I often become part of such trips that form a part of the most cherishable memories. My trip to Mumbai couple of months’ back in order to attend the Freelance Foundation 4 city India tour is one of those trips that will be a part of the golden memories I happen to have created. I always feel excited whenever there is a trip to the industrial capital of the country but I was unaware of the rich haul of experiences that awaited me over there.
The conference was to be held in Lower Parel in Mumbai in GK Marg. For the journey to the venue we had to avail the sea link which truly is one of the most enriching road trip experiences I have had. To add to the beauty of it the weather played in perfect harmony creating a magical overcast condition. We drifted through the vast stretches of the sea link for about an hour wading through the thick dark clouds that had gathered overhead. The view of the ocean below and the wind blowing with the hint of rainy odor is still etched well in my memory.
I was to attend the conference as one of the speakers and I lost no time in getting to business once I got to the venue. Little did I know that much of my experience was yet to be done with. During the break, there were some arrangements for snacks and beverages. For snacks the venue laid out for us an array of Vada Pav and Samosas. Both of these are extremely popular snacks in this part of the country. The Vada Pav specially is among the favorite snack items in Mumbai and after the taste of the best they have got, I can tell you that they have good reason to choose so.
It is basically an Indian vegetarian alternative to the very popular burger. The serving however is a bit different. Instead of cheese and meat patties it is usually a potato fried patty placed immaculately under the buns. The serving is with some masala powder and some green or red chutney. You are supposed to take a Vada Pav, dip it in some powder and chutney and indulge in a blissful bite. The Bengali in me initially fussed about the absence of meat or fish from the snacks section. But I witnessed the enthusiastic excitement of the locals who easily identified their delicacy as a snack item here.
My disappointment was however soon transformed to a blissful explosion in my taste buds. A bite into the hot Vada Pav and I had to take a few seconds to let the feeling sink in. The lingering taste was so empowering that it took me some time get accustomed. But once I did, there was no stopping me. I ate so many of these mouthful bites that when it was dinner time I had no space left for more. I have no regrets however as I can finally say that I have had the taste of the best Vada Pav in the country and the experience is as memorable for my taste buds as it was for my brain.