A controversy is going on about Maggi containing more than the permitted quantity of MSG .This worries me also a bit. I remember, when Maggi 2 minute noodles hit the Indian market in late seventies or early eighties amid wide publicity and advertisement in all types of media, it became a hot favourite with the urban moms. Here was an easy way to satisfy the hunger of infants and growing up school children , especially when they came back from school crying hunger. With no child in our family at that point of time, packets of Maggi were brought with great fanfare to see what it tasted like. No one liked it , my mother particularly rejecting it for having जैलणु (worm) like appearance.
Later, when I was posted at Pooh, in the tribal district of Kinnaur in 1986.I saw packets and packets of Maggi , prominently displayed in 3-4 shops there. With no halwai shop worth the name where one could indulge with occasional samosa or gulab jamun, or pakoras , Maggi was the only available choice by way of snacks.Surprisingly the initial aversion or hesitation turned to liking it , which persists to this day. My son, whenever comes home on leave, always asks , “Maggi hai na ghar mein ?”. And I set about to prepare it for him , the only thing I can prepare, besides tea. Hope Nestle does something about it to put the controversy to rest.