The Bell of Mumbai. If you’re into the joys of eating fast food abroad, look for Taco Bell next time you’re in Mumbai. Mumbai Boss reviews Taco Bell and describes an Indian variation on the burrito, a kathitto. [h/t Aarti Virani]
The sole Indian invention, the kathitto (Rs95 with fajita grilled chicken), switches out the tortilla for a paratha, and goes a little heavier on the sweeter flavours in the Mexican fillings. …It’s a play to its Indian audiences, for whom that wonderful mashed-up cuisine of Tex Mex is very much a Guju creation. [Mumbai Boss]
No Pakistanis allowed at Islamabad’s La Maison. Even though his entire staff is Pakistani, Philippe Lafforgue’s French restaurant La Maison in Islamabad, Pakistan, is not taking any reservations from Pakistanis, and he’s checking passports to make sure. He’s come to the attention of police (a Pakistani police superintendent’s reservation was rejected) who have charged him with “unlicensed alcohol.”
“It’s not a discrimination thing. It’s a culturally sensitive thing. How can I serve pork and booze to Pakistanis without getting into trouble? So I have a rule: no locals getting in.” — Lafforgue [NBC World News]
“We’re coming for ya.” Family Guy staff writer and comic Deepak Sethi was performing stand-up in Las Vegas when he asked if anyone was a veteran. An audience member replied, calling out “we’re coming for ya.” Watch the video to see how Sethi responds (he says he had been about to thank vets for “protecting me from people who look like me” when the vet called out). Read his Reddit comment on meeting the vet and his “super embarrassed” wife backstage after the show. [Gawker, Reddit]
Coming home in coffins. Hundreds of Nepalis leave home daily to work in Persian Gulf states. A half-dozen return home dead weekly. Anup Kaphle reports on the death of one Nepali woman Pramila Dangol, 38, who left an abusive marriage for work in Kuwait and came back home in a coffin.
When her aunt told her about the dangers and abuses migrant workers faced in the gulf, she remembers Dangol responding, “I’m getting beaten up here, and I’ll get beaten up there, so it really doesn’t matter.” [Washington Post]
This is rain music. Alpha Singh hasn’t just been tackling his first year at college lately. He’s also been working on his first EP, The Rain, released today. It “attempts to perhaps describe the smell of rain through the juxtaposition of 90s soft tempo production and bars upon bars of fire.” It might even be music to listen to while making yourself a cup of chai. [DatPiff]