What's With The Street Food?

Eat street
[Try our snack, you will remember the taste for hours]
How often do you opt for street food? Does it teases your taste buds? According to a study, more than 2.5 billion people eat street food every day.

Historically, it is believed that street food came into the picture because the poor didn't have kitchens in their homes.

Today, the reasons have changed and so is the taboo associated with it historically. Now a days, people love street food and have various reasons to opt for it.
  • Ethnic taste;
  • Readily available and;
  • Most importantly, it is reasonably priced.

Well, who does not want to grab a quick bite while shopping or if you are in a rush? Being easily available and presented in a tempting way, it makes you drool over it even if you are not so hungry. 

Street food is served around the world but varies with the countries and cultures.

  • In India, people tempt for chaat, dahi-bhalla, faluda, vada-paav and gol gappa which I have seen changing its name to pani puri in Maharashtra and pani patisa in Rajasthan.
  • In Viet Nam, street food relies heavily on herbs, chili peppers and lime. 
  • Thailand is famous for "fiery" and "pungent with shrimp paste and fish sauce"
  • New York City's signature street food is the hot dog.

It still remains a fact that they never taste as good when made at home. Be it their spices, their way of preparation or the way they serve. 

Street food is turning into a culture in some countries and few like China, India and Nigeria are the fastest growing street food markets that even few companies have captured and branded the street food market too. On the other hand, walking on the street while eating is considered rude in some cultures, such as Japan. Difference in cultures and history have resulted in various aspects and how a street vendors operate all over the world.

I am totally in love with the street food. What about you? Are you a street foodie?

Earth Day

Earth day, celebrated every year since 1970 on April, 22 worldwide in more than 192 countries to demonstrate support for environmental protection. 

Save Environment, Save Earth.

Just a "Kos" Away!

Kos kos par badle paani, char kos par vani. I am sure, everyone has heard this famous Hindi maxim. But, do you know how the usage of "Kos" came into the picture? Here is an interesting fact about its evolution. The term Kos slipped into common usage as an abbreviation of "Kos Minars". These were the tall pillars erected as milestones during the Mughal empire in India. The traveling caravans of olden times used them to mark their route and distance. The distance between the two Kos Minars was one Kos. Though it is not used as commonly as kilometers or miles to measure distance, but it is still used as a common indicator of large distances. 

I Like My Sky!

As we stopped to admire the beautiful valley on the way from Nainital to Mukteshwar, sun started playing hide and seek behind these beautiful pine wood trees. Managed to capture the sun peeking at me at just a perfect moment. 

India's First Highway - The Grand Trunk Road

The Grand Trunk Road
In the 16th century, Sher Shah Suri, the Pashtun emperor of Northern India, built a major road running across the Gangetic plain. It was known as "Sadak-e-Azam" and it served as an administrative link to the remote provinces of his vast empire. Over the centuries, various rulers added to the expanse of this road, till it expanded to Kabul, to Multan and to Bangladesh. Later it was renamed by Britishers as "The Grand Trunk Road". Connecting many cities with various National Highways under the part of Golden Quadrilateral project.

Today, the Grand Trunk Road remains a continuum that covers a distance of over 2,500 kilometers (1,600 mi). From its origin at Chittagong, it traverses to Sonargaon in the Narayanganj District of central Bangladesh, it reaches India, passing through Howrah, Bardhaman, Panagarh , Durgapur, Asansol, Dhanbad, Aurangabad, Dehri-on-sone, Sasaram, Mohania, Mughalsarai, Varanasi, Allahabad, Kanpur, Kalianpur, Kannauj, Etah, Aligarh, Ghaziabad, Delhi, Panipat, Karnal, Ambala, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar. Within India, the major portion of the road – the stretch between Howrah to Kanpur is National Highway-2 (NH-2) and Kanpur to Delhi, which is known as National Highway-91 (NH-91), and between Delhi and Wagah, at the border with Pakistan, is known as National Highway-1 (NH-1). From the Pakistan border, the Grand Trunk Road (part of the NH-5) continues north through Lahore, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Jhelum, Rawalpindi, Attock District, Nowshera, Peshawar and Landi Kotal. Then it enters Afghanistan through the Khyber pass and continues west through Jalalabad, Surobi and ends at Kabul, a large part of the Afghan's Grand Trunk Road is today part of the Jalalabad-Kabul Road.

Grand, isn't it?

That artist from Surajkund

An Artist at Surajkund

While my shopaholic friend was busy, this artist who was on his way for his performance at Surajkund Mela, grabbed the attention of my lens and I managed to get my perfect shot, well, almost perfect. Colorful, isn't it? 

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Scuba Diving
I would be lying if I say that I have any wish list or things-to-do list. Trust me, I never had one. I like being spontaneous and believe me, it is adventurous too. It is not that I do not plan at all, but I like the other way around. But this time, I really thought about the places and things which I want to do in life. Things that I believe are must to experience at least once in a lifetime. Here’s the list which I am going to follow and achieve (or at least try to achieve).

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