Food For Thought

About Mrinal’s Recent Controversial Remark About The Trivandrum Food Scene

Today, I came across a bunch of responses from my fellow food bloggers and many others from Trivandrum, essentially condemning what was said by Mrinal Das Vengalat, a fellow blogger and a restaurant management consultant, in his blog recently… I didn’t really want to respond to it but after many requests to do so, here we go… 🙂

The “Crime Scene”

The following is the video that everybody is talking about right now…

Apparently, in the video at around 0:59, he is accusing the people of Trivandrum to be mostly those for whom when it comes to food, only thing that matters is quantity and that its cheap… He then adds that most people here don’t care about quality especially taste and even hygiene as long as they get big quantities for the price…

My Thoughts On This

The problem I felt about his statement is that he seems to be, in an arrogant way, judging the people of Trivandrum based on how many people eat at a 5 star place and also how well he was able to enjoy the food at that 5 star place, which is indeed a ridiculous analysis cause obviously most people in, not just Trivandrum, but any city in India and also the entire world, are those who really cannot afford to eat at 5 star restaurants on a regular basis and taste is obviously a personal matter… At best among that most, we have a sizable middle class who can afford to go to such places once or twice in a year ie special occasions while otherwise goto less priced / affordable places… So, it seems like according to him, anyone who doesn’t eat at 5 star places are among those who can’t appreciate quality and are among those who go behind quantity and low price without any consideration of hygiene while making the accusation that culturally we are a group of people who can’t appreciate quality when it comes to food… That is indeed a ridiculous accusation… Also, unless he has done this deliberately for negative publicity or some other interests, it seems that clearly, he has not bothered to do much research on the food options in Trivandrum and has made the statement entirely based on the supposedly bad personal experiences that he ended up having… I mean at the very least if he had read the food review posts here or from any other fellow food blogger based here, he would’ve got enough examples of places that are affordable and do serve good quality food in excellent hygienic conditions… If Mrinal is reading this, I would encourage him to at least go thru the posts that I have written here…

At the same time, we must not forget to see the other side as well cause it is true that even in 2020, we still have people who prove Mrinal’s statement to be right (else please explain how restaurants who get caught serving even stale food again and again still has its doors open and are packed with customers)… But are they the majority like Mrinal seemed to have implied??? Certainly Not… Infact, at least based on my observation, the majority of the people of Trivandrum are those who prefer good quality and tasty food over quantity these days and I see more and more people willing to spend a bit extra as well for good food and besides, it really is an outdated concept that only 5 star places serve good food, especially that only expensive things are good… In fact I can give quite a number of examples of restaurants, eateries, etc who serve food and/or drinks that’s way better than any of the 5 star places for less than 1/3rd the pricing… So, while the outrage against him for making the statement is justified, I for one think that its equally important to observe and understand where he is coming from and if possible make the necessary corrections to ourselves if needed… So, what I would like to say to my fellow bloggers is that instead of just spending effort to “pongala idal” Mrinal in social media, how about identifying, educating and encouraging those who still prefer quantity over quality and hygiene to think differently??? How about inviting Mrinal himself over and show him how good the food scene in Trivandrum really is???


  1. I would say what he said was correct, only to an extent we are all aware off. Is Trivandrum the only place which is affected. Certainly not. As every place, trivandrumites are aware off such places. Mainly it was the expression and place where he passed the observation had people react to it. But as a blogger you should be aware of public sentiment.

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