Ever since I came to live in Madras in the mid sixties, I began missing two things which I was used to while in Jamshedpur. They were meeting Hindi speaking people and restaurants offering North Indian food. But through the years of my stay the lacuna was filled with my making friends with North Indians settled here and with the mushrooming of several eat outs where the stuff is available. However, unlike in the North where hot phulkas constitute a necessary part of a meal in a restaurant, none of the restaurants/hotels with the exception perhaps of Mansukh in Chennai have them on their menu for whatever reason.
Strangely there has been a sudden influx of waiters from places like Orissa and Manipur working in restaurants like Woodlands and Mathura. With their fair complexion and good looks one can easily mistake them as someone hailing from the temple town Udupi until you hear them talking in Tamil with their distinct native accent! Remembering my early days in Madras I tried to make conversation with them in Hindi thinking they would feel happy but was amused to find them reply in Tamil and also feel proud of their knowledge of the local language!
n.meera raghavendra rao