Dear Daddy

Hi 🙂

I hope you are doing great at your end and having an awesome holiday season. 🙂  The year 2015 is about to bid adieu, time to thank for everything it gave us. So, before you get ready with your resolutions for year 2016 and plan out the party for New Year’s eve, I would like to share something similar to what I shared starting this year (Post: Slap Her!).

Recently, I came across a video which depicts how the society and its culture encourages violence against women.
In the five minute video, a unborn baby girl tells her father about all of the harassment and abuse she will suffer at the hands of men during her lifetime.

I won’t go into details and would like to share this video asking you to just give your valuable 5 minutes.

Warning: It’s about boys.

“One thing always leads to another. So please stop it before it gets the chance to begin.”

Tweeting: @smileeplz

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A Indian Snack – Jhaal Muri/Bhel Puri

Welcome to India,

Here we are on the streets of Mumbai in search of a Indian snack, and also a type of Chaat. It’s called Bhelpuri, often identified with the beaches of Juhu in Mumbai.  It is made out of puffed rice, vegetables and a tangy sauce. The recipe has spread to most parts of India where it has been modified to suit local food availability.

The Kolkata Variant of Bhelpuri is called Jhaal Muri. Jhaal Muri (Spicy Puffed Rice) is Bengali cuisine, a dry variant of Bhelpuri and is consumed after garnishing with onions, coriander and lemon juice. I think you are feeling hungry now. 😀

A vendor sells Bhelpuri on the streets of Mumbai.

A vendor sells Bhelpuri on the streets of Mumbai.

Bhelpuri and Jhaal Muri belongs to the food family of chaats, which are salty and spicy snacks sold on carts throughout India. Bhelpuri has a typically Gujarati (Gujarat) balance of sweet, salty, tart and spicy flavors, with different textures as well, including crispy and crunchy from the puffed rice.

Street Food in Kolkata

Bhelpuri can be served in many ways, but it is usually served in a paper folded in the form of a cone and is consumed using a paper spoon or by the ‘papdi’ which is itself an edible component of the ‘Bhelpuri’. ❤

Jhaal Muri served in the paper fold in the form of a cone.

Bhelpuri served in the paper fold in the form of a cone.

Jhaal Muri/Bhelpuri can beat the packet of chips which you take for snacks costing nearly same or even less with vibrant taste.

People in UK can try to find ‘Everybody Love Loves the Jhal Muri Express’ ran by Angus Denoon. Angus is bringing the Kolkata street food to your door step. You can search him on twitter @jhalmuriexpress

Everybody Loves - Jhaal Muri Express by Angus Denoon

Everybody Loves – Jhaal Muri Express by Angus Denoon

Shanti Restaurant in Surrey is another place to visit to have some taste of Indian street food. The restaurant has some fabulous dishes in there menu with different style and taste.

Vikram Vij hospitality shining at Surrey's My Shanti Indian restaurant

Vikram Vij hospitality shining at Surrey’s My Shanti Indian Restaurant

People in United States, especially in NYC can reach out ‘Desi Galli’ in Lexington,NY. Desi Galli has many Indian street foods available under one roof. You can try ‘Kathi Rool’ one of the most yummy food on Indian streets. 🙂

So, plan out for your next weekend with your family and friends to get some taste of Indian street foods nearby you. Hope you Enjoy it 🙂

Namaste ❤

“Mumbai’s Superheroes – The Dabbawala”

Have you heard of it ” The Dabbawala’s”, if you’re an Indian then you might have heard of Mumbai’s Dabbawala’s. Mumbai, the mega city that never sleeps, on the move, vibrant, fun and here is one of the best lunch delivery system called “THE DABBAWALA’S”.

The Dabba = a tiffin or can be called as Container and Walla = Worker. Typically the box person who collects tiffin boxes from the house of office workers and deliver it to their workplace and carry it back to the residence. Those who engage the services of dabbawallas tend to be middle class office workers who embrace the Indian preference and pride in ghar ka khana (home cooked food). Customers pay about 180 rupees or around $3 per month for the delivery service. Mumbai’s committed 5000 dabbawalla’s deliver over 3,50, 000 lunches per day to office workers across the mega city.

What’s most amazing is that the delivery system uses no computers or sheets of paper for such a big delivery of food, and using computers or paper’s will make no difference as most of the dabbawalla’s are illiterate. The dabbawalla’s rely on coding system that employs letters, numbers, colours and symbols which signal each tiffin’s delivery path.

When all tiffin’s are gathered, they are separated according to their destinations. To complete this vast delivery, Tiffins are often carried overhead onto trains – efficient yet challenging nature of Mumbai stations. Dabbawalla’s wear a signature Gandhi cap – a uniting visual feature in chaotic rail and road contexts.

Its hard to believe but the dabbawalla’s are very precise with their time of delivery and delivering the right lunch box at right place without use of any pen or paper. According to Forbes Magazine, the dabbawala’s make less than 1 error in 1 million deliveries, it is beyond precision. They were awarded with Six Sigma rating, which means less than one error in 1 million transactions. Only company like Motorola was awarded with such rating.

The Dabbawalla’s, delivering lunch with Love,  precision and efficiency.