When I was a kid I would always pester my dad to buy me a Masala Dosa instead of Idlis which were the most easily available, hygienic and easily digestible food around. And he, the loving father that he is would always warn me against the effects of oily food on my digestive system and my overall health.
It was not my character pay heed to anything that was told so I continued with my affair for roasted, oily, spicy food until I thought a day that would come when I could not take it anymore.
And the day is here. I am no longer able to eat anything that has oil in it. Not able to digest stuff which is roasted and am not able to carry of a weekend brunch without antacids.
Right now, thanks to our magnanimous management, I get access to the best of the Indian breakfast delicacies and the awesome cuisines for lunch. And that too, subsidized! Also some of my colleagues here have amazing appetites and really love a good meal. But I guess all those days of favoring Masala Dosas and ignoring Idlis have caught up with me.
I believe that idly has decided to come back at me with a vengeance. I guess all those days that it got relegated to the back of the preference pack; it was waiting patiently to see how long I could hold out without finally embracing it with humility. I also believe that idly was plotting this for a while now and finally when I indeed have access to the best of stuff and with pennies in pocket that I can pay by my own; it’s coming out with the final assault.
Recently during a weekend with some pretty hectic activity, I was treated at some of the better joints in town with really teasing appetizers. When it was my turn to pronounce an exotic sounding delicacy, and to my horror, all I could think was those 2 pieces of bland Idlies with a healthy dose of sambar. A few raised eyebrows and looks of consternation later I managed to change it to some decent sounding non-oily stuff but the thought working with a screwed up stomach through the weekend left me a really bitter taste.
So I have finally renounced any thing and everything that oily and will stick for a while with my new white friends to make up for all the time and in the process court them to help me give back my appetite for real Indian food for at least a while before I am rendered inaccessible to all the amazing delicacies that Indian Cuisine offers.