People in India can be categorized into three categories based on their eating habits.
- Vegetarians on a day (maybe more days) of the week, like the vegetarians on Fridays or vegetarians on Tuesdays and so on!
I have a confession to make, I belong to the third category. I am a vegetarian on Monday and Fridays (actually make that was for Fridays). I am vegetarian on Mondays for a year on the suggestion of a very renowned (read expensive) astrologer. This astrologer makes 20,000 rupees per day (yes you read it right !!) I so want to change my profession.
Anyway back to the topic, I was a vegetarian on Friday till last week. I turned a vegetarian on Fridays five years ago and it was a personal decision. A lot of times I have been asked by my friends and colleagues why did I turn a vegetarian on Fridays. This really made me wonder why did I turn a vegetarian. Err… I have another confession to make. The only reason I turned a vegetarian on Fridays was because I thought it was fashionable! There was no way I could say this to my friends and colleagues. Do not think of me as some kind of a nut case for having thought the way I did. I have a good reason for it.
And the reason is my god-fearing Aunt. My aunt is vegetarian on most of the days of the week that is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday (no I am not exaggerating here) Ask her why she is vegetarian on all these days, and the answer that comes is these days are her favorite God’s days! Favorite God’s days, let me explain Monday for Lord Shiva, Tuesday for Lord Vishnu, Friday for Goddess Durga and so on.
Whenever this aunt visited us, she was given a special treatment. The food cooked for her was special and the elders always forbade us from eating the food cooked for her. “Why don’t you eat your chicken and fish ?” The elders would say. I being me always wanted to eat the food cooked for her. The vegetables on her plate looked drool worthy. It was not long before I realized that it was a classic case of ’Grass is greener at the other side’. But I still hung on to this commitment of mine for 5 long years. I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to the the non-vegetarian food that I refused to eat on Fridays during the past five years. I am amazed at how all the dinners, receptions, parties all fell on a Friday. It looked like a conspiracy to me!
Finally I decided to give up my vegetarian Fridays last week after a long association with the vegan Fridays. Now I am only a vegetarian on Mondays. Hopefully soon I shall write a adieu post for Mondays as well.
So which category do you belong to???