Masala dosa has a fan in Afghan student here

Masala dosa has a fan in Afghan student here

Fazilleh Faizi.  Dh photo by Prashanth H G

She was in hostel when the olfactory of pucca Mysore food hit her nostrils. It didn’t take much time for her to grab a bite. Now, she is a great fan of masala dosa.

You will be surprised to know, for the girl I’m speaking about is not a Mysorean, but an Afghan, who is in the city of palaces for her studies.

Fazilleh Faizi has spent close to three years here from her early days in Regional Institute of Education (RIE) on Sri Jayachamaraja College of Engineering (SJCE) road.

She did her diploma in English, before joining Teresian College in Siddarthanagar for her BBM.

If you want to know quite a few things about her taste for local food, lets go back to her days in RIE. Faizi told City Herald, the frequently served food  for breakfast at hostel was masala dosa and idli and sambar, and rice for lunch and dinner.

Initially she had some reservations for experimenting the food totally different from her native, central province in Afghanistan.

It later became a habit with she developing hunger pangs for the particular variety of dosa, such was the bond. Apart from food, she was also introduced to the local Kannada language with her roommate hailing from Shimoga. Among chaats, gobi manchurian is her favourite, adds Faizi when one of her friends reminds her.

Like every other peer from abroad, she too had initial apprehensions about the whole new environs. But it slowly faded with Faizi getting adjusted to the hustle-bustle of the city. What came in for her rescue was locals increasing fad in speaking English with the foreigners. She could easily converse with them in English.

She has become more of a tourist exploring tourist spots in and around Mysore. From Palace to Chamundi Hill and to KRS she has visited numerous other places, which she could not recollect. A great fan of Salman Khan she has even watched his recent movie- Bodyguard.

Urs road, she bursts out in bullet speed when asked about the road she often visits, besides Kalidasa Road popular as KD road. Her favourite (like cronies from other countries too) restaurant is also situated on the same stretch.

About her academics, she is in first year BBM and is ecstatic after winning first prize in power point presentation of her native- from its culture and tradition on the occasion of World Tourism Day. To be precise, she emerged joint winner along with her friend from Afghanistan- Zaara.

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