Only Caveat to the Whole Situation Is That One Needs to Devout 100% of Themselves - Abhay Thakur

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1. Tell us about your background and journey.

A nerd who somehow managed to go on Instagram and started posting images for friends and family but realize that it's not just a platform for few but where you can interact and showcase your work to millions and millions of people who appreciate what you do and encourage you. 

So some 2.5years ago started my micro blogging page on Instagram by the name of @foodietraveller_abhax and here we are some 1750+ posts (actually it's lot more if you see how many bad ones have I archived) and 35K Instafam.

2. Which is your favorite cuisine and dish?

Indian cuisine for the obvious reasons. However I really like the Japanese food a lot - always felt a connection with the Japanese culture (the otaku in me speaking here) and love how the cuisine uses all the senses to make the food taste so good. 

From a simple sushi roll to a tempura prawn - it has simple yet clean flavors which are cooked to perfection with years of experience.

3. Should food blogging be just a passion or can it become a regular career?

Food blogging can absolutely be a career - I have seen so many success stories where people have made big in the industry and thriving. If you have the passion to become a food blogger and follow it as a career, I'm sure there are ample of opportunities for good food blogger to make a career out of it and follow what you are passionate about. The only caveat to the whole situation is that one needs to devout 100% of themselves in following the same and becoming successful.

4. Which restaurants/food joints would you recommend to food lovers?

There are many out there who are offering great taste. However it's a very personal choice if the other person would like the same as palate differ. But some of my go-to places that never disappoints me are Social, Guppy, Yum Yum Cha, Monika Chole bhature, Cafe Delhi Heights, Khan Chacha, Karim's, Bukhara, Cafe Lota, Bo Tai, Kofuku just to name a few but there are uber local places which do simple Indian Street Food and are "world famous" in the local area.

5. What makes you appreciate a particular dish or a restaurant and talk about it on your blog?

No doubt simple, clean flavors would be liked by many however what really excites me is the complex and new flavors which I don't try or eat on a regular basis. Also turning something which no one has changed from eternity and making it look exciting and taste good - takes my vote. Imagine reinventing chole bhature or golgappe and turning it into something new. Kuttu (buckwheat) golgappe filled with tamarind, avocado and wasabi for that kick - Exciting ain't it!!!

6. Is there a dish you particularly associate yourself with?

It's difficult to associate myself with just one dish. In summer I associate myself with ice-cream sundae. On a cold winter evening it's hot and crispy Jalebi. If it's a rainy day then aloo pyaj pakore are something I associate myself with. Or you can just say that I'm probably craving for these dishes.

7. Which is your favorite book and why?

As a food blogger you must think my favorite book might be a cook book but in all honesty my favorite book is "The Godfather" by Mario Puzo. Just like how the whole story develops with all the twist and turns and the ending - I think I have read this book multiple time for the ending. I know what's going to happen in the end but every time I'm reading it's the ending feels just like the first time I read it.

- Abhay Thakur
Instagram @foodietraveller_abhax

- Interview by - Suhitha Mahendran

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