The residents of Mysore, especially in the neighborhoods of Bannimantap and Rajeev Nagar are now familiar with a big truck parked on the roadside near JSS Dental College with shining lights and people surrounding it eating costly food. But wait a minute! Costly food in a big truck? Well, it seems to be costly as the big truck sells fresh American-Mexican food but that’s not really expensive. “A Mysorean can now fill his stomach with some classy food for just Rs.” 80 On an average, “ said Syed Manju while speaking about his big boy” Tindipotha. “
Syed Manju previously held the position of an Area Manager handling Public Relations and Marketing for 28 years in Costco, USA, the Number 3 retailer in the world which directly competes with Walmart, before heading towards Mysore to come up with his dream boy. “I had a passion towards cooking due to which I quit the job and came to Mysore with an interest in doing something unique, something which never existed here. That’s when Tindipotha was born,” commented Syed Manju while speaking about how it all started. The ecstatic and energetic Syed Manju keeps traveling back and forth between Mysore and Bellingham (90 miles north of Seattle in the United States) where his wife (Diane Houston), little girl Zara (16) and a little boy Iyan (14) lives.
Originally born in Channapatna and brought up in Mandya, Syed Manju is a self-made man. He studied B.Sc and Diploma in Film Acting. He soon landed into Kannada Film Industry during his late 20s by directing films like Neenakkaga and Kanoonige Sawaal after which he traveled to USA for a trip to stay with his brothers and sisters for a while. Manju said, “Do not ask me how, but I got my green card over there” with a wink and also added, “I never wanted to be there forever. fate made me stay there, “ with a sweet smile. The last film produced by Manju was Appaji starring late Dr. Vishnuvardhan in the lead role released in 1996.
Coming back to Tindipotha, it all started rough a year ago when Syed Manju and his brother Rafi Manju bought an old truck and got it rebuilt in Mandya to bring the new fancy boy to the streets of Mysore. “I was scared in the beginning. It was something new, something which the Mysoreans never experienced before. easy for us in the beginning. But we did it and still doing it .
Tindipotha has recently transformed itself from being just a food truck into a youth junction where we can find college going kids spending their cool evenings eating the sizzling new dishes like Nachos, Chicken Melt, Roti Lapat, Gilli Chicken, Turpi Chicken, Rollito, Apple Dream , Lava Pie, and many more summing up to over twenty different types of food.
“My brother Rafi Manju manages the front end and cash while my nephew Syed Umair Manju is our grill master. Siddique and Atiq have been newly added to the crew and are learning routes. Tausif, Siddique and Atiq are all family friends. We are all family and its a family business. , “ said Syed Manju while introducing the team of Tindipotha.
People love the food. We had an interactive session with some regular customers of Tindipotha who expressed their hearts out. Bashar and Abdur Razzak, who stay in Bannimantap said, “This is really nice. It’s different from what we find elsewhere. asked to express how they feel about Tindipotha. Areb and his friends Mohammed Fahad and Rakshad, who come all the way from Bangalore just to eat at Tindipotha, said that they still have not yet gotten over the taste of Chicken Melt. The trio commented, “Its been a year and we still come here to eat the same thing,” with a laugh. Dental students Alley and Ahmad, who are from Iran visit Tindipotha atleast twice a week and mentioned that they love the tasty food and also the hospitality given to them by Syed Manju and his crew.
While speaking about the unpredictability of such food business in a city like Mysore, Syed Manju said, “Usually weekends are the busiest days for us, yet we can never predict. I tell them to close their eyes and put their finger on the menu and we will serve it. If they do not like the food, let them not pay us but if they like it, they need to pay us double. “ He also added, “We are different from other eating places in the city saying that we smile at our customers which we can never find in any other hotels in Mysore. the food is also custom-made for every single customer according to his likes and dislikes and we keep changing the taste one plate at a time. “
Tindipotha is for sure a place to be cherished and one of its kind in Mysore. It’s both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food truck with some tasty healthy and classy American-Mexican food at low prices. Do you want to try some different custom-made food? Just head towards Tindipotha in Bannimantap near JSS Dental College between 7 pm and 11 pm any day! For more details, type in TINDIPOTHA in Facebook and you will get the fan page.