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12:00 AM, July 21, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, July 21, 2020

Secret Surprise by The Food Talk

Social media has always played a vital role in developing effective means of communication and is a great source of networking among the netizens of Dhaka. Under the current circumstances, the activities in social media platforms have become livelier and abuzz with a host of food groups introduced recently.

The Food Talk is one such Facebook group that is dedicated to epicures, which provides them a platform to review food, post recipes, share cooking tips and tricks, and review restaurants among many other things it facilitates.

The Food Talk just turned six and was initiated in 2014, by Taskin Rahman, founder of The Food Talk and the group has successfully maintained its edge among the myriad food groups consisting food connoisseurs, restaurateurs, amateur chefs, and home cooks alike within a strictly limited number.

The group also held several meetups and very recently, The Food Talk conducted a fun social experiment to celebrate its birthday and success, which was termed as "Secret Surprise."

The idea of this initiative was to send food and good vibes to a stranger within the Facebook group. Interested contributors were requested to sign up for this via Google Forms and the response was overwhelming. Within one day prior to the distribution of food, over a hundred people signed up.

Interested participants were arbitrarily connected through safe exchange of addresses within the areas of Gulshan, Banani, Uttara, Bashundhara, and all DOHS. Friday, 10 July, 2020, was the day of action where expectant participants sent and received food from the people they were assigned respectively.

People exchanged all sorts of food, whether it was homemade or store bought, and not one person who was expecting a parcel was left disheartened. Taskin was in charge of assigning the names of senders and receivers, while the arrangement of delivery and maintenance of utmost hygiene and sanitation was left upon the contributors, which they adhered to perfectly.

It was extraordinary to see people take the effort to accompany their parcels with kind notes and gestures, along with well wishes for the receiver and their families. This was truly a one-of-a-kind interchange among the epicures of Dhaka. 

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