1990s: The decade of junk food and cola wars
From the burgeoning fast food revolution to the birth of Western-style stand-alone restaurants, eating out in India slowly transformed from home-grown hakka to the world on a plate
It is a few hours before midnight and I am at the colonial-era Tollygunge Club in Calcutta, as Kolkata was then called, at an end-of-the-year gala. The date is 31 December 1999 and this is a party like no other—in a few hours, the world will purportedly end. As doomsday prophets hold vigil in the run-up to the Y2K apocalypse, my lasting memory of that night is of hot chocolate fudge.