Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Snacking with Anuj

Today, New York Times reporter Somini Sengupta wrote an article about the ever popular snack stands around India that serve fingerlicking foods such as chaat, gol gappas, and kochori.

Like other students, Anuj would occasionally visit the chaat stands that line the streets of Lucknow. One famous stall that Dad would take him and the rest of the family to was Tiwari's chaat stand. In addition to food street stalls, Lucknow has its share of fresh juice stands. Kapil fondly remembers going with Anuj to a sugar cane juice stand on Anuj's 17th birthday. They were on their way home on their daily rickshaw ride from St. Francis. The unrelenting heat of summer had just hit. Anuj suggested they stop at the stand for a refreshing drink. While it was a short pit spot, like every other experience with Anuj, it was easy-going, wonderfully pleasant, and memorable because of its sheer simplicity.

Many years later, Anuj enjoyed delicious chaat at Shalimar, an Indian restaurant in Fremont. It was one of his favorite places in the Bay Area. Always one to share, he would take friends and family there to experience the delectable treats.

Anuj and Kapil noshing on kachoris and samosas. 1988.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today's post reminds me of the chaat canteen of the colony in India. Anuj used to go & buy SAMOSAS almost twice a week from that colony's canteen with the mouth watering Mint,& Tamarind Chutney. If you go sharp at 4 p.m. you will get the first ghan ( serving ) of the hot samosas.Anuj used to wait for that hour eagerly.
I remember he was bringing enough so that all the family members as well as our neighbors & helpers in the house can enjoy it. Sharing with every body was some thing he always care for.

Anuj we miss those Samosas, &
miss you so much

8:12 PM  

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