The Men Selling Idli and vada with chutney.


It is raining, raining and raining. It’s like drizzle of olive oil on pasta. Once it is there and once it is not.

Idli and vada are the general fast food in India. People on the go, like to have it because it is quick, fast and smooth enough to eat and digest, plus the vada is crunchy and fills the appetite. People generally sell idli and vada on carts or small food trucks, but there are many who carry the utensil containing idli, vada, etc., on their head and go from place to place and sell them to people. They even shout sometimes-“idli,idli,idli, vada ,vada, vada.Sasta idli, sasta vada”. Sasta means cheap in Hindi.

Today, I saw two men going across our street and trying to sell the idlis and vadas and three or four people came and bought idli from them. The men took out the steaming hot idli and served them with chutney on a banana leaf.

They keep the idlis and vadas wrapped in banana leaf in set of twos, so that it remains hot and ready for sale and chutneys are given in small packets which are sealed, so that when they serve to the customers, it is less messy. Four apparent office goers were having their idli and vada relishingly when it started raining again and they had to run for cover.

The men instantaneously got up and placed the utensils containing idli and vada on their head and started walking at a rapid pace to some other place.Generally what happens is, when it starts raining people, vendors, sellers, etc., run and take cover in a shop or somewhere else. But these two men started walking in the rain. Though the rain was mild, it was an astonishing sight for me. Maybe they were going home or they themselves were hungry and needed a sovereign break to eat and rest.After all earning money is not the ultimate thing.




Image courtesy By Photographed & marked by Pratheepps – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=688022

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