HYDERABAD: Nothing can beat homemade food, especially when you’re away from home and access to your mother’s delicacies is rare.
As much as you take the liberty to impose your presence at your friends’ homes every other day, on some days, you know you’d rather not or wish you could pitch in somehow. Well, what if you could have a homemade meal with the trimmings of being a guest per se, pay for it and even meet new people while you’re at it?
That was the idea behind Gopi Krishna Kishore Byluppala’s Feazt that was started this year in March.
The idea is slowly picking up with more and more people joining in. Once a host is decided (usually volunteered), the menu is put up on the website and those interested can sign up.
“During our childhood days, my family used to meet for a number of get togethers. Coming from a joint family, I have always cherished this experience. However, as we grew up, this form of socialisation started fading away. People became totally engrossed with their hectic schedule, leaving no space for socialisation. I miss those gatherings and in order to revive this culture, I started Feazt,” explains the software engineer.
Kishore hosted his first event in March with 10 ‘guests’ who were served mutton biryani, chicken and vegetable dishes. The guests were given a homely environment and were charged a bare minimum of `125 per person.
The interesting feature of this initiative is that anybody can become a host. All you need to do is coordinate with Krishna. Hosts also have the privilege of choosing their guests. They also have the freedom to choose the number of guests for the event. It has been around the number 10 for now for simple logistics, and the menu has mostly been South Indian delicacies. However, Krishna is planning to expand the idea and bring in a variety.
“These days, people have moved away from social gatherings. This has inspired me all the more towards this initiative. There is no one who is offering this service in the city so far. I wanted to bring people back from their computers to a dinning table that encompasses the real joy of a meal,” says Krishna.
Given that anyone can choose to host, geographical convenience is one logistical issue. However, with their slots filling up fast enough, it goes to show that Krishna isn’t the only one craving a family-esque dinner environment.