|Certainly not the way I eat!|
Food has always been a priority. One does not have to go through any kind of difficulty to get awesome vegetarian food in Bangalore. By default, all the good restaurants are pure vegetarian only. In fact, till I was in Engineering, I had never entered a restaurant that had non-vegetarian food. Anyway, all this is for another day. As I got exposed to the concept of lunch buffets here in the US, initially, I thought it was a magical experience (no, not from Steve Jobs). As students, we would be deprived of good food for indefinite amounts of time, and as soon as we had a chance at the limitless opportunity, we would stuff ourselves to the brim. It was as though we had been starved for years. It took us a while to realize that there was no point in eating like maniacs and it took us some time to understand how to eat at a buffet. To top it, the food wasn't exactly out of the world. I mean, not even close. The people from the North opined that only South Indian food was good, while the South Indians reasoned the other way. So, they had a steady trickle of one set of customers who came to the restaurant recommended by the other set.
As I got up to go wash my hands (there is absolutely no way that you can wipe your hand with paper napkins after a South Indian meal), I was surprised to find the guy who I had observed at the start of the meal, call out for another round of rice and sambar. Thankfully, he didn't opt for the plate meals. It would have been like a starter.
For me, it's unfathomable how people survive on sandwiches or salad for lunch every single day. At the end of the day, I act as though it is grave injustice when I see a layer of fat developing around my waist. But, to compromise on food requires a big effort.
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