Aug 28, 2008

The 16 rupee dosa plate

In the drudgery of daily life, we often fail to enjoy the wonderful things that you stumble by. We forget to take note of the beauty that our life has to offer and act benumbed shirking away anything that do better with some recognition. We run to the same bus stop every morning, catch the same old-bus to the railway station, board on an amazingly overflowing compartment of a local train oblivious of the smell of the guy standing next to you and reach your work place. Just to start another working day – eating, chatting, blogging, e-mailing and of course working.

I am strangely above such limitations. I don’t have a daily life. I don’t have a job. I don’t have a routine which takes the fun out of life. I have a truck-load of time which could be used in creative processes. But I don’t have the prowess to manage time. Yet, startling similar to others in the above category, I (hardly) eat, chat, blog, e-mail all around the day when I can. And the price that I pay is simple – poverty.

But with the money that I have, I am still able to enjoy the finer aspects of life that some other might not. For example, going across the road and eating this amazingly tasty dosa plate at a road side shack for just Rs. 16. Maybe it’s the hunger of not having had anything to eat for dinner or maybe it’s the memories that come flooding from my childhood when my granny used to make dosas for me – when the first bite gets chewed, I feel really good! In less than 7 minutes, I finish up 5 dosas (thin, medium sized ones) return back home content and peaceful.


For all of you people, who think that life’s getting too boring, try these shacks when you get time. They are on the Link Road, Andheri (W); on the right side of the road when you go towards Lokhandwala just after Star Bazaar and just before the turn to Veera Desai road. It’s simply an astounding experience!

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

i ate of the street once and was stuck in the bathroom for four weeks -dh

Prash said...

I want to eat a dosa now (though my tummy is full of Malaysian cuisine now)...maybe i shall go to the Indian veg restaurant GAYLORD (ya, I know what a name!) in Hong Kong. I have never been there. The last time I ate a dosa it was last May when I was in India.

And surprise to me, one dosa plate is 16 rupees now ? oh my God ! I remember paying some 5 rupees in Tamil Nadu many years ago (ah ...ya, many years ago...ok, then it is normal)

flygye12 said...

have u eaten at Hindu Hotel in Fort Area ? they give u unlimited Dahi and also those delicious fried papaddums in unlimited numbers....i last had a meal in 2004...it was Rs 9 per thali..i think the rice and sambar were unlimited too....it was quite a satisfying meal :)

flygye12 said...

prash u actually know what a dosa is...wow u haven't forgotten that in so many years abroad


claps

Kris Bass said...

@ Duncan Hines: In my 28 years of suffering, not even one episode!

@ Prash: 5 dosas! And it's 2008! That's why. I'm watering in my mouth now as we refer to the taste!

@ Fly: I haven't tried that yet! Looking forward to having someday!

Anonymous said...

I have a weak constitution -dh

Kris Bass said...

@ DH: What are you, Mother India?

Anonymous said...

try andheri east as well..J.B Nagar..and even Vile Parle west..tht place opp Mac, 2 mins frm the stn..

and of course chandralok n breach candy....Mani's at Khar is also v popular

Kris Bass said...

@ Swats: All dosa places?

Anonymous said...

Dosas... sigh. I wish!

I dont feel like cooking today. *sigh again*

AWWINY (so exhausted, cant type the whole thing out)

Kris Bass said...

@ awwiNYC: Don't cook then! Order out! I had a list of Indian restaurants in NYC which I wanted Vinokur to order from. Just like a grumpy Caucasian, he hasn't yet!

Anonymous said...

no not mother india, haha, I'm just prone to belly aches( since I was a kid ) What should I do doc? What's the cure? --I'm afraid the only cure is the love of a brown skinned bearded doctor type. --dh

Anonymous said...

no not mother india, haha, I'm just prone to belly aches( since I was a kid ) What should I do doc? What's the cure? --I'm afraid the only cure is the love of a brown skinned bearded doctor type. --dh

Anonymous said...

(WTF, I have an echo?)

English said...

This makes my hungry as hell, I'm a gora that lived in the Indian Subcontinent for a few years and would practically live on street food and tapped water LOL. Not once did I suffer bar the BA flight back to London when I got proper food poisoning.

Loved your post man, you making parata tonight for laters?

pepe M. said...

ahh, DOSA especially if its crispy is heaven...its my 'mom in laws';)dosa that i love most...and i specifically intruct her not to ferment it to get rid off the sour taste :)...and with a venggyam (onion)chutney, whoa! slurp!!!

Sri said...

Dosa has become universal food, you know...I heard in japan they serve Dosa as cone and eat it with Ice cream!
I was working in Andheri(W) near the Star TV office, but cudnt remember going to this place, but remember seeing more factories on that side...i guess there was one sf co called Shenab..

Anonymous said...

yes...n they r awesomeeeee..

Kris Bass said...

@ Duncan Hines: Whatever! Belly aches! If you get a little older and cuter, maybe you can be like Vinokur - having all kinds of silly, cute problems!

@ Duncan Hines: Whatever! Belly aches! If you get a little older and cuter, maybe you can be like Vinokur - having all kinds of silly, cute problems!

@ Duncan Hines: I guess there is an echo! WOW!

@ English: First time I'm seeing you here I presume! Thanks for droppinga comment! I totally agree with you. I haven't had a problem from wayside eateries ever. I'm not rich enough to travel abroad - hence I can't comment!

The shacks make paratas at night. I have had a few times but they aren't as good as the dosas!

@ Pepe: Don't get me started! My Mom makes the same stuff!

@ Sri: You work right here? Cool! Do you know 'Blue Water', the cool restaurant. These shacks are next to that.

@ Swats: Fuck, we should go out on a date. I'll get you Shah Rukh Khan. And you give me ocmpany! Okay?

Prash said...

I have put some pictures in my blog and this post will be online only for few days. I thought you might want to see those pictures.

Sri said...

I was working there 4yrs before now I am working in Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia.

Kris Bass said...

@ Prash: I saw those pictures.

@ Sri: I see. Howz Malaysia serving you?