A Non-Vegetarian’s Rant
So in commemoration of the Indian New Year, I had to take my mom to her favorite Indian restaurant in Houston – Bhojan. Unfortunately for me, mommy dearest is a vegetarian, and that particular restaurant only served Gujarati veg-food. 😡
It’s terrible. My dad, brother, and I eat everything, but my mother only cooks vegetarian food at home. Whenever we get a chance to go out to an Indian restaurant, I’m overcome with joy in anticipation of devouring chicken tikka masala or tandoori chicken; however, today was just a sick joke. I sat there and ate more of the same stuff I’m accustomed to passing up at home in favor of pepperoni pizza lean pockets or turkey sandwiches. Sometimes I think that Gujarati food is the worst thing to ever emerge out of India. *Sighs* I should’ve been born in Punjab.
Anyways, I also made a striking observation. I knew the restaurant sucked since everyone was of a “brown” decent. Believe it or not, most of the better Indian restaurants have a wide variety of people (sometimes, Indian guests are the minorities in their own restaurant). Not only that, but I enjoy seeing hefty brown guys in other restaurants; that way, I don’t feel as bad going back to the buffet line for seconds. 😉 At Bhojan, all the guests had six inch waistlines padded by their khaki trousers and pressed shirts. According to online reviews, the food really is good… just not to someone of my taste. Bleh, at least the customer service was great and mom really enjoyed it.
So in conclusion, I follow a balanced diet as much as the next guy, but when I get to visit an Indian restaurant once in a blue moon, I want my murghi (chicken)! Oh, and to the person who is thinking:
“Rishi… you’re a Hindu. You’re not supposed to be eating meat. What a disgrace!”
My personal view of religion does not entail abiding by some restriction on food. If all Hindus believed in strict vegetarianism and the world’s agricultural system came to a stand still, we would be the first ones to go extinct. I understand why people choose to be vegetarians, but I don’t understand how it’s now universally recognized as a facet of Hinduism. In terms of health, poultry and fish provide some of the best sources of nutrition available for consumption. Lol, plus, I don’t see how one can be considered to have a “balanced diet” without eating all types of food.
…I’m done ranting. 🙂