we happen to get a feeling of doing any social work or hunger of making change the way things are now or desire to make your country/home/environment/universe more beautiful for coming generations then remember this thought is just not touching your soul to make you feel better but analyze in other aspect it could be a natures ways of reminding for your unfulfilled duties so far from the creator of this universe. As ultimately you will be reporting to him. There you cannot blame anyone as you are blessed to be alone again. I am sure you will not think of misrepresenting the fact which we are used to while our stay in mother earth. So what are you waiting for? Get up and go ahead to fulfill your duties without brooding much on obstacles you are likely to face but on possible feasibility. It is also your duty to bridge smooth path between responsibility and duties. Duties do not give you any reasons to be free from your current responsibilities.

“The only journey is the journey within.” — Rainer Maria Rilke
Thank You!
Satender Kumar Mall
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