Sparkling stainless, at a South Indian restaurant

A kitchen counter at a small, but popular South Indian restaurant in the city. It’s so popular, the place draws more than a thousand people every day. The food is tasty, the rates are comfortable and it’s open from six thirty in the morning, till a convenient hour in the evening.

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But what’s that rag doing in the picture?

That rag must have been bright yellow when it was bought. Now it’s dirty brown in colour, because of one good reason – it’s dirty. And you’d be pleased to know that it is used to wipe the plates dry after they’ve been washed or rinsed. After the plates are washed I would assume they’d be clean; after they’re wiped dry with this rag, they’d be something that needs to go under the microscope.  

The reason I’ve done this post, is to get readers to be a little more watchful and observant. The waiter who saw me taking the picture didn’t see anything wrong with the dirty rag – so where do we begin the awareness story?

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Sharath Bhat is a freelance advertising writer based in Bangalore. He blogs at

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