Thursday, 30 August 2007

Dearest friend vasu,

Dearest friend vasu,

I am literally amazed by your in depth knowledege on "Sappadu" and especially "Food corners" in chennai. We accept that you are a "Professional eater" , but think people who are already not in india, these blog entries acts like 'rubbing salt on wound', (Vendha punnila vel!). Literally I couldnt study more than garlic rasam and chappathi.

So blog entries should not breach human rights, remember that.

Any way, I am happy that I came with you for few of the food corners(like w.mambalam bajji kadai and t.nagar kaiyendhi bhavan). Kudos... You are slowly becoming, in terms of narrating food stuffs.

My favourite food joints in Chennai

I have been in Sweden for more than 3 weeks now and already started feeling homesick. I think i need to be specific here. I have started feeling foodsick. I am missing the garlic rasam that my father makes when i am at home, my wife's chappathis and north indian sidedishes and similarly my favourite food joints in chennai. So, the essence of this blog is to post a list of my favourite food joints in chennai. Here, it goes:

1.Night kadai opposite to brilliant tutorials in Masilamani Street, T.Nagar, Chennai. The podi dosai is so famous here and the sambhar taste has no words to describe. And very cost effective too. 2 idlis, 1 podi dosai and 1 sambhar vadai should cost you 28 rupees.

2.Mami's soups in Station Road, West Mambalam. Soup of the day costs Rs.6 and all other soups Rs.5. Very good taste.

3.Manikandan sundal kadai in Bakthavatsalam Street, West Mambalam, Chennai. The prices are a little bit on the higher side and the quality is not great but the combos he provides is what makes the place tick. You can try sundal/molaga bajji with a pinch of chilli powder and lemon added to it or you can try sundal/potato bonda combo or sundal/samosa. I am a favourite of the chinna molaga bajji that is made here. The shop is usually crowded between 6-8p.m in the evenings.

Listening to Haridwaramangalam Palanivel spl.thavil for ramanavami festival after a plate of sundal/molaga bajji and 2 potato bondas during April in Ayodhya Mandapam is a connoisseur's delight. :-)

4.If you come from Lake View Road in West Mambalam and take a left to doraiswami subway you can see a sundal kadai on your right. No shop name and all that but all the items are good here. My favourite is molaga bajji fry.

5.Sundal shop next to Sarada Vidyalaya, Panagal park. All items only Re.1 and Sundal costs Rs.3. Very good taste.

6.Chappathi shop opposite to Deluxe Tea bar in Thambaiah Road, West Mambalam. Run by a north indian and is a very good place for hot chappathis in the evening. You can see a lot of bachelors in the evening trying to munch a few chappathis on the way back from work.

7.Hot chappathis in Nanganallur opposite to Roja Medicals. Place to try different types of Chappathis like Alu, Onion, Gobi, Panner, Raddish etc. They provide dal and Sabji as sidedish. Only problem is the owner who will always ask for change(even when u eat for Rs.90 and give Rs.100, he will ask for change) and keep on saying not to park vehicles near the shop entrance.

8.Sundal kadai run by a marwari near Rangarajapuram railway gate. The chilli bajji is typical north indian since they do it with a filling that comprises of potato masala, onions and some more vegetables. Golgoppa is of superior taste and for me, it resembles the one that i get in Kolkata near my wife's house.

9.Bajji shop located on the east entrance of Kapali koil, Mylapore. You can get different types of bajji here. Close to this you have a tiffin centre that is run inside a house where you get "Arisi Upma" in the evenings. They also have Dosai and Adai and they cost Rs.3 each.

10.Bajji Shop in Radha Nagar main road, Chromepet. Run by two brothers, you can get different types of bajji here. The onion chutney sidedish is too good.

There are so many places apart from this but i want so share them in a different blog after some time.

Sunday, 26 August 2007

How India reacts to terrorism?

Once again a complete mockery of the country's intelligence/security system. Just a few months back we had a bomb attack in charminar area and now this one has happened in Lumbini park and Koti which are prominent places that people throng in Hyderabad especially during weekends.
We have had the usual stuff that happens during every terrorist attack in India. The chief minister witnessed the scene of crime with full security and claimed that this is the handwork of pakistan and bangladesh terrorists(please note that bangladesh also had bomb attacks in three places yesterday). The BJP has called for a state wide bandh tomorrow and at the same time didn't fail to mention that "Congress is not fit to rule in the centre anymore". I am sure that RSS/Hindu/Shiv sena groups will come up with a statement tomorrow asking muslims to leave India, but we'll never get a solution to the problem.And as usual, we, the stupid masses don't have a choice except to watch all this and discuss it with our friends and neighbours. I am sure that this is not going to stay in our memory forever, unless we have our own family member who was affected by this.
I am sure the government will nail down the culprits probably in the next couple of months but then the question is will they be punished? We have a classic example in Muhammed Afzal who masterminded the parliament attacks but still we have Indian muslim leaders who defend Afzal more than his own family/friends by saying that he doesn't deserve a death penalty just because he was the brain behind the parliament attack and in fact he should be given clemency because he has a family. But these leaders don't care about the kith and kin of members who died during the parliament attack.

Can we claim to be a developed country? In my opinion, a big "NO". Let me give you my reasons.

1.Can the government identify the people who died during these attacks in Hyderabad? No, it is not possible because we don't have a concept similar to social security number in place that would help identify every citizen of the country.

2.The US suffered a terrorist attack once in 2001. They came up with excellent security measures that ensured no one can enter the US without proper reason. In fact if my memory serves me right, there was no major terrorist attack in the US after 2001. Can we say there won't be terrorist attacks in India after this one in Hyderabad?

3.As a country can we all stand up together and fight terrorism? No, because we are divided on the basis of caste, religion, creed, language, economic levels and what not? How can we fight an alien when we have so many problems to solve within us?

"JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED". Let's just hope that these heartless monsters who spearheaded these attacks are sent to the gallows as soon as possible.