The most memorable years of our lives are the ones we spend in the college. New friends who became more than a family, those boring lectures, mass bunks and pranks on professors defined our days. Those favourite hangout places in and around college, the festivals, the crushes, the rose days and the “settings” made for wonderful memories that we will cherish our entire life; stories, like “kids that’s how I met your grandmother”, that we will tell our grandchildren. College life was a bliss.
I generally became disinterested in the classroom studies, don’t we all? At the start of every semester we sat in the lectures with enthusiasm to learn something new, hoping that the professors in the new semester would rekindle our interest in studies, but all in vain. And then there were these never ending heaps of assignments that we copied from that one kid who sat attentively on the first bench. Yep that’s the same kid we hated because convincing him for mass bunk was a task in itself but when it submissions came near we made him our god.
That’s when the canteens and the food stalls outside the colleges come in as life saviours. A bite of that Grilled Sandwich, the crunch of that Pani-Puri, a sip of that Oreo Shake brought a smile on our faces as we thought, well college isn’t that bad after all. I remember, during my Diploma college days, at times the lectures seemed such a pain that even the most abysmal combination of food like Fried Rice served with Chole or Yellow Hakka Noodles served with just the Chilli Sauce would alleviate my mood. Although the Samosa Chole served in the Diploma canteen was a kick ass dish. I recollect bunking the lecture before the lunch break to not miss out on the opportunity to relish that savoury dish.
Thankfully my Engineering days were better. The lectures were as dull as my Diploma times but the food scene definitely improved. Now if one day I was binging on a Veg Cheese Frankie then the other day I was slurping down a bowl of Maggi. There was a lot of variety; from Dosa to Sandwich and from Paneer Makhanwala to Veg Biryani, everyday I had something new I could try. Food had now become the center of my world. On one fine evening while passing by the canteen I saw this beautiful girl biting into my favourite canteen dish, the Cheese Frankie. I knew that very moment that I had found my soulmate. College life couldn’t get any better. Here’s another fun fact; I started freelancing as a website developer only so I could make an extra buck and explore more into the world of culinary. I truly thank Engineering for helping me deepen the first and the only undying love my life, FOOD!
While all of us our favourite dishes from our college canteens and stalls outside, here is my list of some popular and some unusual college snacks you should consider trying:
Cheese Pasta Roll – Rs. 60 – Opposite HR College, Churchgate
Sev Puri Toast – Rs. 50 – Gupta Chaat, Outside Matunga Station
Pink Pasta – Rs. 150 (Macaroni) / Rs. 200 (Penne) – Opposite Podar College, Matunga
Cheese Wafer Pav – Rs. 20 – Rajesh General Store – Near Andhra Education Society High School, Wadala
Cheese Burst Dosa – Rs. 150 – Pure Milk Center, Near Somaiya College, Ghatkopar East
Aloo Handi – Rs. 10 (3 handis) – Corner of Rd No. 25, Near SIES College, Sion West
Samosa Chole – Rs. 37 – Gurukripa, Opposite SIES College, Sion West