Saturday, January 03, 2009
kanda poha vs vada pav vs sabudana wada?
both kanda(onion) poha(beaten rice) and vada pav are staple food for maharashtrians. in mumbai you can see stalls almost on every street selling these hugely popular snacks.a mumbaikar cannot do without either of the two.such is the hold these iconic snacks have over the mumbai manoos. only few people are aware that vada pav is basically a north indian dish.whether raj thackeray knows or not is anybody's guess.
politicians don't miss an opportunity to jump on the band wagon.opportunism and politics go hand in hand.uddhav thackeray,son of bal thackeray,has chosen to give vada pav a strong fillip.he wants to have a vp stall at every railway station in maharashtra.and he has challenged lalu yadav to do it if lalu claims that he loves maharashtra. i wonder whether lalu said that for a peaceful chat puja this year in mumbai. uddhav has also ambitious plans for globalising vada pav. he roped in mcdonald's and coca cola(what an irony),iconic american brands,to sponsor a recent vadapav sammelan.the meeting was called for to put the vadapav brains together to standardise the taste of vadapav. a la mac burger. after all didn't uddhav's dad say "if marathis cannot get jobs,let them sell vada pav".cash prizes were offered for the vada pav sellers for the best in taste and consistency. and then the topper will be selected for the "shiv vadapav'.the new brand name for shiv sena's vada pav.
not to be undone,the congress has jumped into the fray.they too plan to hold a sammelan."both kanda and poha are produced in maharashtra,hence we are planning a kanda poha festival", said a congress spokesperson. their strategy is simple. create greater job opportunities and garner more votes.whether this works to their advantage we will know in the next elections.
what will poor raj thakeray do? he has been keeping a low profile ever since 26/11 and a bihar court's nonbailable warrant on him.he also has to fight the elections. maybe he will think of branding sabudana wada or thali peet.both are popular maharashtrian snacks.sabudana is always taken on upvaas(fasting) day by maharashtrians.raj may break his silence and outsmart his cousin and his congress rivals by promoting sabudana wada. let us wait and watch.