Don't let the new e-commerce rules ruin innovation
SummarySmall internet outlets have flourished lately but may find their operations bogged down by compliance lists
For me, one of the bright spots of the utterly miserable past year-and-a-half has been the spontaneous proliferation of home cooks in Bangalore. All of a sudden, almost out of nowhere, a wide variety of dining options have become available. Every fortnight, I can choose from a range of exotic sausages and cold cuts that Bala makes himself and shares by word of mouth. Roughly thrice a week, Rohan sends out a WhatsApp alert telling me what pies and quiches he plans to make in a couple of days so I can choose what I want. Every weekend, Ulo spins up a batch of artisanal ice-creams that sell out so quickly that it is fastest-finger-first every week. And when I am in the mood for something fermented, I look no further than Local Ferment Company, which sends me everything from kombucha to a selection of dry-aged cheeses.