Friday, June 26, 2009

How I became a Vegetarian???


Well, so.. I am a vegetarian, for ppl who do not know this.. I am a firm believer n staunch supporter of (no, not PETA or the Blue cross) vegetarianism….

I have never been able to understand how people manage to brutally murder n gobble up the dead ones??? Esp the poor birds.. wat harm hav they done to u???

This post is dedicated to one of my dearest frnds, with whom I hav a conversation daily on Y I choose to remain a vegetarian… I also irritate him with my endless attempt at tryin to make him a veggie too.. I know its not fair… I mean, I really shud never ask anyone else not to eat those dead birds n fishes…but its fun na... irritating sumone ;)



So… my mom tells me I was very fond of non-veg food till I was 6 yrs old… In fact, I used to gobble up omlettes for brkfst, lunch n dinner.. It all happened one day whn I was in II std… I was up North in Lucknow n since thr were a few Malayalis thr, we used to hav get togethers every weekend… n this particular Sunday, my Dad’s friend offered to prepare chicken curry… Well, the 6 yr old me was very excited.. we never used to prepare chicken( or any other form of meat) at home… When the uncle came with a big bag, I peeped inside to see 2 legs… he pulled it out to show me the rest… n thts when it hit me… I was going to eat a DEAD BIRD… n this fellow b4 me was responsible for makin it dead…

Ah.. Is this thing alive???

Ha ha…No, no… see at the butcher’s they kill it by wringing its neck, when it makes a sound… a tiny croak( so he sayz) n it dies…He then cleans it up for us… removes the feathers… ll hav this ready in an hour n ll keep the best portions for u…

Yeah…well … Thank You…

I was surprisingly found wandering near the kitchen… instead of going out to play… n stood silently near the kitchen door…watchin HIM ( the KILLER in my eyes) cook the poor bird…

He called me whn it was one… come on, u ve been waiting for so long… see, I hav kept the best parts for you… You must have this liver and Kidneys… n turning to my mom, he explained.. these r very good for kids…

Liver n Kidneys… like we hav in our body??? These birds hav those too???

Yeah… n its good for u…

Are’nt kidneys responsible for eliminating the waste in the body,amma???

Well, in humans… yes… so mayb the same applies for chickens too…

I was whimpering… n I went close to my mom… I don’t want tht….

I don’t want any of tht… a dead bird!!!!

The ‘Uncle’ brought my lunch in a plate…. Made me sit at the dining table… n placed it b4 me….

YUCK!!!! N ( puke…..) all over the place…. I cant stand this smell… sumbody remove it please…

I started crying loudly… I still remember the scene very clearly…

Y did u kill this poor thing?? I askd the uncle… He had nothing to say.. I guess he was shocked… n worried.. Amma came near me n told me.. its okay, U don’t hav to eat that if you don’t want to…

Aftr this (un) fortunate incident, I have never touched meat… or eggs… I m not a vegan though..

I tried being one for abt 3 months.. while I was still young.. in X th.. got an earful frm my cousin, the doc, who said I was going to get weak… tired coz a veggie diet ( my preferences) do not provide the essential requirements needed by an individual… I went back to havin milk n milk products.. which I love… but meat is a big No No…

N even when my bro gets me biriyani @ home, I poke n prod at it to see if there’s been a mistake (deliberate or not)… Wat if it says VB??? Wil I find a white shiny egg inside???

N I always make a big scene at home when ettan makes omelets… I tel him.. see, the poor embryo… destined to make it BIG… U r killin it.. How so u think u wud feel to b in a pan like this??? U r coagulating its proteins.. Oh the poor soul.. I end up being thrown out of the kitchen but its fun anyway…

The last time I tried a plate of chickenless chicken biriyani ( with the pieces carefully picked out, Our neighbour had made it specially for us n I din want to hurt her feelings… the truth is it smelt yummy!!!), it was fine… but soon aftr the neighbour left.. Ettan did a most wonderful thing.. he told me chicken pieces are not always visible… there are always itsy bitsy pieces which wud hav escaped your microscopic vision n ended up in your stomach….Shud I say wat hapnd next???? Again… ( puke )… into the wash basin….

( P.S : The only chicken dish is like is Chicken Soup.. the 'Chicken Soup' series are awesome... I love 'em)

25 comments:

DPhatsez said...

Good on you mate!

But I for one cannot live without meat.
Never planning to change also. :)

Lakshmi said...

U Murderer... I am not surprised... 97.3% of ma frndz r KILLERS... Dear God, forgive these sinners...and pls dont send them to chicken hell whr they ll be plucked(I knw u got no feathers,so lets make it the hair) and eaten alive!!!

Parikshith Kumar said...

I am a veggie too.
Goodness!! In all these yrs, I think you happen to be the first ever person from Kerala I know, who is a fellow veggie too :-) Good.

And that chick inside the burger, awww man. :-(

Lakshmi said...

A veggie in bloggerland... gr8... I m surprised I found one... I m happy few chicks ll be saved :)

Aw.S.M said...

ooo...u make it sound like a drastic horrifying incident :P...yes we eat meet...so sue us:D.

u have no idea what u r missing yaar...i pity all vegetarians..hehe..:P

luv
amith

Lakshmi said...

Yeah.. it was a drastic horrifying incident as far as I am concerned... I dont care if I m missin out on something... I am happy being a vegetarian...:)I m already plump, I cant imagine wat eatin meat also wud lead to...

Dhanya said...

Hmmm... this only made me crave for chicken curry! :( Am so sorry...

Btw, I love the 'chicken soup for the soul' series too! Yummy aint it ? ;)

Lakshmi said...

Another Killer on the loose... yeah.. Chicken soup for the soul is awesome... Love it...:)

Chip said...

well the answer to this post was in my first post..lemme quote..

"i'm not a vegetarian,not unique enough? i know, but every now and then i keep wondering why we non-vegetarians complain about a dead fly in their tea when they are fine wit a dead bird in their lunch.i guess meat makes us dumb. i'm comfortably dumb."

Lakshmi said...

I dunno if u expect a reply Chip, nyways to the best CRITIC ever...Thank you....

IcE MaiDeN said...

OMG!!! A VEGETARIAN malyalee!!! wow !!! :)

One of my closest friend is malyalee and he says they r born non vegetarians and theyll probably hav to convert to be vegetarian!!! :P

As for me, naaaahh!! I left nonveg for a couple of years, bt switched again :P too hard to resist... If its any consolation, I m nt much of a chicken eater.. prefer fish anyday. :) So does tht make me a lesser sinner? I mean thr ARE plenty of fish in d sea. :)

Cheers,
Annie.
P.S: Like ur blog, will be back soon. :)

Lakshmi said...

OMG... a killer invading the aquatic species... ( sigh!!!) U r no better than the rest... but atleast u tried....let me be content with tht for the time being... :)

Blue Moon said...

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Blue Moon said...

I am vegetarian too, & i am happy that u too are on the same path.

Do visit my blog, I'll be Waiting.

Love,
Manjari

blunt edges said...

hmmm...i aint a veggie...m a staunch non-veg luver...n well i do a lot of sins anyways...so one more 2 d list ;)

n wash-basins arent exactly d best place 2 throw up ;)

Lakshmi said...

@ BE
U prefer the toilet??? any other place u can suggest.. I cud try it next time I wish to puke...
n Thanks for the comment, KILLER... :)

Lakshmi said...

@ BM
Thanks for commenting an takin time to go thru my blog... am enroute to ur blog..

gayathri-vishwanathan said...

yep i am a hardcore veggie too...i feel killing animals is a huge crime. but then again it's a personal opinion. some of my colleagues love to have non veg...but then that's fine, i dont really tell them anything though i wish i could...

Lakshmi said...

@ GV
As if we tellin people is gonna make a difference.. there is no use stuffing sense into their heads... :) and as u said, its always a personal opinion :)
@ ALL
AND I dont actually mind other ppl havin meat.. Hell, its their life, let them live it their way :)

The Layman said...

Very interesting... :)

The smell of meat intoxicates me.To add some masala to the already hot "chicken curry" - I have eaten blood (like aadu thoma in sphadikam :D.. although not raw blood.. they fry it with onion and masala in some places)

Lakshmi said...

@ Layman...
Only a word...
YUCKKKKKKKKKKKK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

gkam said...

eh... who's upping on the Gourmet levels in RC for Lamb Skewers and Hot Dogs then?

:D :D :D

thanks 4 stopping by my blog, keep coming! :P

Lakshmi said...

Ha ha :D True... mayb I shud start on popularising sum veggie dishes... Practice wat I preach... :)

Bullshee said...

Sorry madam! We are not on the same page!

I am one of those heartless, cruel b#$7Ar3s, so I down non veg dish one after another!!

If you got over that, there are so many delicious things you are missing!

But good on you - its not easy being a veggie...

Lakshmi said...

@ Bullshee...
N y is it not easy being a veggie???? thr r loads of dishes to choose frm here too...