WORLD VADA PAV DAY
Not many including politicians including Shiv Sena who own a chain of vada pav stalls and film celebrities were aware that August 23 is World Vada Pav Day.
With Vada Pav being the most favourite snack for the Mumbaikars and though maximum of them hog it, not many be aware or remember that August 23 is celebrated worldwide as World Vada Paav Day.The ‘fastest fast food’ what many Mumbaikars call it, it is considered a biggest gift from Mumbai to foodies.
In fact many citizens, politicians and Bollywood celebrities were unaware of this day. Shiv Sena, the ruling party of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), which also own a chain of vada pav stalls across the city, were too unaware of the Vada Pav Day. The party had started the chain of stalls to generate employment for Marathi youths in Mumbai.
Yashwant Jadhav, the Standing Committee chairman, was shy when made aware of this day by a local media newspaper. .He thanked them for the information and jokingly said that he will rush to the nearest vadav pav vendor and have it and celebrate the occasion. Another Sena Corporator and former BEST Committee Chairman Anil Kokil replied that he wanted to organize programmes to commemorate this day, but claimed that due to prior commitments and meetings it wouldn’t be possible. . In fact, had big plans for this day, but had to stall. Now he has decided to distribute a few vada pavs to his friends and party workers..
Meanwhile, the chairman Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) Bank Deepak Parekh, otherwise a non-vegetarian who loves fish on the menu, prefers vegetarian food at home and loves to snack on vada pav. Marathi film actor, Sachin Khedekar said even though he wasn’t aware of this day, the snack is the best reminder of Mumbai’s culture. “Vada pav is the best fusion discovered in Maharashtra. A burger is nothing compared to our vada pav. A burger is the Non-Resident Indian cousin of our vada pav,” Khedekar said.
Report by: K.V.Raman
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