A random walk through my maze of thousands of unread/less-read mails on my gmail account landed me on a mail with the picture above. This brought back thoughts from the summer on what research is all about – escaping from a few good days of `intellectual’ activity to possibly even more satisfying evenings of Beer and Indian food!
In particular, on the last day of the conference (-1 days before the final workshop day), as workshops chair and one of the localhosts (192.168.1.1), I was cornered by a Nitin Vaidya in desperate yearning of very spicy Indian food. This was fortuitious – the conference being in London, which apparently boasts of more Indian restaurants than Bombay and Delhi combined! Anyways, a proposal was floated for the best Punjabi food outside Punjab (this being in SouthAll) – a few other afficiniados gathered, program scrapped due to heavy traffic, resurrected after the beer above (not at Southall but by the river Thames) and finally culminated in glory and delicious (and spicy on request) food at the Roxy restaurant in SouthAll. The menu was Sarson Saag, Makki Roti, Makki Methi Roti, Daal Makhani, Madras Chicken et etc..ending with Faluda dessert! Needless to say, we were too busy with the food to take pictures!
Here’s a fascinating read about the fascinating `Little Punjab’. and a sampler of eating out in SouthAll. Being a Punjabi, I can assert to the authenticity of the experience but I would say I was less better off with the spices the next day than the brave quartet of Nitin, Maurice, Antonio and Gadi!