The only times it’s okay for an Indian to look for an Indian restaurant to eat at when s/he is outside India:
- If you are vegetarian and are visiting a country where the staple food is meat. At least an Indian restaurant will offer you more options than two kinds of salad
- If you need comfort food – nothing like hot tea and a masala dosa or onion bhajias or chole to make you feel better
- If you’ve had a stomach upset eating something exotic and need curd rice or khichdi to calm your system
- If you need to prove to the people you are travelling/working with that there’s more to Indian food than chicken tikka masala (because that’s not even proper Indian to begin with), butter chicken, biryani and naan. There’s so much more!
Happy birthday to W, who hates when food mixes on his plate, and advance wishes to AMD, who can cook anything.