A little bit about me

My name is Dhruv Shanker. I am a qualified chef and am popularly known as the Mad Onion Slicer.

I started my career with the Taj group of hotels and then moved on to a job with Club Mahindra Holidays. The job with Club Mahindra took me to quite a few scenic locations in India such as Munnar, mind Goa, hemorrhoids Binsar etc. I had a blast! Had a pet elephant in Munnar, got tattooed in Goa and got chased by a tiger in Binsar.

I left the hotel industry about a year later and got sucked into the evil BPO vortex. I took up a job with the Dell Computer Corporation and sold computers, servers and software to customers, whether they wanted to buy them or not! I was pretty good at it and managed to have a good time there as well. I now work in e-commerce and continue to enjoy myself day in and day out.

I am serious about having a sense of humor. In my opinion it is the most important thing that an individual needs for survival. You may disagree, but don’t bother telling me. I’ll probably find it funny.

I believe that the greatest invention till date is the television. A true TV buff, I somehow find time to watch almost everything on the tube. I plan to make a show one day titled ‘Saas Bahu Banne Wali Hai’. Don’t ask me why. Just grab some tissues and watch.

My hobbies include climbing into my neighbor’s balcony to watch TV, waking up watchmen who sleep on night duty, borrowing traffic cones and sign boards without permission and planting fireworks under auto-rickshaws at night.

I am a huge fan of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) and own a large collection of media and a very old pair of old boxing gloves. I also play a lot of pool. I won the Hyderabad Sudden Death Pool tournament in 2002. (I also entered the tournament the following year but was eliminated in the first round unfortunately. I had unwisely chosen to play with my left hand that year.) The other sports I am proficient in are Gilli Danda and a wonderful sport known as Maaram Peeti.

My role model is a man who has set an example for the world. Seemingly impervious to pain and with a brain that works faster than lighting (Yes. Lighting.), Batman is a person who has had a great influence on my life. One of my greatest achievements till date has been playing my harmonica loudly till my neighbor gave up on the sitar. I have a kitten named Puddington A. Shanker. She knows how to play Ludo. I also keep fish. I was recently certified in planted aquarium set-ups and am a pompous authority on a fish called the Betta Splendens – better known as the Siamese fighter fish.

This blog started out as a restaurant review site in 2006, and soon became a mashup of jokes, half-decent recipes and some MMA commentary. Amazes me that people still read this. Anyway, there’s a lot more to write, but I think this sums me up rather well. Drop me an email if you want to know more.

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MAD ONION SLICING!

This is pretty much why I’m called the Mad Onion Slicer. This video is set to some very catchy Riverdance music, so I suggest you turn up the volume. It just might make you want to get up and tap dance. FYI, Tap dancing has nothing to do with faucets.

37 Comments Add yours

  1. Claude Bothello says:

    I can challenge any one to cook better than my wife in the Old Goan Way a Dish called sorpotel. We (my daughter and me) relish the dish in a manner that we both fight to clean the Handi. Of course my wife can cook a better Pork Vindalo but she cooks it in the Old Way by using an Earthen vessel and by using leaves and twigs from the Garden. It takes a lot of time but boss it is so delicious that even our neighbors drop in for a slice. She is the Best person I have ever known on this earth.

  2. Carol Fernandes says:

    I simply love your version of the Pork Vindloo. I’m a Goan but my mum was an anglo-indian from Secunderabad and Oh how I loved her cooking.

    Please Dhruv I would love some of your recipes.
    Thank you and God Bless you in the New Year 2014.
    Carol

  3. Denny George says:

    hehe.. just saw the video. what a ridiculous and cool skill to have 😀

    1. Denny George says:

      I meant ridiculous BUT cool skill 🙂

  4. June says:

    Quite cool. Enjoyed reading your bio. Your cat sounds like fun. I used to live with a fish freak once and we had loads of discus and a betta too. Was surprised to read the Takashi Amano part in your cv from the Nigerian scammer post. Well explained now 🙂

  5. I discovered your blog site on google and checked out a few of your earlier posts. Continue to keep up the work. I just added your RSS feed to my MSN News Reader. looking forward to reading more from you later on!

  6. Reema says:

    Why didnt I know you more before you left, beats me now. This is so god darn funny 😀 and my that’s fast. I wud be shite scared of chopping my fingers at that rate.

  7. Mandar says:

    What was the (same) clip from the other side in aid of? Left eyed people? 🙂

  8. Shuchita says:

    Dude u made my day!!! i so had the laugh of the day moment reading ur intro….i wud love to c the pics of the ludo playing cat ……sorry Ms.Puddington A Shankar….////there were such punchzzzzz///u rock//

  9. Manan says:

    Nice introduction, and the video was very impressive. You sliced onions so fast that it made my eyes water…

  10. Sagnik says:

    “My hobbies include climbing into my neighbor’s balcony to watch TV, waking up watchmen who sleep on night duty, borrowing traffic cones and sign boards and planting fireworks under auto-rickshaws at night” ———– THESE LINES WERE SIMPLY NOSTALGIC !! MADE MY DAY>>>>ROCK ON !! 🙂

  11. Shruti says:

    Hey Dhruv,
    Nice blog! I stumbled upon it while looking for a restaurant review… and I was intrigued to see how similar our backgrounds are! We both share a hotel / IT background, with a penchant for writing. Although my photoshop skills leave heaps to be desired! lol.
    Happy blogging!

  12. Valerie says:

    I never ever post but this time I will,Thanks alot for the great blog.

  13. Gobimanjuria says:

    Yayyyy.. I got a comment from the mad onion slicer. How cool is that. haha. I knew that gobimanjuria is a universal favorite. I was hunting for a name that sounds spicy, masaledar, is universally popular and of course, has my name in it. I tried vegmanjuria but cudnt get it as the untech-savvy me had once registerd for it and unbale to retrieve it. Well. So what is happening in the slicer’s world? Anyway u have lots of fans. I am jealousssss!

  14. Vivek says:

    Super cool buddy.. As always

  15. M. Bhikshapathy Raju says:

    Good stuff man. Wow, super, very good, congrats!

  16. Abhishek says:

    Simbllyyyyyyyyy Amazing

  17. Arpitha says:

    You write really well. Hilarious stuff…

  18. Aishwarya says:

    Awesome stuff da! You are one amazing person with so many talents! Appreciate it 🙂 ! Way to go man!

  19. Radhika says:

    Awesome ya!

  20. Vandini says:

    hey….keep it up man,lovely stuff,got tears in my eyes reading.

  21. Hello! Dhruv

    I am BILIGIRI RANGA, from Hyderabad, India and am writing an article for a Hyderabad based PRISM , a 10 year old mag, on Hyderabadi sense of humour which as u know is famous across the world. My article deals with whether this famous spirit still exists or has got withered away due to passage of time and modern stress.

    U can see my http://www.primetimeprism.com – Features link for earlier articles of mine)

    My article deals with whether the city folks who are world famous for their unique jokes, have lost their sense of humour or not.

    I am keen to have your views for the same and hope u would respond.

    Pls get in touch with me at my e mail id very soon today

    Waiting for your e mail reply on positive note

  22. Nags says:

    hahaha.. you write really well! yet to watch the video though, cuz am at work and can’t spare the time to really enjoy it (with music)

  23. Ms Taggart says:

    Good to see another Hyderabadi!
    Came here through the review on 100 Degrees… Apart from that place, I think I have eaten in all other restaurants in Hydie and now getting bored of those places too… So *Same pinch* 🙂

  24. Now this is a professional query. DO you slice other vegetables as well? How muh would charge for chopping and slicing a year’s supply of vegetables?
    Do revert back.
    And say hi to puddington A. Shanker
    🙂

  25. Hi there,
    I live in Australia. Just came across this site by accident. Bravo! I really love the video. Hilarious, and it certainly demonstrates a lot of skill with a knife. I’m very impressed. I better not let my husband see this. He’ll probably lose several fingers trying to emulate you the next time he’s preparing dinner.
    Love esther

  26. Anonymous says:

    He’s mine!!!!

  27. Smitha says:

    An exemplary intro…..meaning to say..it exemplifies you. Did a lol and reminded me of the time you got the waiter at lunch into guffaws with ‘these chicken must have been handicapped…where are all the legs?’

  28. Manisha says:

    Hey… Amazing intro! Love the way you cut your onions! Wish I could too! Mad Onion Slicer Jr… Love the sound of it! lol.. J/K

    Thanks for your feedback on 100 Degrees… Intended going there tonight. Know of any other place where u get good sizzlers?

    Cheers
    Manisha

  29. anil s says:

    Hi 🙂
    wow !
    Sure made me smile big enuff ta make mah ears entangle at the back of me head! Was fun reading !!
    Way ta go lad !! Keep it up !!

  30. manjari says:

    U seem to b a complete package of wit , humour , eloquent orator n writer n last bt nt d least …a commendable performer in whtevr u do !! Good goin Dhruv….!! All d best !!

    regards
    manjari 🙂

  31. Jeevan says:

    Great intro mate… keep it going

  32. Casey says:

    Too Good Dhruv.. You have great sense of humour. Your Ringtones collections awesome.

  33. Divya says:

    Awesome….There’s DhruvA for you all!!! Perfect profile..But, I must say, he’s more mad in person!! 🙂

  34. Vicky says:

    Hey MOC,

    I stumbled onto your blog when I was looking for MMA classes in Hyderabad. I just moved here from Bangalore(actually not quite) Despite my interest in MMA I’ve not kept up with the sport. The last match I watched was Gracie Vs Matt Hughes. I dont know any of the current chaps. The chaps I’ve seen in action are Bas ‘El guapo’ Rutten, Randy, Chuck Liddel, Quinton, Shamrock brothers etc. Actually it’s mostly been Bas. I’ve hardly seen one or two matches of all the other chaps. Good to know there’s a fellow MMA fan out here. I also like your offer of a food review. I’ll take you up on your offer over the weekend. By the way, do you know of any place which offers MMA training in Hyderabad? Looking forward to your reply.
    -Vicky

  35. Brighty says:

    Awesome intro Dhruv…. really phunny !!

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