Hey Gujjus, Who Made You the Food Police of India?

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Hey Gujjus, Who Made You the Food Police of India?

Illustration: Sushant Ahire

M

y family and I grew up in a ground floor Santacruz apartment, adjacent to the house of the Patels. We were The Shahs and they The Patels. It sounded like the beginning of a Gujarati West Side Story, but unfortunately ended up more like an episode of Tarak Mehta ka Ooltah Chashmah.

Mr Patel had a Maruti Esteem that he never drove because he believed in saving money, and two sons whom he didn’t love because he believed in making money. Mrs Patel stayed indoors most of the day – we knew she was alive because we could see the channels flipping on the TV through the window.  

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