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Roasted peanuts attract French tourists

D. Radhakrishnan
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Roadside attraction: French tourists with a peanut vendor in Udhagamandalam on Saturday. — Photo: D. Radhakrishnan
Roadside attraction: French tourists with a peanut vendor in Udhagamandalam on Saturday. — Photo: D. Radhakrishnan

In addition to the popular tourist spots in this hill station and its unique features, a group of tourists from France found something else to talk about when they return.

While moving towards the Government Botanical Garden the 11-member group comprising retired men and women was attracted to a vendor of roasted peanuts.

Intrigued and excited at the manner in which the vendor was roasting peanuts in hot sand the members stopped for quite sometime to observe the technique and pick up a couple of packets of hot peanuts.

For his part the vendor P.S. Gopalakrishnan, a native of Thrissur, who has been vending peanuts in a pushcart at the same spot for the past about 46 years obliged the tourists by familiarising them with his style of roasting peanuts.

Pointing out that they were tasting peanuts roasted in such a manner for the first time, one of the tourists Hamard of Nantes told The Hindu that it was not only very tasty but also very low priced. Mr. Gopalakrishnan said that though often tourists stop to see him roasting peanuts, it was for the first time a group of foreigners had evinced so much interest. He added that since they were tourists he had gone out of the way to make their experience memorable.

Intrigued and excited at the manner in which a vendor was roasting peanuts in hot sand the members stopped for quite sometime to observe the technique

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