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The momo story on the streets of Gurgaon
''My day starts sharp at eight in the morning in Gurgaon as making 1500 momos per day single handedly is no mean feat,'' smiles Durga Thapa. He stands out in the Gurgaon Sector 23 market with spike hair, studs in his ears, and heavily tattooed hand. Although, his green check shirt looks tattered and the grey undershirt is a bit frayed at the edges, yet he can pass off as a person, who likes to keep at the better side of fashion. Gurgaon is dotted with many people like Thapa, who have come down from Nepal to earn a living and has discovered that momos are something, which Gurgaon love and absolutely cannot live without.

When I asked as to why he came from Nepal to run a momo stall, giving a lopsided smile, he said, ''Why does anyone come down to work somewhere else- of course, to work and for better opportunities. I have been in India since 2007 and I have worked in various other businesses, but momos have paid off really well.'' The migration from Darjeeling and Nepal happened, quite some time back when Gorkhaland and Maoist agitation shook these people to look for a better and peaceful life in other places and India was an easy option.

Thapa works for Suresh Singh, who rents a small stall for 12000 rupees per month. Coming from Utttrakhand, he says he is yet to make calculations for his profit margins but he feels that the people of Gurgaon loves their momos. Selling 30 rupees a plate of vegetarian momo and 40 rupees a plate of non vegetarian momo, he is content for the time being about the way things are shaping up for his momo stall.

''Since Navratri is going on, sales is low but it takes an upward slide, specially in the winter,'' explains Thapa. When asked a customer said, '' I love momos in the winter or summer as it is filling and steamed. The sauce hits your palate and complements the momos.'' Ashim Sunam from Darjeeling, for whom momos are a lifeline says, '' It requires a lot of hard work and a lot of co-ordinated effort to make momos. It does looks easy, but it is not.''

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