Non-Vegetarians vs Vegetarians
I come from a family where you don’t even mention non-veg, forget about eating. Not all of our family is like that but in our home, neither my grandparents nor Mom liked eating non-veg. So I had never seen non-vegetarian dish, let alone taste it. That is exactly why I had a very difficult time adjusting in hostel. Wednesdays and Sundays were celebrated by most because they used to serve non-veg in the hostel mess. And for me who wasn’t comfortable around it, those days turned into days for fasting by default. It wasn’t that they didn’t serve veg on those days; they did. It was just, I wasn’t comfortable sitting there and having food.
Then started another problem. Mess remains closed on Sunday nights. So we used to go out for dinner. After a couple of weeks, my roommates decided we could just order home delivery. And they started ordering prawns, fish and what not! I was having trouble with chicken served in mess and now this! I started going out alone for dinner. The worst reaction, according to my roommates, is when I used to come back and leave the door open because the room stinked!
I know the Vegetarians reading this will be nodding their head, sympathizing with me because they understand my pain and the non-vegetarians will be shaking their head as if to say, ‘That is a bit too much!’
Back to my story, after a couple of months, I slowly adjusted to the idea of non-veg. I had no other option. When all your friends are non-vegetarians, you either have to stay out of the group or make an effort and get used to it. I did the latter. I could sit beside my friends when they are chicken without turning away my face into disgust.
But friends are never happy with your small achievements, I tell you! They always want more. Once they were sure I wouldn’t run away, they started convincing me to try non-veg. Nope! Thank you very much. I am happy being a grass eater (The term they use to describe Vegetarians) I wasn’t giving in or so I had thought. I stood my ground and thus started our debates. I had only one other friend who was a Vegetarian for my company. They used to try and pull us to their side by saying there is so much variety in non-veg. Well, we were happy with the limited variety. “The food you eat had life. How can you kill it and eat?” We argued. “Plants have life too. Moreover we eat something that can run and defend itself. You pluck poor helpless plants which can’t even run for its poor life” they argued. The arguments were silly and ridiculous most of the time but we argued anyway.
The debate continued for almost an year and a half, at the end of which I decided I would try chicken. Finally! My friends were so happy except one. She definitely didn’t want to be the only one Vegetarian in the group. She was there when we went to the restaurant, asking me again and again if I was sure. I don’t know what had come over me that day but I nodded, sure of my decision. I was about to take the first bite when she shouted “That thing pecks on dirt, eats God knows what! And you want that in your body!! I can never imagine eating such food” That was it! I put the fork down, having lost my appetite.
That day I understood one thing. Vegetarians are worst company when you want to enjoy non-veg food. They can say such ridiculous things that you end up losing your appetite! So never take a Vegetarian for company!
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