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July fans hope for Lucknow's Chatori Gali yet fear simmers concerning a third wave pickle

With great 'unlock', comes great responsibility- so mask up, sanitize and make sure to maintain distance from strangers.

Conversations concerning Lucknow's street food are incomplete without the honorary mention of the city's Chatori Gali, seated at the 1090 Chauraha. However, the pandemic overshadowed its gourmet glory and a place that was once a bustling hub of the youth and oldies alike during the twilight hours, stood deserted, until now.

After receiving the required permissions to function from June 21, the stalls at Lucknow's famous Chatori Gali were seeing firing up their grills, bringing milk handis to a boil, fanning the tandoors, heating up the tawas, in line with the issued protocols. In sync with the inviting aromas, the very first day of this food street's business accounted for a hefty footfall, although the count didn't match up the tallies of the pre-pandemic era. However, with the daily assemblage of residents seen here now, it is safe to say that the many city folks are maintaining ample social distancing with the actual COVID norms.


July heralds hope for food vendors at Chatori Gali

Till now, due to the strenuous lockdown and other repercussions of the pandemic, these local food sellers had been left unemployed and with no cash flow at all, causing a state of panic and desolation among them. But with July approaching, the second wave receding and several relaxations offered, the food vendors at Chatori Gali are hopeful that their businesses will highlight an upward trajectory soon.

Further, in an effort to urge the residents to indulge and to boost sales, so that their basic margin of daily survival is heeded to, most of the street food vendors here have decided not to hike up their prices.

Concerns brewing regarding expectant third wave

Although the situation in the city seems to be bettering, the Chatori Gali sellers have voiced their concerns regarding the new virus strain and a probable third wave, which would yet again mean the indefinite closure of business. Nevertheless, the business owners are still looking forward to a steady revival of sales in the coming days, with the dilution of the ongoing pandemic cutbacks.

Before COVID took over, Chatori Gali housed more than 50 street food vendors and at present, this strength has reduced but the spirit of feeding people till they burp out loud and making a living out of it, still gleams bright. The stalls are operational from 5 PM till 9 PM, from Monday to Friday!

But Pooja (read: Lucknowites), what is this behaviour?

We understand that the temptation of thronging Chatori Gali and wolfing down the delights here is absolutely difficult to resist and supporting local vendors at this point, is also the crucial need of the hour! But what is also important is to follow all the issued norms to dodge another swelling while enjoying the pleasures of being out in the open- a privilege that isn't too common these days.

Since Monday, many maskless residents have been spotted here at Lucknow's Chatori Gali, who were also found flouting the other issued COVID regulations. A similar visual was witnessed at the city's famed Bhoothnath Market as well, where people frolicked around to bag goodies and treat themselves to the street grubs available at this locale.

This brings us back to the same aide-memoire that the pandemic is just simmering down- it hasn't gone for good yet and a third wave is definitely on the cards! With great 'unlock', comes great responsibility- so mask up, sanitize and make sure to maintain distance from strangers, be it during this pandemic or otherwise.

- Inputs & pictures by Pawan Kaushal

Fighting against hunger, THESE 5 NGOs are a silver lining for the needy in Lucknow!

This World Food Day, get to know about these 5 NGOs fighting against hunger in Lucknow

There is an abundance of food-delivery apps in the market today that have managed to reduce the gap between your homes and restaurants. However, there is no such modern solution to bridge the long-prevailing gap between a one-time meal and the underprivileged. No matter how developed any city in India is today, the issue of hunger is a prominent one everywhere, and Lucknow is no exception.

But keeping intact our faith in humanity, are certain groups and individuals who're working round the clock to ensure that each day, the number of people going to sleep hungry, reduces significantly. This World Food Day, get to know about 5 NGOs working towards this cause and provide them with your support however you can. A little help goes a long way!

Akshaya Patra Foundation

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a non-profit organisation spread across India that operates a school lunch programme (Mid-Day meal). Established in the year 2000, the aim of this organisation is to counter classroom hunger and aid in the education of children. Reportedly, it feeds more than 18 lakh children every day, across the country. With its presence in several cities including Lucknow, the Akshaya Patra Foundation also worked to distribute food among the migrant workers during the COVID crisis last year. Donate to this noble cause by clicking on the website link attached below.

Contact: 097924 48359

Website: The Akshaya Patra Foundation

The Robin Hood Army

The Robin Hood Army is a volunteer-based organisation that was established in 2014 by Neel Ghose and Arushi Batra. This establishment works to get surplus food from restaurants and the community, to serve less fortunate people. The idea behind the conception of this NGO is to create self-sustained chapters across the world, that will look after its local community. Like all the other chapters, Lucknow Chapter of this volunteer-based organisation conducts various drives across the city. If you wish to become a part of this group log on to their official website now!

Contact: Send a mail on info@robinhoodarmy.com

Website: The Robin Hood Army

Roti Bank

Roti Bank is a citizen led organisation who's primary aim is to provide food to the needy. To attain this goal, Roti Bank has a team spread across the country including a bunch in Lucknow that is purely dedicated to the cause. Roti bank collects left-over and excess food from homes and events and distributes it among the needy. One can donate in cash or kind or even volunteer to become a part of this thoughtful initiative. Click on the website link to know more about this organisation.

Contact: 7905881802

Website: Roti bank Lucknow

Vijay Sri Foundation

Vijay Sri Foundation is a non-government organization, that was launched in the year 2009 in Lucknow. The main objective of this organisation was the distribution of food to the needy poor in hospitals. Initially, home-cooked food packets were distributed among attendants of poor patients admitted in various wards of Lucknow's King George Medical College. Gradually, the operations grew to other hospitals in the city as well. Currently, around 900 patients are served food everyday, under its "Prasadam Sewa" campaign. To join their team or contribute monetarily, log on to their official website.

Contact: 099358 88887

Website: Prasadam Sewa

Feeding India

Found in the year 2014, Feeding India was formed to solve the complex challenges of food wastage, malnutrition and hunger in India. As a part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, Zomato acquired this organisation in 2019 to deal with these issues. With its presence in Lucknow, Feeding India by Zomato designs interventions to decrease hunger among the communities that are underserved. If you wish to donate or know more about this organisation check out their official website.

Contact: Write to them here

Website: Feeding India

Knock Knock

Even though these organisations are working hard to improve the situation, it is upon all of us to make sure that we don't waste food and do whatever we can to help and feed the poor. To fight and beat the global problem of hunger, a collective effort is a must!

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