Waking up to an appetising morning, picking up bag packs, taking up the road you haven't travelled earlier, grabbing the most captivating location and most delightful dish.
Travelling accompanied by delectable food is all you want. And that's what Himanshu Sehgal has built his life in. However, he does not travel alone to entertain himself and us but has a special someone without whom his trip would be incomplete and worthless. It's his YELLOW PLATE. Yes, a plate colored yellow. Needless to say, Himanshu was gifted to the world of food bloggers because of his 'unintentionally involved' Yellow Plate.
Actually, the significance of his My Yellow Plate was not a deliberate one. He had never planned to pick up a yellow plate and go on food hunting. But it was when he found an unused yellow plate in his kitchen, he started eating on it which made him realise that it could be a perfect contributor as well as a part of his travel adventures. This ignited his thought of carrying the yellow plate along with him wherever he goes on to uncover new places to visit and new places to eat. That's how the yellow plate transformed into 'His Yellow Plate'.
Adding onto this, Himanshu told WittyFeed, "No one knows where it came from... it has been there in my house! I loved the colour and enjoyed eating in it."
A Delhi-based computer science engineer who worked with various brands as a digital marketing consultant. It was back in 2015 when he decided to quit his two-year job so that he could pursue what he wanted -- earn and travel side by side which led him to start freelancing and kickstart his food journey.
In conversation with WittyFeed, Himanshu shared that Delhi has plenty of food bloggers but he has never come across anyone who is genuinely dedicated and focussed towards exploring places along with food.
He says, this whole observation and idea gave him the roadmap to pick up his Yellow Plate and disinter places and what could be a better place than Delhi to start with.
The Delhi Munda credited his Mother India for making him a foodie since childhood for she has served him with delicious food all his life. Therefore, not being attracted by any perks or pleasures of this stream, he just happened to become a food blogger out of his love for food as well as travel.
When I asked Himanshu to tell something about his Yellow Plate... he was very firm on stating, "it's not just about the pictures."
He has an uncorrupted and common love for food which is accompanied by his ability to go beyond the conventional.
And when he has his Yellow Plate with him, the taste just magnifies.
His whole idea started as an Instagram account but has now turned into a website which will provide you with a lot of scrumptious blogs.
Not just that, in service for food lovers he also runs a YouTube Channel called Himanshu Sehgal which demonstrates all about his travel experiences. If you love to travel, this channel will be a treat for you.
Himanshu said that he generally look out for places that are locals' favourite and dishes that are the speciality of that area. Something which bears an interesting story behind its evolution or places which are decades old and have the power of pulling him the most.
I asked him, "Do you ask them to serve you in the Yellow Plate initially or you sometimes have to transfer the food onto your Yellow Plate after it's served?"
To which he replied, "Sometimes I ask them, and sometimes I have to take it and transfer on my yellow plate. It depends on how busy and how welcoming the place is."
He also received weird looks from the waiters initially and a strict NO from the managers since they weren't allowed to get the customers their own plate.
But however, it's totally different now! One of his friends also supported his MYP project by serving everything on yellow plates when he opened his cafe.
I mean does he carry more than one plate? But he said that he carries only one and he's super careful about it... even more than his gadgets.
And the Yellow Plate is made of Plastic, so there are fewer chances of breaking.
However, he shared his experience when he was at Pizza Hut and the staff lost it. After not being able to find it for an hour, Himanshu freaked out! But eventually and luckily, it was later found in the kitchen.
Yes, it's difficult to balance the plate and click at the same time. Plus, this should be assisted with perfect lightings in order to get an exemplary click.
It sometimes even takes 20 to 30 shots just to be able to capture a good picture.
Despite being expensive, Himanshu doesn't stop from travelling.
Currently occupied with the India Tour, he might be busy with this project for the next few months. Planning to focus on executing right, Himanshu hasn't thought of targeting other countries as for now. But yes, if given an opportunity, he will surely love to take his Yellow Plate across the seas.
Working upon adding innovation to the existing approach, he plans to embark on the India Tour across all 29 states. Covering food, people and stories behind them, the journey will be featured on Vlogs, regular posts and a final After Movie.
"I have also been working on getting permission from the Indian Army to visit Siachen Base Camp (World's highest battlefield). This is a part of the INDIA tour plan and the starting point of the journey. The vision is to show the life of a soldier in Siachen through a Yellow Plate. This is going to be the most epic adventure of My Yellow Plate journey so far."
The Yellow Plate gave an identity to Himanshu which is different from other food bloggers. Documenting not just new places in the country but also what to eat while visiting those places, Himanshu showcases the rich culinary of India.
In a tribute to his Yellow Plate, he says, "The project, My Yellow Plate, is an ode to that humble plate."