Recently, in an interview with The Hindu, Tamil Nadu filmmaker Parthiban took a bit of a trip down memory lane. During the course of the piece, during which he relived his childhood days Parthiban talked about his love for upma; commenting at the end of the interview that upma should be made the national dish.
If you read the interview, you can clearly see that this comment is made in reference to upma sustaining him through tougher times in his career. However, we all know just how much we Indians love to create controversy out of nothing and soon it became a heated topic of debate on Twitter.
Undoubtedly, many people saw the ‘controversial’ headline and couldn’t help but offer their expert opinion without reading the article. Unfortunately, this resulted in some serious upma bashing (I don’t know why, I think it’s delicious, but that must be my inner South Indian coming out).
What is the opposite of upma?
A tasty breakfast.
— YourAbnormalTwin (@Ashl3shaTweets) 20 June 2017
Upma sucks. Please don’t make it our national dish. I propose one of these:
— Sapan Verma (@sapanv) 20 June 2017
These two tweets were just downright hilarious.
Upma is just rava idli that didn’t go to MBA school.
— Lord Morningwood (@dangertoon) 20 June 2017
Our national dish should be Peacock tears.
— Ivan Mehta (@IndianIdle) 20 June 2017
While it’s heartening to see that our citizens really care about our national dish (not like there are more pressing matters that require our attention), to be honest, we don’t need a national dish, just like we don’t have one national language. One of the most amazing things about India is its diversity (or at least that’s what we tell ourselves).
At least we got this truly cringeworthy pun out of it.
What’s the opposite of upma?
— Err (@Errendous) 20 June 2017
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