• Dear All,

    On 28/01/2000 a question was asked about an interesting subject.
    "Nowadays, food is being sold in restaurents, hotels, and food
    stalls. Was there by any chance cooked food being sold in the olden

    What are your views?
  • I would think so. I don't see why people wouldn't want to make money by
    selling food/drinks.. has been going on for a long time.
  • Like we had so many bachelors like me now, i presume there would have been many in those days. So, they would have to have depended upon some external sources for food atleast in some situations.
  • Yes and surely while they travel long distances on horse backs [?][?]
  • CHATRAM (INN) was providing FOOD and Shelters to travellers - free
    of cost - run by the State. Temple did provide such food - during
    day time.

    I remember Tamil Writer Jayankanthan quoting in one of his works :
    (Jaya jaya sankara ? )

    " Andhanargal unavur virgaatha kaalamadhu "

    ( Like Udipi Hotels ) - food was not made available for sale .. !

    He was talking of 19th Century.

    Let us hear more from Dr. Jaybee.

    regards / sps
  • In my great grandfather's times atleast it was considered wrong to
    take money (or any return) from people for food. Of course where you
    ate was strongly bound by caste definitions. So if you are a bachelor
    or out of town and a brahmin, you ate at those chatrams for charity
    or found another known brahmin's house to eat at, of course this
    slowly came down to relatives and then distant relatives and stopped
    ultimately. It was that way among other non brahmin castes also.
    Another reason why this system sustained was most of rice and grain
    came from village fields in those days and nobody paid to buy it.
    Commercial eataries and eating out only started full fledge after
    people sold their lands and had to go for jobs full time.

    My grandmother used to say every visitor was considered Rama and you
    got treated like Sabari treated Rama, with the greatest respect and
    offered whatever you had for food. Those who took advantage of this
    were labelled 'sapattu ramans', hence the name came about I believe.

  • Malathi,

    Interesting to note the origin of Saapaatu Raman!

  • Mmmm, were those the good old days?!

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