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No gravy train

Railway catering is certainly going places. No matter where you travel now, your food will taste just the same.

india Updated: May 31, 2009 23:09 IST

Railway catering is certainly going places. No matter where you travel now, your food will taste just the same.

You mean it will be uniformly oily, insipid and look as if it narrowly survived the last great cholera outbreak?

Come now, it’s not so bad. And it can only get better with the Indian Railways asking Bangalore’s Institute of Hotel Management to compile a standardised recipe book.

Oh please, don’t tell me you need gourmet guidelines for cooking up a soggy samosa that’s seen better days in its last avatar as a vada pav on Juhu Chowpatty.

I think you’re just being difficult. Train grub’s not all bad.

Hmm... Maybe you’re right. So, why stop at a recipe book? I say Mamata Di should start a global venture called Meals to Wheels, where a few morsels on a train can tele-transport you on a different set of wheels — to the emergency ward!

Well, if you’re so upset then why don’t you go ahead and file your grievances in the complaint, oops, ‘suggestion’ book as it will now be known?

Oh, I wouldn’t want to disrupt a great Indian tradition by humbly suggesting that they serve us real food, and deprive the next generation of a fun travel game of having to guess what they’re eating.

You should learn to be more thankful for the progress that Indian Railways has made in the last few years.

Of course. As if by having its own recipe book it might revolutionise global cuisine. Thanks, but I think I’ll stick to paying a bucketload for a bottle of spring water and complimentary saunf on my favourite no-frills airline.

So be it. As for me, I think that getting all those thousands of caterers to synchronise their recipes nation-wide is bound to improve our culinary experience while chugging past the real India.