In the last week news articles stated that business majors have approached MTR (Mavalli Tiffin Rooms). As far as Saturdays' Praja Vani is concerned, an MNC also, has offered to buy the company.
It's disturbing. I've been visiting the place regularly from the past ten years or so, courtsey father. Father has been an old-timer at MTR, sinec i don't know ehen. He visits the place, every morning, after having strolled in Lalbagh. The waiters there, treat him with a pleasant smile. I, too have spoken to them many a time, after being duly introduced as his daughter.
'Yenamma, raje naa?'........ 'Eega yaava class nalli odtidya?.......' Yen vishaya, sir, ivattina suddi yenu?'.......' Sir, nimage antha sambar ittidini, yeradu cup ide'....'Nimage benne bekaa?'
Thus goes the conversation, an everyday feature. We've been privileged at times, when the tea carries less of sugar, when father recieves butter for the rava idly. I've never seen others' being offered butter, even known faces don't get it! The manager walks upto him, picks up the newspaper, discussing about the day's news.
Namma MTR, was started recently. It churns some of the best grilled sandwiches, souffles' and mousses' that i've tasted. Though i've not paid visits to other branches, the one on Lalbagh Road is awesome. Was i shocked, when i read articles, stating that MTR's had huge offers for the brand it has become. It's disheartening to even sight upon such an article, for somebody who has seen the brand rise through many years. A company which caters to the Indian diaspora, have state-of-the-art technology (with help from the DRDO), comes up with a new product, every year. And most importantly, these products are in huge demand. I wouldn't want to eat bisi bele bath, without the addition of MTR's bisi bele bath powder.
My sister said, 'Please, request them not to be allowed to be bought!! We survive on it's products!!' The next time, i pay a visit to this place, i will definately request them.
The CEO mentioned, that since the brand's doing so well, he obviously would not want to sell it. I have my fingers crossed!