Foodie Hai To Aisa Ho

5 Sep

There are eaters and there are eaters but none capable of emptying a kitchen like my cousin U. Growing up in Mysore, he was single-handedly responsible for most restaurants changing from full meal schemes to plate meal schemes.

Theres the time when he had 3 set dose’s (that 12 in total), a bisi-bele-baath,coffee for breakfast and then went home and had more idlies that my grandma had made.

Or he time when he had his Andhra meal and then proceeded to finish off the side dishes from our plates as well (he hated wasting food).

He once landed from the USA (where he lives now) and waited for Vidyarthi Bhavan to open at 6 AM before proceeding by Taxi to Mysore…and he stopped at Maddur for a second round of breakfast.

However the one that I remember the best was during a trip to a place called Mandagere on the banks of the Hemavati River.

A group of 8 landed in Mandagere by train at around 10 pm. Mandagere station was deserted and we were hungry. We decided to knock on the door of the eatery on the platform. The sleepy owner agreed to make us idlis (poor man). At 10 paise per idli it was a steal. We also placed an order for a further 80 idlis the next morning. The guy assured us that his son would bring it over to the Travelers Bungalow where we were staying.

The Bungalow was beautiful. It was on the banks of the Hemavati river which was flowing full.

Next day morning the owner’s son showed up with the idlis and coffee (which was fantastic by the way). He also informed us that lunch would be served at noon. A full meal for One Rupee and Fifty Paisa. U was already pacing himself.

We decided to go to lunch in batches of four. Uday chooses to go with the second do I. The first batch leaves at noon and is back at quarter to. Then its our turn.

The food was simple and delicious. However the full meal scheme was a mistake especially with U in town. He decides to have 2-3 helpings of each course. Inside we can hear a heated discussion between the owner and the cook. They are scraping the bottom of the barrel in the kitchen. Obviously they are running out of stuff.

Then after its all over, U says “Maybe I will have another round” which DG (another friend with us) says “He’ll probably kill you if you ask for more”..

The owner comes out of the kitchen (he probably heard us talking)…before we can say anything he says in Kannada “Saar, I have spent full days provisions on you people, I will have to shut down for the rest of the day. Normally I serve 60 meals, today I have served only 40…please don’t ask for more..”

NOTE:  As I type this post, U is in town on a quick visit. He went into Vidyarthi Bhavan last week and when the waiter asked what he wanted he said “Bring me one of everything…” . He did the same at Maiyas the next day.

The legend continues.

24 Responses to “Foodie Hai To Aisa Ho”

  1. Richa September 5, 2009 at 5:43 am #

    It reminds me of my childhood. Every time our mom used to make dos (being a north Indian it was a rare occasion) my brother and I used to compete on how many dosa we can each have in a day, starting from breakfast to dinner. I am proud to say that my brother never won. My record has been around 40 dosas in a day. And I was just 9 years old then. Unfortunately or fortunately my appetite reduced as I grew older.

    BTW, two typos in the post: 1. you accidentally posted the full name of your cousin in the post. 2. Title should be: Foodie ho to aisa ho.. 🙂

    • vijay September 5, 2009 at 5:53 am #

      40 dosas is a good number at any age 🙂
      I was never any good in Hindi..poor U now everyone knows his name

      • My3 September 5, 2009 at 11:01 am #

        Richa, I think in the Mandagere story “hai” is more appropriate than “ho” ;-), atleast from the pov of the poor store-owner 🙂

  2. Arjun September 5, 2009 at 10:43 am #


    I have a similar friend too… but the intereting and the irritating part(for me) is that he is the thinnest of all of us… He wld order for a South Indian Thali after one masala dosa, one onion dosa, 2 idlis and a plate of pongal..!!

    When’s he around, we, even though are students, scrap the idea of sharing the bill amount, but would pay for wat we’ve eaten individually..!! 😛


    • Vijay September 5, 2009 at 2:20 pm #

      Arjun LOL… I think its a good idea not to split the bill..unless you guys can match up to him…

  3. My3 September 5, 2009 at 10:59 am #

    Oh The MISERY!!!!!!!!! How could my older son have missed seeing his GURU?????? He does the exact same thing (order one of everything including anything sweet). Our last meal 😀 was at Maiya’s. Back to mom’s cooking and studying now :-(.

    • Vijay September 5, 2009 at 2:22 pm # guys missed by a week…anyhow its a real joy to see my cousin eat..

      …and by the way Niks is looking for the boys on Facebook…

  4. 25BAR September 6, 2009 at 8:03 am #

    I get very bugged with these big eaters.
    I have a couple of friends like U. They live to eat &on vacation, they’ll have to go off route only to eat at these disjoint places that serves that one special something &then off to the place that serves the next special something. &they eat real slow.
    Lunch +all of these hops, skips &jumps lasts 5 hours.
    What a waste of vacation time!

    • Vijay September 8, 2009 at 2:41 am #

      Ya that can get annoying sometimes especially if eating takes precedence over other things..

  5. Nishchita September 7, 2009 at 4:51 am #

    May God shower his blessings and food on U!! 🙂 Way to go.. I’ll probably look like a rat nibbling food in front of him! Sometimes I can’t even finish one plate full meals!

    • Vijay September 8, 2009 at 2:42 am #

      ha ha 😀

  6. Sinstoic September 7, 2009 at 2:25 pm #

    So your cousin U’s name is Uday!

    Honestly. No mind reading. You only have revealed it in paragraph 9. Here is the excerpt “…We decided to go to lunch in batches of four. Uday chooses to go with the second do I…”

    • Vijay September 8, 2009 at 2:43 am #

      ya ya.. I realized that.. left the blemish there instead of correcting it 🙂

  7. terri September 7, 2009 at 3:55 pm #

    Vijay, does the missus balk at inviting your cousin home for a meal? Sounds like she would have to cook for five+ people.

    • Vijay September 8, 2009 at 2:44 am #

      well..only a restaurant can offer the quantity

  8. Ram September 8, 2009 at 1:22 am #

    hehe, reminds me of our BMSCE days at Dwaraka bhavan (bull temple road), bunch of us start with set dosa and have the waiter come again, order a round of masala dosa, and a round of Idli-vada and would end up with several rounds of different varieties before we get out of the restaurant 🙂

    • Vijay September 8, 2009 at 2:45 am #

      aaah good old days…

  9. praneshachar September 8, 2009 at 6:42 am #

    wow great U and V Full meals reminded me of film Bhootayyana maga dont know whether full meal theme is taken from u
    when we use to go for lunch in Belgaum where we were taking our exams, the serving of curry etc., was by teaspoon it was very difficult to ask for more servings they were looking at our faces. when u have chapathis rots or puris we used ask for more curry but somehow the eatery people were worried on this
    It took me back to my old days thanks
    vijay have great bash

    • Vijay September 11, 2009 at 10:40 am #

      thanks sir

  10. Blog Gowda September 11, 2009 at 10:32 am #

    Yellaru Maduvudu Hottegagi !

  11. Blog Gowda September 11, 2009 at 10:37 am #

    Again, Eating is an ART, All cannot eat and digest happily like U…

    • Vijay September 11, 2009 at 10:40 am #

      An ART and a GIFT

  12. Veena Shivanna September 11, 2009 at 5:55 pm #

    My GOD, It reminded me one of those bhoothayana maga ayyo movie story lines, the hotel fellow changes the board of “Full Meals avaialable” to “Only Mini Meals from today”..
    Interesting character kanri nimma U, where does he get so much food to eat at US? Ask him to migrate atleast for SLV, MTR, Maiyas.
    Ad sari, ootakke antha avrana ivranaa karitha irtheevi, inthavr obru bandre, maadiro adige ella ivrge, super kanri.
    BTW, Is U married, if yes paapa ree avru Missus, full time adige mane.

  13. Chitra October 1, 2009 at 11:40 pm #

    oh wow! would have liked to see a pic of U. 🙂

    foodies amaze me …. for many reasons. :))

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