15 thoughts on “the perils of being a vegetarian

  1. I too fall in the category of converted vegetarians. I stopped eating non-veg after doing my first advance course but was still an eggetarian. It was when I did TTC , I became vegetarian in the real sense. Now I have quit caffeine and onion-garlic too. And since then my social life has almost gone for a toss.

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    1. By the way I have already put a kala tikka on my key board where I type ramblings and will soon put nimbu and mirchi on the monitor.
      The feed back, that discerning readers like you have gone through my text, enjoyed it, and had an occasional laugh, is itself a great honour for me.
      Thank you so much.

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  2. I have been an on and off vegetarian all my life. My family being vegetarian, I rarely had non-veg in childhood, mostly when I went to my relatives house or so. When I left home for studies, I started eating chicken again but stopped after a few months. I altogether left it for four years. But then I went to West Bengal for my PG and the only thing worth eating at hostel was the fish curry. Chicken was way cheaper than veg foods plus I was in the company of hardcore non-vegetarians.
    Last year, I started feeling uneasy after eating non-veg. I was an animal lover all my life and here I was eating chicken day after day. It felt like such a hypocritical thing for me to do. But I love eating chicken. I am a big time foodie and veg food especially while eating outside feels horrible and expensive. 😦
    But I think I am finally going to leave it. Suddenly the guilt is getting bigger than my love for food. I have decided to give it up on my birthday this year. I am hoping I’ll be able to stay away from it.

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  3. I thoroughly enjoy your honey-quoted polemics peppered with humour and irony. I can relate to much of what you have said, being a Brahmin who grew up to be an eggetarian, an occasional nibbler of chicken and fish, and sipper of the sparkling. But I do agree with the plight of the vegetarians, the deteriorating quality of vegetables, the spiralling prices of onions and tomatoes, and the corresponding bloat in the pockets of the profiteers.

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  4. This was a superb read. The number of angles you could derive from the simple concept of vegetarianism was pretty cool!

    I have been a vegetarian most of my life. As a kid, had a short phase of non-vegetarianism which ended abruptly with no explanation by my palate.

    About an year back, having read a lot of research, have started back on a regular dose of chicken for the protein intake since I work out with weights regularly.

    This article puts the tenacious balance between the two types of diets very well 🙂

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  5. Durga Prasad, I am born in a Brahmin family too and have been a vegetarian all my life. After migrating to Australia, people would ask me why I was vegetarian and my simple answer was, I was raised to be one and I have never felt the need to try fish, poultry or meat. In our part of the world, we are blessed to get the choicest fruit and vegetables. I’ve noticed that Australia, Europe and US are now very kind towards my tribe. There are ample vegetarian dishes on restaurant menus and yummy too! Why, they also make vegetarian shepherd’s pie at a restaurant in Sydney!
    I completely understand how you feel and the reference to “dhoondo dhoondo” was superb! I am so enjoying reading your posts now, a heartfelt thank you to you.

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  6. Our Odisha has such an amazing cuisine- both veg & non-veg dishes, many of which I’m yet to taste…
    So true that tomato and onion & other veggies start acting pricey, even in winter & people haven’t any clue!
    Non-veg items witness a sharp fall in prices when hit by ‘disease’ like ‘flu’ 🙂
    If veggies could sing, they’d have chosen Bollywood songs, right? 🙂

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