Where food is the issue


Food is a problem for those who hop from one city to another, either for academic pursuits or for job purposes.

Each city offers different tastes and eating food, which one is not used to, can be quite an ordeal.

Bangalore is home to people from other States who prefer PG accommodations with food because it works out to be cheaper than eating out everyday. And five or six people share a PG so it works well for the pocket in terms of the stay and food.

Metrolife spoke to a few people living in PGs in the City to see if their food requirements are met well. Sakshi Sehgal from Jhansi, says, “It is really funny that they think providing rotis is the same as giving North Indian food. The cuisine is mainly South Indian and for someone who is not used to it, it becomes difficult to adjust. We’re served the same thing in the afternoon and at night.”

Elish from Mumbai agrees with Sakshi when he says, “The food here is unsuitable for North Indians. They serve only rice at my PG and I am not used to rice. I also think they mix water in the sambhar to cut costs and overcome the quantity issues. There’s no filter in my PG and we are forced to drink tap water directly, which is not hygienic and cause health issues,”

Merita Hansda from West Bengal too has the same tale to narrate. “I come from the Eastern part of the country, so it took me sometime to get used to the food here. However, to be honest I have no choice, I just eat what I get,” she says.

However, Srinivas Hadpad, a Bangalorean is an exception. He says, “The food at my PG is great. It is cheap and best when compared to food served in hotels. Outside food can burn a hole in your pocket and be very unhealthy.”

There are a couple of high end paying guest accommodations, which offer a variety of cuisines, including non-vegetarian food. Those who can't afford expensive PGs end up eating out and develop a taste for whatever is available. Most PGs maintain high hygienic standards.

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