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Continuity marks the relation between tradition, culture and humankind. A practice that stays for long becomes a tradition and a tradition that is handed down generations becomes a part of culture. Siddhartha Rai reports.Updated: Jul 01, 2013 01:36 IST
Continuity marks the relation between tradition, culture and humankind. A practice that stays for long becomes a tradition and a tradition that is handed down generations becomes a part of culture.
Gurdeep Singh has donned the mantle of continuity for Sardar Jalebiwale, a small corner shop in Sadar Bazar. "We have been serving jalebis for the past 68 years. My grandfather, the late Arjun Singhji, had come here after the Partition and settled here. He had set up the shop back then," says Gurdeep.
Every city is known for some or the other delicacy —Lucknow for kebabs, Mumbai for pav bhaji, Delhi for parathas (Parathewali Gali) offerings and so on and so forth. But it seldom happens that a shop defines the culinary identity of a place. But, Sardar Jalebiwale marks the idea of old Gurgaon even in the face of the juggernaut of development symbolised by new Gurgaon.
"I am proud to be a part of something that goes back so far in time. What makes me feel good is that octogenarians come and eat my jalebis with the same spirit as they used to have in their youth. They say that the taste has not changed a bit. I feel like a bridge between the past and the present," chuckles Gurdeep.
Situated in the bustling Sadar Bazar, the nostalgia of taste associated with the shop transcends the realm of pecuniary exchange. "Most of the people come here as a matter of right," said Bagheshwar as he submerged the fried jalebis into the chashni. Pointing to an octogenarian savouring the taste, he says, "Babuji comes here daily. Sometimes he does not have enough money but we serve him as much as he wants and that is not much given his age. We never turn down anybody for money."
About diversification - into other products and in other cities — Gurdeep is very clear: "We just make jalebis as we have always made only jalebis and we will make just jalebis in the future as well."