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A British Professor Dared To Call Idli ‘Boring’, Shashi Tharoor Grilled Him Poorly

Food can be a great uniter or divider. And nothing can calm down Indians who are hurt because someone called their food ‘boring’. Netizens trolled a British professor after he called idli one of the most boring things in the world.

It all began when the food delivery company Zomato asked a question on Twitter. It asked, “what’s that one dish you could never understand why people like soo much”

Edward Anderson, a United Kingdom-based Professor of History and expert in India-Britain studies, tweeted saying, “Idli are the most boring things in the world.”

Anderson’s response to this provoked the Indian food lovers so much that Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s son Ishaan wrote, “I think I’ve encountered the most offensive take on Twitter.”

Responding to his son’s tweet on the same matter, Tharoor senior said, “Yes, my son, there are some who are truly challenged in this world. Civilisation is hard to acquire: the taste & refinement to appreciate idlis, enjoy cricket, or watch ottamthullal is not given to every mortal. Take pity on this poor man, for he may never know what life can be.”

Baffled by the agitated response of Twitteratis, Andreason’s view on idli remained the same, but his reaction to South Indian food mellowed down a bit as he further tweeted, “Before the whole of south India attacks me, can I just say that I love dosa and appam and basically all south Indian food. But idli (and puttu for that matter) are insufferable.”

He added, “Wow. I now know to criticise South Indian food at my peril! The idli defenders appear to be a seriously passionate bunch. But will my in-laws in Kerala forgive me??”

Sadly all this back and forth had little to no effect on Mr. Edward Anderson, who later tweeted, “Having accidentally enraged the entirety of South India (and its omnipresent diaspora) on twitter, it was only right to order idlis for lunch. I’m very sorry to report that my unpopular – or “blasphemous”, as some have said – opinion remains unchanged. #sorrynotsorry”, leaving us all a little frustrated.


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