I must admit, the whole concept of veg and non-veg in India leaves me a little confused — yes, still. Where I come from, the definition of a vegetarian is someone who doesn’t eat anything that has resulted in the death of an animal, such as animal flesh. Those who doesn’t eat animal products, such as eggs and dairy, are called vegans.
However, in India, the definition of a vegetarian is much more encompassing. Vegetarians don’t eat eggs. They do drink milk though.
The reason why is, apparently, because an egg can produce a chicken. On the other hand, there are no reproductive cells in milk. A cow generously feeds its offspring and its owner with its milk. Hence why the cow is so revered by Hindus.
Okay, I can pretty much get my head around that logic, even though the eggs sold in shops have zero chance of ever producing a chicken. The reason why is they’re not fertilized. Just because a hen lays an egg, doesn’t mean it’s going to hatch. There has to be a rooster on the scene to do the deed with the hen before the egg is formed. Hens lay eggs regardless of whether or not they’ve been fertilized. And commercial egg farmers don’t keep roosters with their laying hens.
Now, much to my dismay, enter the vegetarian egg that’s produced in Tamil Nadu. [click to continue…]
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Since the publication of my book, I’ve been on the receiving end of all sorts of celebrity jokes from family and friends.
And now, this bag from my husband! I must admit, I do like it though. It’s kinda cool. And life has been really busy. I’m looking forward to getting back to normality (and hopefully, more blog posts here too), at least until my book comes out in India!
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I arrived back in Mumbai late last week, emotionally and physically exhausted. Promoting my book had been draining, particularly for someone like me who doesn’t enjoy talking about myself a lot.
Leaving the comfort and familiarity of my parents’ home and my childhood bedroom was especially difficult this time. I cried more than I ever have. Even though I’m an adult, I really don’t feel like it sometimes. Sometimes, following a non-conformist path in life, with so much uncertainty, away from family and friends is overwhelming.
Yet, as soon as I stepped out of Mumbai airport and was enveloped in the fragrant, moist, warm air my inspiration immediately returned. Mumbai looked green after the monsoon. A huge bunch of flowers from my husband waited for me at home. And, I had a lunch date with a friend from Melbourne at the newly opened Out of the Blue restaurant in Powai. She often comes to India to visit her Indian boyfriend, and our lives have turned into a surreal series of meetings in both Melbourne and Mumbai. We drank wine, talked and laughed.
It’s interesting how life often moves in cycles.
When I was back in Melbourne to attend interviews and other events, I found that my publisher had booked me into the hotel directly opposite the building I first worked in. Not only that, my room was just one floor below the floor that my office had been on. I remembered how my colleagues and I used to look in amusement out our windows at the hotel guests in their rooms, who were totally unaware that we could see them. This time around, I was one of the hotel guests. I could catch glimpses of desks, with paperwork stacked high, and felt so thankful that none of them were mine.
Life really is an amazing journey. Let’s see what it brings next!
Photo: Happy Friends.
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One of the service stations in my local area has closed down. But it looks like we’re getting an Italian luxury fashion house in its place!
However, it might be more believable if Gabbana was spelled correctly, and it wasn’t in a country town with a population of less than 10,000 people (who are mainly blue collar workers).
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We’ve all heard of people going to India to find themselves, over and over again. It’s natural to wonder what’s so special about India. How could such a confronting country be so transformational? Actually, the fact that India is confronting and in your face in so many different ways is part of what makes it transformational.
Here’s an article that I wrote about India, transformation, and my book for popular Australian lifestyle website TheHoopla.
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