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A palatable thought

When reality bites, head for Parliament. You certainly won’t have to pay the price

india Updated: Feb 24, 2011 22:39 IST
Hindustan Times

Do we work to eat or eat to work? While you tackle that enormously intellectual challenge, we will debate our lunch options for today. Will it be the watery seasonal subzi with roti or the greasy chicken curry and paranthas? Or maybe rajma-chawal/pav bhaji or vegetable Manchurian? Since taste is uniformly similar, it’s not a difficult choice to make.

So are the prices on the menu card: always ahead of the inflation curve.

So when we heard that there’s one cafeteria in the country that is always way behind the inflation curve, we decide to switch loyalties. But that was not to be: the Parliament cafeteria is an exclusive club for exclusive people. They need all the fuel they can get without too much strain on the wallet so they can work themselves to the bone for the people of this country. And so at the canteen they can nibble on chicken biryani at Rs51, chicken cutlets at Rs25 and a vegetarian thali at Rs18. They can top this off with tea at Rs2. We would like this café — like the ration shops — to be opened in every locality. After all, what’s good for our leaders is good enough for us.

Now don’t forget that with these rather lovely rates, our elected representatives could — and we do hope so — be doing another bit of national service. That of taking home enough to feed the family and friends. With smart thinking, they can get in a couple of courses per person at less than Rs50. And we say let them put their mouth where their money is. All we want is the trickle down effect, preferably of keema mattar at Rs30 a plate. After all, if we asked the local butcher for a similar quantity of meat for that price, he would either take a cleaver to us or laugh us out of his shop. Now if you’ll excuse us, we are off to see if we can get our weekly treat of one onion from the local vendor.