Junk food has become an integral part of our lifestyle, so much so that the rich tradition of food that we have, is being largely ignored.
To get the foodies exploring delicacies from across the country, Rocky and Mayur, hosts of the popular TV show Highway On My Plate (HOMP), launched their book based on the same show, in Quill and Canvas at the South Point Mall.
We have covered close to 65,000 km on Indian roads. So the kind of information we have on roadside dhabas is immense. We also get a lot of mails asking us to suggest places to eat in various states, so we thought of compiling all the information and providing it to the readers, said Rocky Singh.
Mayur Sharma, who claims that the duo actually eat all the food that they show on camera, and sometimes more with the crew, said: Today, we are so lazy to hit the roads that a person sitting in Delhi would have never tried a Gujrati kadhi or an appam from Kerala. I hope with better information, people will get the urge of trying out authentic delicacies of various states, not in the food court of malls, but in the very place where that food comes from.
On the roadside eateries in Gurgaon, Rocky said, Gurgaon is still under a strong influence of Delhi and, therefore, the roadside food here is still the Punjabi paranthas and butter chicken. An important reason for their success is the fact that corporate employees depend highly on them for a change in taste.
According to Shobha Sengupta, owner of Quill and Canvas, Gurgaon has a number of renowned writers like Anuja Chowhan, Geeti Chandra, and Nirupama Subramanium. The city has amazing readership owing to diverse backgrounds of people here who have come from all parts of the world. The readers and authors are usually very keen on interacting with each other and what better than having Gurgaon-based writers drop in to have a chat with the people theyre writing for.