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Why Indians love to eat out…

Here’s my take on why I think we guys love spending our money at hotels, restaurants, fresh juice shops, fast food joints and the like.

  1. Split personality effect: KFC estimates about 30 to 40% of Indians are vegetarians. There are a lot of Brahmins and other folks who won’t or can’t have meat inside their homes. In short, they are herbis inside and carnis outside. To satisify their desires and their buds, all they got is the eateries.
  2. GDP effect: Indians, led by the great Amartya Sen, are very good at developmental economics. They are fully aware that if my Amma cooks and I eat at home, there is no addition to the GDP for her culinary skills (which I bet are out of the world, like any son) whereas when I eat outside I contribute to the GDP. The multiplier effect of each son, who thinks likewise, contributes about half the revenues of all these institutions.
  3. Migratory effect: Rising urbanisation and better opportunities for speaking/typing more leads to increasing power in the purses of this generation Indians and a higher floating population. A judicious mix of these two factors results in the eating out phenomenon.
  4. Relativity effect: All of us know Einstein’s famous theory about the time difference when you sit next to an intoxicating girl and when you put your hand into a fire if you were a kid that never grew up. We would rather spend our precious time in watching a match or the never-ending serial than cooking. In fact, the cooking is okay but the thought of having to wash the utensils puts us off.
  5. Google effect: Every self-respecting netizen is aware of Google’s mission – to organise all the world’s info and make it accessible and useful. That makes it easy for me to find restaurants across the globe and for the chefs to find exotic recipes. The poorman’s pizza in Italy gets a new life as a premium snack everywhere else. I have had the stylishly named granita in another name and at a much cheaper price back home.
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  1. Anonymous
    17 February 2006 at 7:28 pm

    Honestly ! Dude, you act and think like someone who is still stuck in your childhood like Freud who got stuck in his teens. What b-school do you go to.. Is it one of those around the corner kinda schools ? Do yourself a favor – drop out. We already have enough morons with mba’s. Of course, if you fancy few more letters after your name, then just keep it yourself. First Amendment, ehh ?

    and this comment might be deleted, ohh well atleast you got the message.

    God Speed.

  2. A
    18 February 2006 at 5:07 am

    I totally agree with your relativity effect! I simply *hate* washing dishes :-(!

  3. 18 February 2006 at 7:38 am

    anon, you are very smart to praise me as a childish moron 🙂 i wonder what i should say more 😕

    yup A, the washing part is the worst one

  4. sk
    19 February 2006 at 10:53 am

    Regarding relativity effect, Thats why you have husbands (to wash the dishes I mean)! 😀

    But seruiously you are right about the restaurants, and people crazily eating out.
    Especially Friday and Saturday evenings, when you have a wait time in hours in all the good places to eat! 😦

    Another reason, to catch up with friends, cant call all of them to your home and cook for them! 😛

  5. 19 February 2006 at 9:34 pm

    hey, i had a longer post and i don’t see some more reasons which i first had. maybe i did a subconscious edit! i had written a romance effect and a onida tv effect. i also thought of the treat culture which makes us eat out more than before. isn’t it similar to the friends reason you say?

  6. gopi
    20 February 2006 at 11:45 am

    I wonder how “Google effect” makes Indians to eat out… May be that section needs some more to explain.

    In my point of view, Indians may love to eat out but when they eat out, they have tendencies to stick to their own food cuisines rather than the cuisines prevailing in their place of visit. For ex, southis always tend to have idli & dosas even when they are in north and they spend time in searching for those kinda restuarants rather trying out different dishes avail in north.(same true for northis when they visit south). It is acceptable when you stay for a long period but not for a small trip …..

  7. 23 February 2006 at 9:26 pm

    I once ordered some fancy-sounding Italian dish at The 100FT boutique restaurant. Turned out to be nothing different from Oothapam and Coconut chutney 🙂

    LOL @ GDP factor 🙂

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