Tirupati is no more that small town it used to be. A lot about has changed in the last few years that have passed. How your hair looks when you enter your neighbor’s house is important, What the aunty that saw you grow up undiess thinks about your new jeans is important. Amidst all the Rayban shades, ParkAvenue deos, Silly Shorts and Branded Boots. Panipuri as we nickname anything that’s served from a cart still remains our favourite.
“Uncle” as we fondly call him, has been in business since 1992 and starts prep at 8 am everyday to give the best of chats from early evenings to 10 at night! His wife, his silent support can be seen helping him from inside the shop, occasionally coming out in public and rarely seen speaking. There are no plans of leaving a legacy behind. Uncle works everyday and makes profit. He doesn’t complain about economic situations I guess his supportive family never make him feel so.
Called puchka in the West, paani ke batashe in UP, Gup chup in Odisha, and golgappa in Delhi, the paani puri is an ancient snack that some say has its origins in the Magadha in south Bihar. While sanitised food joints offer ‘plated’ versions, arranging puris for guests, the traditional practice involves a vendor serving the puris in a dry sal leaf cone, one at a time. But uncle serves his sale in hygienic disposables.
The place is more than just any chat selling bandi, he always adds a smile and a special dose of concern in every plate, no one has ever been to uncles shop a second time and not been asked why so long ma? or how’s your friend ? Didn’t she come? And of course his sudden urge to donate and give free stuff to random beggar on the road will definitely make you think.
Naresh Uncle is a high principled Christian and doesn’t work on the day of Sabbath. His facebook profile won’t deny this. So if you plan on enjoying the stuff on sale make sure its not a sunday!
ADDRESS ::Opp. ICICI bank ,Beside BIG C,near Central Park(Don’t forget to ask for the days special).
Author— Viswas VV