The GCIRC R&D squad have moved on from the minor trivia of trying to work out the rail schedule, we’ve sent that conundrum off to Deep Thought for some thorough testing. The current hot topic is food. In view of the splendid variety of circular starch based supplements on offer to the hungry traveler, “The Great Circular Indian Bread Challenge” has been announced as a sub-contest for the subcontinent. The concept is to eat as many different kinds of bread as you can manage in the 2 weeks, plus an award for the best bread of the trip, though I suspect that will go to the one with the nearest oven with the bread still deflating as it hits your plate. We’ve so far listed about 16 basic bread types, with over 100 sub types. I am awaiting the list of 44 different basic dosa types it is claimed exist, which we will be attempting to devour on our 12 hour stop in Chennai, regional capital of the Masala Dosa. I know dosas are made of rice before you start getting technical on me, but we’ll probably be sick of the sight of bhakri, chapatti, dhirde, gulachi poli, luchi , naan, paani puri, phulka, pooranpoli, puri , radha pollobi, sheerma, thalipeeth, thepla, all kinds or roti, even more of paratha, and countless kachori by the time we hit Madras, and so a dosa fest will make a convenient change. Many of the breads we’ve listed arent made of wheat flour anyway.
We’ve also located a number of circular eateries, including a revolving restaurant in Jammu Tawi that looks like it was designed by Gerry Anderson, and this splendid circular coffee house in Trivandrum. We’ll certainly be taking tiffin in the coffee house. We’ll need a security briefing before we make any decisions about Jammu.
I’ll be compiling the research team’s findings into sub pages to the Route section of the site once we have sufficient data. We have agents in the field as I write who are assessing Gujarat and we hope to have the whole gastronomic route reconnoitered by end of Q1 2010.
The party now stands at 15, including several real life engine drivers!, and I am expecting the league of Indian computer programmers to start filling up seats before long.