Sunday, July 22, 2007

Sir, ordinary or mineral water?

A standard question asked at most restaurants in India is this. Fair question considering that the margin in bottled water is a nice one to add to the margins that exist on the food.

But this question goes to those who ask and answer it.

Are you telling me, that the water that you serve in your establishment is not potable? I am sure you dont cook your food in mineral water? Or is it just scare mongering?

And for those who happily tell them, bottled water, how do you ensure that the water in those juices, salads, other food items is bottled? Out of sight is out of mind? I know, like most people you believe that food has boiled water and hence it is safe, but therein lies an assumption...

6 comments:

Beena said...

funny but true!!

this choice is like u want be shot to death or hanged to death. the result isnt much different
bs

Neelakantan said...

And many people go through a logical thinking process to arrive at that...

Bruno said...

What is the fun in drinking Mineral Water and also a juice made up of Normal Water

ggop said...

Neelakantan,
Very valid concerns. IIRC few doctors advise American tourists to avoid raw salads (consume nothing which is not completely cooked) in places like India for this reason.

Ditto for drinks - unless the water source is decent, they tell you to stick with bottled sodas or hot tea.
gg

Niket said...

The cooking process (especially in India where food is cooked until it gets mushy and then some more) is expected to kill the bacteria.

bachodi said...

They cook in ordinary water, Its just to make the customer comfortable they serve bottled water.
I also read these mineral water are no better than tap water , but for their price