This week we learnt about Modi butai
Large-size imported sardines from Oman are the rage in the port city of Mangalore. For reasons unknown, except perhaps the link to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s famous 56-inch chest size, the imported sardines are called Modi butai in Tulu, the local language. Well, compared to the locally fished sardines, Modi butai are definitely big-sized—about 10 sardines to a kilo unlike 20-25 of the local ones, states a report. Unregulated over-fishing has led to lower and poorer catch locally, with several cargoes of Modi butai from Oman making its way to Mangalore via Gujarat for the first time this year. How tasty is the end product? We’ll reserve judgement.