Monday, 18 April 2016 11:15

Waiting for the meal

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  • Country: India
  • City: Amritsar
  • Year: 2015
  • Author: Luca Fecarotta

At the Golden Temple, as already mentioned in previous pictures, are served 100,000 meals a day, 500 every 10 minutes, pretty much 24 hours every day... all absolutely free. On weekends, when visitors increase considerably, the meals served can reach up to 200,000.

The crowd, especially during rush hours, is impressive and the two huge rooms with a capacity total of more or less 500 people, are not enough to handle the huge flow of hungry people. Once finished your meal and left the mess hall, there will be a large crowd sitting to wait is own turn, right outside the door. Crowd held back by the controllers on duty, that work to stop them behind a certain limit avoiding chaos. I often found myself in this hungry crowd, sitting on the floor with my plate and cutlery, waiting for about ten minutes.. and practically all cramped and close to each other, a human carpet where there is almost not even more room to walk.

The atmosphere however is always cheerful and people joke and have fun, but always aware if the stop is removed, ready for a sprint to the mess hall through a small door. You have to take the best seats, and for this you have to push and struggle a little.

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