There are soup kitchens all across the world providing meals for the needy. The one in Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is typical of many and run by the Sikh religious community. Everyone can eat here for free, regardless of gender, race, caste or social status.
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib – a magnificent structure crowned by a golden dome – is the most famous Sikh temple in Delhi. The entrance to the kitchen is located in the left wing of the main building. It is here that I find Mr Sevadaar, the head chef, and Mr Harjee, one of the temple’s managers, waiting for me. We’d made arrangements to meet via Facebook.
When you enter the temple’s kitchen, or langar, for the first time, you’re overwhelmed by the sheer size of the room, and the array of pots and pans. It’s filled with the smells of food and the din of music. Although dozens of people work here – most of them volunteers – there’s not a trace of chaos.