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Vada pav is synonymous with my childhood: Manish Paul

Manish Paul

By HT

Mumbai, Dec. 8 -- Actor Manish Paul is known for hosting TV reality shows such as Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa and India's Got Talent, and also made his foray into Bollywood in 2013, with the rom-com, Mickey Virus.

Not known to many perhaps, Manish is also a self-confessed foodie. He blames it all on his lineage, saying, "As a Punjabi, food is all that we talk about in my house. If I weren't an actor, I shudder to think what my weight would be."

Ask Manish to elaborate on his fixation with food, and he says, "During my growing-up days in Delhi, I was a big fan of the samosas and the chhole bhature that you get in every nook and corner of the city. The taste cannot be replicated anywhere. But the vada pav, pav bhaji and sev puri that you get in Mumbai aren't available anywhere else. So both cities have their own highlights."

Manish adds that the highlight of his childhood vacations to Mumbai was gorging on the vada pav. He says, "I remember, as a child, we used to come to Mumbai every summer. My mother was born and brought up here. And I don't remember a single day when we wouldn't have a vada pav. It is synonymous with many of my childhood memories.

Moreover, after returning to Delhi post our holidays, our vada pav outings was our favourite topic of discussion with our relatives and friends." Ask him about his favourite vada pav joint in the city, and Manish replies, "All my childhood vacations were spent in Chembur. Even when I shifted to Mumbai, I stayed there before relocating to the western suburbs. According to me, Bhatt Vada Pav in Chembur has the best vada pavs I have ever eaten."