The Woe Of The Shawarma In Kerala

On July 10, 21-year-old Sachin Mathew, a hotel management graduate, before boarding his bus to Bangalore bought three ‘shawarmas’ from the Salwa restaurant located close to the Congress party headquarters in Trivandrum. On route to Bangalore he spoke to his mother and said that he was feeling ill. From the next day on there was no contact with the parents, and on July 14 they got a call from a hotel in Bangalore where he stayed, that their son had passed away. Incidentally, the same day thespian actor Thilakan’s son and his family also had ‘shawarmas’ from the same restaurant and they too fell ill and had to be admitted to hospital.

The incident led to huge uproar in the state against the health authorities, who now have swung into action and are conducting raids on restaurants across the state to check the quality of food sold in the market. A day later the health authorities sealed the hotel.
On the suggestion of food safety commissioner, police have registered a complaint against the owner of the restaurant.
Though samples of food from the restaurant have not been taken, the authorities are awaiting the medical reports on those who consumed this food item and were hospitalised. They have sealed three other eateries in the capital. Kerala authorities have begun extensive raids across the state after the first reports. The Centre has given time till August 4 to officials to brief owners of shops, restaurants and hotels on stringent provisions of the Food Safety and Standards Act. The drive covered shawarma outlets, hotels, restaurants, and food bunks along the areas near the GCDA Complex, KINCO boat jetty, Ernakulam North, and Palarivattom. A release issued by the Health standing committee of the corporation said that the drive revealed many incidents in which food products were found sold under highly unhygienic conditions, including exposure to dust from nearby roads and smoke emitted by vehicles.

Now there is a temporary halt for all restaurants serving shawarmas for upto a week for safety measures to be implemented. Action would be taken against those food businesses found to be operating without a license or registration and those found selling unclean or unsafe food will have to pay the penalty as well as other legal measures specified under the Food Safety Act. the Ernakulam District Collector signed an order today afternoon, banning Shawarmas cooked openly on road side. The order made as per Food Safety Act, now empowers police to close down every Shawarma Joints in the district and city, untill Food Safety Commissioner certifies the safety. As per Administration’s order, only shawarmas cooked within an enclosed glass chamber located inside a hotel premises, will only be allowed from now. So something that should have been implemented ages ago is now being forced as one youth has died and some were hospitalized. Great! But I also wonder if the ban would have been done if the victim had had local & traditional Indian food. What about the local thattukadas, pani puri outlets and open food stall?

RIP Rajesh Khanna

One time romantic heartthrob of the Indian movie loving masses, Rajesh Khanna is no more. Known as India’s first superstar he passed away on today afternoon at his residence Aashirwad in Mumbai, aged 69.

He appeared in 163 feature films of which 128 films saw him as the lead protagonist; he appeared in 17 short films as well.  He won three Filmfare Best Actor Awards and was nominated for the same fourteen times. He received the maximum BFJA Awards for Best Actor (Hindi) – four times[4] and nominated 25 times. In 1991, he was awarded the Filmfare Special Award for completing 25 years in the industry, appearing in a record 106 films as the single lead protagonist in a span of 25 years. In 2005, he was awarded the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award. Khanna was referred to as the “First Superstar” of Hindi cinema.

Born Jatin Khanna in Amristar, Punjab on 29 December 1942 he was adopted and raised by foster parents who were relatives of his biological parents. Khanna attended St. Sebastian’s Goan High School in Girgaum, along with his friend Ravi Kapoor, who later took the stage name Jeetendra. He made his debut in 1966 in ‘Aakhri Khat’ after winning a talent hunt contest. At the peak of his career, he delivered 15 consecutive solo hits, a feat which no other actor has achieved so far. After his love affair with actress Anhu Mahendru broke up, he met & married actress Dimple Kapadia in March 1973, six months before her debut film. That marriage last till 1984 and produced two actress daughters Twinkle & Rinke.

Some of his movies which I have seen & remember & appreciated are Aradhana, Do Raaste, Anand, Haathi Mere Saathi & Namak Haram.

Rajesh Khanna 29 December 1942 – 18 July 2012

Secret Agent – Licensed To Blog

Ooh a couple of nights ago I had this vivid dream. I was a secret agent, a spy working for “some agency” on a dangerous assignment but one vital to maintaining peace and avoiding a war between several nations. The task was to infiltrate a club of very rich and powerful men & women who hail from all over the world and they meet up once a month for a weekend in an island. I was given papers and forged documents and name – showing me to a low profile but highly powerful & rich businessman involved in several key projects in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America. On my new false identity being monitored by the elitist club, I was deemed a welcome addition and a possible powerful component in their plans to take over the world.

I was initially invited for lunch at a country club, a kind of interview to see if my philosophies and intentions match the secret club’s and before desert was done at the of a lavish meal they had decided in my favour. My fake identity had worked. Yet they still monitored me in my lavish presidential suite in one of the most expensive hotels in Europe and I could see that I was being followed were ever I go and watched by several men and women. I used untamperable cell phones to call my contacts in the agency I represent and give them reports of my daily activities. They were worried that I would be found out as that would mean torture & sure death but the mission was vital. Soon I was officially invited to join the club on their island getaway. I was to join them for a weekend of cocktail parties, dinner followed by the agenda for that month and meeting several of the other members of this secret club. I was flown in by a chartered jet and whisked into a giant complex that served as the headquarters. It was heavily guarded and I knew that I would not be able to sneak a gun into the club due to their metal detectors and hastily hid my weapon without being seen.

At the club a grand party awaited all the members with musicians, waiters and dozens of scantily clad sexy women hired as hostesses to keep the members entertained. Honestly I could barely keep my eyes off the string bikini bottoms and pasties that just managed to cover the nipple areas of the hostesses. As I mingled and kept an eye out for any meaningful dialogues, I was astonished on seeing a familiar face and, well, body – an ex girlfriend of mine (in real life) was one of the hostesses. As she glided seductively in my direction my eyes took a walk all over her body. I was worried that she was involved in this scheme but she made no signs of having recognized my true identity. She latched herself onto me, like several of the women were clinging onto the rich & powerful men & women too. She whispered into my ear that we should find some place private to be alone and as she led me away, the rest of the members laughed and said “so he is already going to get laid and so soon!” Because the women were also hired to keep the guests sexually satisfied.

As we walked away this woman told me that she was also working for the same agency that I was and that we had to get out of there to pass on an important mission. She had a yatch ready for us to go in and once clear of the island we could relay our message – the timings of the secret club’s plan had been changed and a terrorist group were going to attack an important building the next day. We went in the yatch and once clear of the island relayed our message. With a sigh of relief she sat down and we started talking about the mission. As we talked, I was well aware of her almost naked & shapely body next to me and soon I pulled her close to me and kissed her. We ended up making love in the moonlight and slept in each others arms. She had to get me back to the island before dawn as my absence would arouse suspicions and the entertainment supervisor at the club would be looking for her in the morning. We made plans to meet once the weekend was over and figure out our next move once we reported back  to our agency.

After I got down from the yatch, she went back in to get something and —- the yatch below up in a loud explosion! That’s when I woke up from my dream!!!