Saturday, 10 November 2012

Shri Nathji’s favorite snack - Sandwich

Shri Nathji was very fond of Sandwiches. It was one of his famous snacks when He was outside. Shri Nathji had sandwiches in the cafeterias of  the India International Center in New Delhi and the U.N. Headquarters in New York, Also Vegetarian Sandwiches were Shri Nathji's staple diet during His tour to Europe. Once in New York, Shri Nathji had a craving for sandwiches. HH Priya Nath was reluctant to take Shri Nathji out with him into the streets of New York at night in search of a cafeteria. At the same time he had no inclination to leave Shri Nathji behind in the hotel room and bring food from outside. He was still deliberating over the problem when the door-bell rang. It was a friend of HH Priya Nath, a certain Mr. Benjamin Mandel, a middle-aged American who had grown to love HH Priya Nath as his own son. HH Priya Nath had telephoned him a day before from Rhode Island about Shri Nathji’s proposed visit to New York City, and given him the address of the hotel where he would be staying with Shri Nathji. Mr. Mandel was delighted to meet Shri Nathji and embraced him again and again. It was as if he had found a long lost friend. "I was going to come over tomorrow morning," he said, "but I was passing by so close that I decided to drop in and say hello! On the way I purchased these vegetarian sandwiches for you. I trust you will like them!" Just a while before Shri Nathji had wished for sandwiches!
A sandwich is a food item, consisting of two or more slices of bread with one or more fillings between them, Sandwiches are a widely popular type of lunch food, typically taken to work, school, or picnics to be eaten as part of a packed lunch. They generally contain a combination of salad vegetables, meat, cheese, and a variety of sauces or savory spreads. The bread can be used as it is, or it can be coated with any condiments to enhance flavor and texture. They are widely sold in restaurants and cafes.
The modern sandwich is named after Lord Sandwich. (whose photograph is given) John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, (13 November 1718 – 30 April 1792) was a British statesman who during his life held various military and political offices, including Postmaster General, First Lord of the Admiralty and Secretary of State for the Northern Department, but is best known as the eponymous inventor of the sandwich.
A contemporary travel book called Tour to London by Pierre Jean Grosley formed the popular idea that this preperation sustained Lord Sandwich at the gambling table.  It is said that Lord Sandwich was fond of this form of food because it allowed him to continue playing cards, particularly cribbage, while eating without getting his cards greasy from eating meat with his bare hands. Initially perceived as food men shared while gaming and drinking at night, the sandwich slowly began appearing in polite society as a late-night meal among the aristocracy. The sandwich's popularity in Spain and England increased dramatically during the 19th century, when the rise of an industrial society and the working classes made fast, portable, and inexpensive meals essential. It was at the same time that the sandwich finally began to appear outside of Europe. In the United States, the sandwich was first promoted as an elaborate meal at supper. By the early 20th century, as bread became a staple of the American diet, the sandwich became the same kind of popular, quick meal as was already widespread in the Mediterranean.
When the British first introduced the sandwich in India, the Indians called them double roti. This term has today become the broad term for all type of leavened bread even not put in a sandwich arrangement.

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