[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi]
The delicious food was being served free to passers-by in honor of goddess Mata Rani. The road-side bhandara counter had large cauldrons filled with aloo subzi and deep-fried pooris.
One afternoon The Delhi Walla witnessed the city’s famed table manners. There was a long queue of people leading to the bhandara. They were mostly men. The meal was being served on white Styrofoam plates. The diners were enjoying their meals al-fresco—right there on the pavement. Some were eating alone, others were in groups. It looked like a buffet party scene.
Most people were throwing away the used plates as well as the plastic water glasses on the lane itself. The organizers had not made any visible arrangement for a swift disposal of the crockery. In no time a small hill of unused Styrofoam plates came up around a tree. Some used plates also lay under green hedges.
Meanwhile, the queue for the delicious subzi and poori continued to grow long.
Eat and throw