Monday, April 09, 2007

Drinking Mecca Cola in Hyderabad

Hyderabad Visit-II

I heard about Mecca Cola, the alternative to US-based cola companies, a few years back but it was not until recently that I had the chance to sip it. In Hyderabad, it was easily available unlike in North India.

On a shop near Char Minar, I saw the advertisement of Mecca Cola. I went in and found crates full of the 'Islamic soft drink'.

Though it was December and there was a slight chill in the air but the anti-imperialistic feelings prevailed upon me. And soon I was sipping the rival to Coke and Pepsi as my amused relatives waited for me to finish the bottle and get home. I got somebody take a few pictures well.

Wasn't Hyderabad a right place to sip the Middle-Eastern cola for the first time? It wasn't bad either in taste, just like another soft drink. Frankly, I am not too passionately anti-American, blogging daily on US-based Google's blogger and often drinking Coke despite many friends urging me not to drink it as its 'earnings go to Israel and Jews'.

Of course, the entrepreneurship of Tawfiq Mathlouthi who launched the drink is surely laudable. Meanwhile, I am told that part of the earnings of Mecca Cola go to the cause of Palestine. A friend of mine wanted to know how could he get an agency for it as the soft drink may sell in Muslim dominated areas. I have no clues. They have a website here. So you can check it out.