When I got an opportunity to work with Pollachi Papyrus, I was more than happy. I knew the call would fetch me more than a writing experience, a travel experience. But what I did not know is that I would also gain the friendship of high-spirited young people, some real inspiration and lot of food!
We started on a food trip to local eateries in Pollachi. While I keep saying Pollachi – Pollachi again and again, I am being a little delirious. This place that is so close to Coimbatorians, our instant holiday avenue feels too familiar to us that I forget to address it to my readers who are not from Coimbatore, from the state of Tamil Nadu, from India.
So what is the best way to introduce Pollachi? Should I just say that it is a shooting venue for many film makers who have a village scene in mind? (scenes in movies like Guru, Roja, Bombay, Yuva/ Ayudha ezhuthu, Bharfi, Chennai Express, etc were shot in Pollachi). I can do that. But that would just belittle the magnificence of this beautiful town. I pause here, wondering if magnificence is the word. Why not? Everything about nature is magnificent in its own way. It is humble and magnificent. So is Pollachi. The town’s simple ways would make you feel the awe. It’s grandly scenic. The people are incredibly hospitable. That’s how I felt when I got to go around the place a bit and meet some people. I have not explored enough to give you the real picture of Pollachi. So I will redirect you to
thepapyrus.in (the official site of Pollachi Papyrus – a quarterly magazine which is also available as a paper back magazine in retail stores and for subscription)
The magazine passionately portrays the beauty of the town and its neighbouring areas.
Our food journey started on one December afternoon. As the article is going to be published as a series, I shall not reveal the places we have covered and may further cover. Let the magic unfurl when it is its turn. As of now, the magazine has featured Bajji Pandu shop and Taj Biriyani Hotel.
We visited seven eateries. They were not posh restaurants. But they had a signature on them by way of healthy-tasty food and history. Talking to the owners of the places, I could see that they all attached sentimental value to their business and saw it as something more than just a means of livelihood and money. Their business seemed to have a life and a relationship with them. The touching aspect being, all of them were content with what they had and wanted to serve with quality. Expansion was not their goal, but they all seemed to focus on keeping their identity alive. They identified themselves with the food they served, it’s taste, the hospitality and the place. They wanted to keep the reputation going no matter what.
The experience was vivid — eating in a shack with low roof and dim light, old shaky benches but awesome hot food.
— eating on the street sitting on the porch of a small house looking into a small street listening to vehicles, cycles, crows, street dogs and people who crowded the place for an evening snack like we did (I knew I had to interview and think about the place in terms of the write up I was assigned to work on, but when I ate hot bajji, the meaning of life seemed to steam up from it to my olfactory and that is it).
— eating from a …
Uhh Ohh.. No, I wont tell. Let us all wait for the next issue! 😉
There was this place on a road that had a lovely canopy of trees. The place was right under the canopy. They had a cool hand wash system. (Shhh I am going to tell you a secret, do not tell anyone before the write up gets published in the next issue! This place under the canopy of trees serves awesome fish curry! These Pollachi people who might come across this article are dangerous. They would so easily find out which place I am talking about if they knew a couple of clues. They all are so bound to their town like it is one large home. That is why, don’t mention about the fish to anyone else)
The two days, I ate so much, I couldn’t stop patting my tummy, encouraging to work harder in the process of digesting them all.
Look into the following posts, for the links that would lead you to the featured articles.