Haath ki safai

While on the topic of restaurant reviews, there’s a rather famous chaat place in the vicinity of my dwelling. Gangotri. The better half and I sometimes hop across for a snack if we get home from work early. Which is rare.

Well it’s now about to get rarer. Actually going extinct. Hang in, i’m just about to throw some light on the matter.

There were 3 guys behind the counter on my last visit. One guy had his hand in a vessel, in which he was stirring up a bhel puri. The second guy was stirring something I couldn’t put a finger on, but his fingers frequently wandered around to his scalp to give it a vigorous scratch.

Now for guy 3. He was exploring the dustbin, one which was half filled with a mucky mess of left over chaat ingredients and paper coupons. His research done, he ambled across to the wash basin. I didn’t blink. The man rinsed his hands with water (no soap) and returned to his post at the counter to continue chaating with customers. Yes sir, he used the same two hard working hands.

I understand, there are people who enjoy what is popularly known in the mildly refined areas up-north as ‘haath ka swaad’. I raise my hand. Absent Ma’am!

13 Comments so far

  1. tsk tsk (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 12:08 am

    we are still a type of animal i guess.. lol..

    me absent too!

  2. Govar (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 12:19 am

    “I understand, there are people who enjoy what is popularly known in the mildly refined areas up-north as ‘haath ka swaad’. I raise my hand. Absent Ma’am!”

    ROFL! Love your writing style!

  3. hari (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 10:35 am

    Mr Jacob can you please refrain from using this alien language as no one knows what the hell you are talking about. Why are you posting nonsense here? Please post something meaninfgul this is not your personal diary.

  4. blr_girl (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 11:07 am

    More on this Manoj, ‘I understand, there are people who enjoy what is popularly known in the mildly refined areas up-north as ‘haath ka swaad’.

  5. Manoj Jacob (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 4:09 pm

    Mr Hari,
    Could you please identify yourself? I am quite unaware of who you may be. Coming to my post, I will write the way I see fit. You are free not to read anything that bears my name on it. You seem to lack both a sense of humour and any knowledge of our national language.
    Alien indeed! Who is this gook?
    Manoj Jacob

  6. Kris (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 6:14 pm

    Dear Manoj,
    We’re cool if you want to use Hindi slang to make your post funnier.
    Anything goes as long as you don’t act like the turd who believes that Hindi is our only National Language and every Indian should speak and understand it.

  7. Manoj Jacob (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 6:52 pm

    It’s easy to bury your head in the sand and deny knowledge of anything happening around you. And a lot harder to get out of the cocoon.

    I personally am fluent in Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi. So I don’t really have a problem with the priority of importance of languages. I am South Indian and have lived in South India all my life. But that doesn’t make me a fanatic of any one language. Hindi or otherwise. I love them all.

    To sum it up, I believe that anyone who thinks his language is the only one that matters, would qualify without much debate for the designation Kris refers to as ‘turd’.

  8. hari (unregistered) on May 18th, 2007 @ 12:11 pm

    Manoj your statement about you accept all languages is really funny. You are a South Indian and call Hindi our national language is that what they taught or lead you to believe in school. It is not our national language and never will be so please don’t promote this language. There will be a day when you will be forced to speak this perhaps then you won’t be able to choose if the Indian government has its way.

  9. LAMBAST (unregistered) on May 19th, 2007 @ 1:34 pm


    In my opinion, From your other posts, I dont think you consider urself an indian and infact you are pro TN sepratist(you dont even respect the other languages or cultures of India or even south india). While u still live in India, drive on its streets, eat its food,earn the livelihood and enjoy the freedom that it has provided u.

    So what do u think that makes u?

  10. yogesh (unregistered) on May 20th, 2007 @ 12:09 am

    seriously i dont understand what are u trying to do over here…did u know india is a country…did u know tamil nadu is a state and not a country…ur speaking as if new delhi and tamilnadu are different countries and one must not speak other countries language..
    i say grow up and come out of ur den..its india with many different cultures and languages and anyone and everyone has a right to speak any language and follow any culture..

  11. hari (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2007 @ 6:43 pm

    Lambast & Yogesh I respect other languages and cultures, however I can’t say that this is the same treatment a Tamilian gets anywhere in India. I mean TN is isolated by our fellow South Indians from AP, KN and KL certainy do not respect Tamils and there are many examples to prove this in terms of the rest of India well they don’t hold much regard for us either. They are not willing to share water, they don’t want Tamil movies coming to there state, they dislike Tamilians coming to there states, where is the respect there may I ask? TN does not ban other language movies etc we are the only bunch in India who welcome other people like a bunch of fools. India is only a country 60 years old which was previously never united in any way and still is not previously it was self governed each state took care of its own business not like know where the central government decided everything and if you don’t speak Hindi you have no place here lets accept that first!!!!

    I think that most of you are brainwashed into this whole Indian patriot stuff but ask yourself are you really welcome outside TN anywhere??

  12. Nimisha (unregistered) on May 23rd, 2007 @ 7:36 pm

    Hi Manoj,

    I didn’t think there was anything wrong with you titling your post ‘haath ki safaai’, until I read your reply to Hari (who seems to be quite bitter) where you ridicule him for not having any knowledge of the national language.

    I don’t believe you are entirely unaware of the fact that there is a huge population of bigots from outside of this state (you can run a search for ‘I hate chennai’ groups on orkut) who loathe Chennai, Tamil Nadu for not attempting to speak Hindi (which they glorify for some reason I fail to understand) and giving more importance to Tamil. And Hari rightly says that we would very soon not have a choice but use Hindi to speak to each other a few years into the future if the government of India had its way.

    I think what Hari is trying to tell us is — Why are you (somebody from within the community doing this) when there are plenty of others doing enough to impose Hindi on the general public of Tamil Nadu.

    I feel that your title is hardly provocative and I’m no fanatic but you need to realize that Hindi is NOT the national language
    and there is no reason to ridicule someone for not recognizing it.
    But of course I totally respect your right to post anything you feel like.

  13. Manoj Jacob (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 8:59 am

    My dear friends, this post was only meant to be a restaurant review. Nothing else. Let’s just leave it at that.

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