Monday, July 6, 2009

You get what you see

If this picture makes you drool, you are a true Madrasi. Even though it is nothing more than boiled peanuts and a few strips of semi-ripe mangoes, the memories that a Madrasi associates with the thenga-manga-pattani-sundal are far too numerous to mention.

Unlike the earlier jhal-mudi seller, this vendor is slightly more traditional. Only that he is at Eliots Beach and not at the Marina, the birthplace of the sundal. And no, you won't be successful at getting a true Madrasi to think that sundal could have been thought of anyplace else!


6 comments:

Frank said...

I really like this image.

LVISS said...

SUNDAL WAS BORN AND BROUGHT UP IN MARINA. THIS IS ITS SECOND HOME.

Hobbes said...

The true sundal on the beach is the one you get from the small kids and ladies who bring it in tin boxes, with one wall of the box made of glass, and which also contains murukku ... Now thats thenga manga patani sundal !!!


Cheers

Narayanan said...

Sundal,Modakam & Kozhukkattai are the most delicious items liked by Ganapathy. No wonder Ganapathy likes it very much. He might have started liking it after his visit to Marina!

Jazzy said...

very nice photo!

Shantaram said...

@ Frank: Thank you! Hope to see you around here more often!!

@ lviss: Just renting, you mean?

@ Hobbes: Can't remember the last time I actually saw one of those boxes... are they still around?

@ Narayanan: You mean during the Chaturti when they take him out to sea :)

@ Jazzy: Thank you! If I'm right, this is your first time here - so, welcome! (I like your Tuzla DP blog)