Disclaimer: This post is my personal opinion. Please dont jump on me if you dont agree!
Asked Appa one fine morning, when we were discussing veg vs non veg, pointing towards his two canine teeth…
I am a Tamil Brahmin. you know those types who always look ‘down’ upon others and have their noses in the air as if there is a dirty smell somewhere which is affecting their piousness!
Yep. that type. Who think eating non-veg is the second worst crime after murder and oh God forbid if the community knows that you drink and smoke. you are ostracised immediately. and oh! oh! you can not eat garlic as well. And onion only on certain certain days of the week. (I think on Sundays!)
My Appa has been ostracised long time ago 🙂 I think barring humans, Appa eats everything. He used to be a chain smoker till he met my Amma who was losing her father to cancer and made Appa quit. Well Appa hasnt smoked in the past 36 years!. Appa drinks. so he is everything that a TamBram isnt.
But again like RD says show me one Tambram guy who doesnt drink. True. I dont know any Tambram guy who doesnt drink including RMB!!
And Amma, yes that other cousin son-in-law of yours whom you thought was a paavam, drinks as well okie 😉
I am not including girls here because I know a lot of Tambram girls who dont drink, yours truely included. But hey, I have nothing against drinking as such as long as its done with in limits and isnt going to be injurious to your health.
Anyways I digress.
So we were having this discussion about veg and non-veg and Appa came up with this brilliant (in his words brilliant, the rest of us think he made it up!) theory which says ‘Why do humans have the two canine teeth in the front?’
To tear through the flesh since we are supposed to be non-vegetarians. We are supposed to eat meat.
While most of the vegans and vegetarians by now have decided to take out a supari for RMD, I guess to each his own.
I am personally a vegetarian by choice. Appa was ready to expose us to all types of food while RMB was enthused about eating everything, I just stuck to vegetarian. My Amma is total veg. (I often wonder how Amma Appa live together!)
Anyways, so why do we have this fetish for vegetarian food?
Again, I have read in a lot of places how its better to be a vegetarian. How red meat is not good for health, etc etc. But again I have also read in a lot of places on how sea food is the best source of Omega 3, how eating sea food is going to help in anti-aging etc etc.
I personally feel its a balance.
What irks me about vegetarians is the way they react to other people eating non vegetarian. I know of loads of vegs who go ‘yuck, cheeeee’ when they see someone eating non veg. Isnt that wrong? I mean, you eat what you want, let them eat what they want. Its pretty much insulting the food when you say yuck and chee. What if someone says yuck to that gross green palak kootan you are having..wouldnt that hurt you?
GB talks about how no one seems to put a plate of prawns to God as prasadam but are ready to put payasam instead. Honestly, I really want to know if there is any community that puts non veg food at prasadam? I think the Bengalis put fish in their bhog during Durga pooja? am I right? Apart from that, I am not sure if anyone else does it at all.
At the end of the day, its all about eating what you like. you like veg, go ahead and eat it, you like non-veg go ahead and eat that.
Dont comment on other people’s food. Thats like the most insulting thing to do! Dont pretend that its impure…I mean, who are we to define what food is pure or impure..its like calling a menstruating lady impure…which is actually stupid you know!
RD doesnt eat non-veg at all. whenever he goes out of India, he searches for a Sub-Way offering veg sandwiches or an Indian restaurant…which is weird. He has been abroad so many times in the last 4 to 5 years, that I find it really funny that he refuses to eat non-veg. Again, if people around him are eating raw meat, it doesnt bother him. He just goes on to eat his mutter paneer!
So we dont essentially cook non veg at home. But I am pretty cool about R. Till date R has tasted prawns, lamb, fish, chicken and I think even crab. Whenever we go out for weddings and there is non veg food available, I let our friends feed her non-veg. Infact, when she grows a bit older, my Appa plans to take her to eat non-veg in Goa. :):) He wants to introduce her to the joys of eating fish it seems 🙂
Amma never made non-veg at home, but she herself is pretty cool about other people eating what they want types. We never made non-veg at home in Baroda but if RMB or Appa wanted to get readymade food from outside Amma never made them put it in a separate patram or anything. I think thats cool. Infact when my Patty comes, she has a separate kadai/knife/cutter when we used onions! I wonder how Amma is so cool?
Errr..as usual, my post started with something and ended with something.
1) Read GB’s post to figure out what I actually want to say
2) Eat veg or non veg. Eat anything. Dont comment on others food or food habits
3) There is nothing wrong in giving your child non-veg food to eat as long as its healthy like fish or something. You are just encouraging them to taste and relish new tastes
4) Non Veg food is not impure. There is actually nothing like ‘impure’ food. You eat what you want. You dont judge people by what they eat..thats the stupidest thing to do..and yes, I do know people who actually judge people by what they eat *rolls eyes*
5) Stop this whole attitude of ‘I dont eat non-veg and its yucky’ you dont want, dont eat.
Go ahead, ostracise me from the community now!