A Food cart has suddenly emerged on the right side of Eldams road and you are greeted by colourful ‘kodams’ filled with water occupying the foot path. You spot a burly man preparing dosas on one side and frying puris almost simultaneously on the second stove. He is soon joined by his wife who arrives in an auto and unloads large buckets filled with sambar, and pongal besides smaller containers filled with chutney and potato masala. The eggs placed in the crater on the cart tell you omlette is also on the menu. Customers trickle in right from morning and they increase as the day progresses.
There is a man sitting behind a table under an umbrella on the opposite side of the road selling a rice concoction to be accompanied by fried chillies and mango slices and he caters to his loyal clientele. A few feet away is a kiosk where people preferring bread, bun and tea frequent.
The only saving grace is the well known Madras Coffee House diagonally opposite which offers a cup of good coffee and Tea, of course at a formidable price.
Hitherto the landmarks to our house would be the different branches of Banks on either side of the road besides a provision store and a multi storied building but today these street food outlets have scored in popularity and we are at a loss how to face the charge of the food brigade!
Meera Radhavendra Rao