Sunday, October 24, 2010

THE FOOD IN YOUR PLATE

               Accidentally, a pair of eyes caught my sight. They were rummaging around furtively and they finally set upon something lying in one dirty corner. ‘Whoa!’ a piece of chapatti but a stale and dusty one. Those starving eyes picked it up, scraped the dirt and stashed it safely into a jhola. Probably, the charitable soul would feed a stray animal. But what I saw was a bolt from the blue! He settled down at a peaceful spot, slowly fetched this seemingly invaluable possession and, started nibbling it off!
               Eat your breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper! How many of us actually have the dispensation of eating our meals like this? Indeed, millions don’t get food for days; eating according to this health byte is out of question! Spending your days without high-quality first-rate food is unimaginable, isn’t it? But, it isn’t for this chapatti-discoverer and several others like him who probably consider themselves blessed to have found one, for it helps them wrestle their starvation!
               So what did you eat today; Thai, Mexican, Continental, Chinese or simply Indian? The choices are indeed infinite and certainly your taste buds would have started tingling. The indigent will surely be amazed to know that there are things beyond dal aur roti! Eating elaborately too is an exclusive attribute of ours; a three, five or an unbelievably seven course meal too we can devour. But managing even one meal a day is unattainable for many! How gloomy it is for us to eat the same food twice in a day, we want things crisp, hot from the oven and garden-fresh. On the contrary, is flavor ever a concern for the destitute? Ever skipped a meal? Beyond doubt we will overindulge in anything which we come across first. Food is used as a bait to entice people to join schools (need for food being much greater than anything else)! Feasting- another opportunity to overload ourselves with foodstuff, fasting- compulsorily a way of life for the deprived! Familiar with Digene and Pudin Hara, how often do we use it to our rescue? Girls want to go thin; men too want a well-toned tummy. They watch their waistline by going for a low-fat or sugar-free or high-fiber nutritional regime. Alternatively, the impoverished are involuntarily undernourished! Excesses delight us and we die of obesity, however, the unfortunates die of hunger!
               Plainly, food is the way to a man’s life! Our accessibility to food of our preference is a privilege; we have the luxury of eating what we want and whenever we want. Awkwardly, we have sumptuousness of squandering it too!
               The intent is not to persuade anybody to eat food insufficiently but to dissuade everybody from wasting it. Leftovers can help feeding lives (as for the chapatti-discoverer) but giving something to eat because is it trash is uncouth! Fill up your serving dish with all what you can eat (comfortably). Respect the food in your plate for the reason that there are countless who go dead for the lack of it!


Happy Munching!
Sunday, October 24, 2010

2 comments:

  1. Very well written article Sneha. Gives " food for thought " to everyone.

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