Originally Posted by troub
Veggie town? Like Mt. Athos? Well . . . 200/365 vegan, with occasional dairy,eggs, and the rare fish on the other days. The entire [strike]island[/strike] country.
Since there is interest in this topic, I will explain. This is like a nice bed time tale but a real one.
originally, I am from the City of Chennai, in Tamil Nadu, India. There is a suburban Metro train that runs from a town called Tambaram which is the terminus to the other Terminus which is Madras Beach. There are several stations inbetween. In each of these Stations, there is a small restaurant called Vegetarian Light Refreshment Stall. They were all Vegetarian, I don't recall any being non-veg.http://www.chennaionline.com/cityfea...02mgtrains.asp
The Jains are very important but extremely nice people in India. They were almost teh first to build charity hospitals for animals. Their top people even cover their face/mouth so that they don't kill bacteria when they breathe. They have a HISTORY OF 9000 YEARS or so and are Vegetarians thru this period
When I talk of veggie volunteering in my mind I am thinking of all the folks, who prepared Prasadam in temples for festivals, decorated it until they felt tired till late in the morning etc.,
Outside of Chennai there are still places that are VERY, VERY ANCIENT
This is the temple I used to go to before I came to North America. It is very close to my former residence in Indiahttp://youtube.com/watch?v=k51z0LiV_8k
Prayers etc., are still done there as they were done 1000 years ago. It feels soooo ancient and deep there. This temple was built by Raja Raja Cholan's Father I think. About two years after I started frequenting this temple, it was rediscovered by the Archeological Society of India. In this village, there was a restaurant, were one can get idli's 3 for 10 paise in 1990, all made from locally grown stuff. 100 paise =1 rupee. Approx. 30-40 Indian Rupees is 1 US$ I think. So go figure. Initially, when my father built a home in that place we had arguements. But later I loved it to earth.
Then recently I realized something that made great sense. Tambaram and the sorrouding areas were BIG communities in those days. One of the Mughal Generals of Aurangazeb, Nusrat Jang waged a great campaign to the South India:http://horsesandswords.blogspot.com/...es-of-war.html
As a part of this campaign, he killed and destroyed several folks in this area.
I feel like a Big looser now. This place is close to my home but I never went there. This place was a real treasure in those days and changed big hands several times.http://www.gingeefort.com/History.asp
Explore the Fort Photo Galleryhttp://www.gingeefort.com/photo.asp
India had great invasions from foreigners, the main one from the Mughals from Sakarkhand in now Russia. This went on for several centuries in which period several locals lost their lives and faced great hardships, works of art/literature etc., were destroyed. All these things are documented very well in History:
For eg.,: http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/3310
From what I understand before this Vegetarianism was even more strong in India.
These days in the name of development/westernization meat eating is spreading in India, this is a concern.
I went on a visit once to a Hill Station called Kodaikanal and stayed at a place called Tiruchirapalli. The food there was so excellent I will never forget. A lot cheaper than a McDonald's quickie but very, very PRICELESS in terms of value. The meal consisted of Rice with Samar, Rasam, Poriyal, Appalam, all served on a Banana leaf. Tiruchi is called the rice basin, no wonder. I tried Vodka recently a full cup, never had so much before. However, I will share a fact. The Vegetarian food in Tiruchi in that LOW CLASS hotel was so good, that it had a better effect on me and create such pleasant thoughts in my mind better than the Vodka, I still remember praying to God that day and thanking him for all these wonderful, priceless gifts.
This Restaurant in Chennai was Vegetarian back then:http://www.dasaprakash.in/historical-facts.htm
The Masala Dosai and (more fat) Paper Masala Dosai are one of the GREAT vegetarian delicacies that one must experience in their life. I still wonder who was the genius who invented this dish. I have had this so many times and it never dulls me:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dosai
I feel a bit guilty sharing all this here as some of it is so traditional that many here may not get to taste this stuff. However, I also have an urge to be honest and share all veggie related info.
Udipi hotels are also very popular in Southern India. They are run by folks from a place called Udipi in Karnataka State. All their restaurants are Vegetarian. It is even mentioned in ivu.org in a few places that India has the most number of Vegetarians in the World. So almost Vegetarian towns are not that hard to imagine.