I have already written about the entire Haleem making process in Pista House Hyderabad and you can refer to that here. This is not about the Haleem but the story of the people behind it and how I captured it in my camera.
Contrary to popular belief, any kitchen (unlike the ones which they show in cookery show or in the movies), it is not a very comfortable place to stay for long. Industrial kitchens are worse with high temperatures, flames, small space in between the stations, making it tough to move around.
Pista House, is the baap of Industrial kitchen. One cannot expect the exact hygiene norms to be followed as one would expect in a 5 star kitchen but that’s what perhaps prompted me to click these pics.
A little about the process – Most of the workers (200 in numbers) would come to work around 3/ 3.30 in the morning and end their day around 5. They also have their Ramazan and they maintain the fast. It gets tough to cook food when you are fasting. Yet, on a daily basis, they churn 2000 to 4000 kg of haleem.
The smoke coming out of the drums of haleem kept on oven, the colourful storage container or the yellow cap with Pista House branding were all worth capturing and documenting through the camera.
Leaving you with some of the best images from the visit. Let me know your opinion about it? As I release this post its Eid today, and this is a humble tribute to those 200 silent workers in Pista House, some of whom I have met and also to innumerable unknown faces who work relentlessly in this month, fasting making Haleem for the fast breaking of others or for sheer eating pleasure of others.
Let me know your opinion about the pictures