Healthy …that’s how Meghana described her marriage with Ashok to everyone. Lettuce and cucumber with a dash of lemon , a good amount of flax seed scattered on top and some Jalapenos thrown here and there . This is exactly how she described her marriage to her best friend. Ashok was a stickler for healthy lifestyle.
Meghana’s day started with a cup of green tea which she would sip while preparing breakfast . She would sing to herself as she got the breakfast ready for Ashok . Wholewheat bread, omelette stuffed with alfa alfa sprouts , a fruit bowl and some freshly squeezed juice. While Ashok had his lunch at the office cafeteria , Meghana usually had a big bowl of salad -crunchy Lettuce , asparagus , baby tomatoes , olives . The only concession she allowed herself was adding paneer instead of tofu. Her
afternoon was usually spent with a green tea and a book . Evenings she would go out to do her daily shopping for fruits and vegetables for the evening and next day.
Ashok always preferred chapatis rather than rice at night. She would keep the curry and the salad ready but prepared hot hot chapatis as he sat down for dinner.
Most of the days were same. Meghana tried to add variety to their daily routine by substituting broccoli with capsicum at night or mushrooms would take the place of asparagus.
Meghana sat near the window looking at the rain outside , thinking about the day her whole life changed .
She was walking back home after her usual shopping when she noticed a wallet lying on the road. She kept her bag down and took the wallet. There were lots of 500 Rs note inside. She looked around but no one seemed to be searching for a lost wallet . She saw a few visiting cards inside . Since they had the same name and details she assumed it would be the owners. Suniel Kumar she read the name out loudly half expecting a Mr Suniel Kumar to answer back. She gathered all her courage and dialed the number. It was immediately answered by a sleepy voice.
“Is this Mr Suniel Kumar?” She asked with an accent.
“Look here right now I am not interested in going for any loan whichever bank you are calling from” a voice answered back and immediately she heard the beep beep sound.
She felt embarrassed but tried again. This time the moment he picked the phone she blurted ” I found your wallet . Its with me , I just want to return it back” . There was an absolute silence at the other end . She could hear opening and closing of a drawer.
She looked at the address. It was on her way back. “Look here I am going to pass by your street in few mins . If you can come and stand out side your building ,I can hand it over to you.”
“How can I ever repay you back? ” A few mins later Suniel who looked nothing less than a bollywood star was asking her. “Its alright Suniel…No worries . Anyone would have done the same” She replied. She could feel her ears turning red which was a sign of nervousness. ” At least allow me to get you a cup of coffee please. ” he said . “Please …. “
As they sat in the Coffee day sipping their cup of latte , Meghana remembered her college days when she would sit sipping latte with her gang of girlfriends for hours.
Meghana and Suniel started bumping into each other very often. But she always turned down his offer for coffee.
One day she saw him struggling with a paper bag. The bag was almost torn and the contents were about to fall down. She helped him once again by carrying some stuff from the bag. “Mc Donald’s have stopped plastic bags was his explanation.
Why don’t you come up and share a burger with me he asked as they reached his house. Temptation got the better of her. She went inside his house. Crisp chicken burger with mayo oozing out and the golden french fries just screamed ‘this is life’ .
She was transferred to a different world, she was completely captivated . She looked forward to the evenings she spent with burgers and pizzas and the hot brownies with dollops of ice cream .
“So what do you think about this unhealthy lifestyle ? ” Suniel asked with a twinkle in his eyes one day.
“I am just lovin it ” she laughed.
“I would love to have a burger with you everyday”
“Are you proposing me by any chance?” she asked.
Meghana was jostled to reality as her train screeched to a stop.
“You can’t just a bye like this ! ” Suniel had exclaimed .
“But why …darling why are you doing this ?” Ashok had asked. “I need a break. Let me be alone for some time and then we will make decisions ” was all she said.
How could she explain to Ashok or Suniel that she wanted both the salad and the burger in her life ?
Craving arises only when you completely deprive yourself of something. Healthy diet is about moderation, not deprivation. …A balanced healthy diet does not always mean that you have to give up the foods that you love. It just requires … Moderation and no guilt.
Meghana wished Ashok understood this simple fact.
Note : Just back after having a quick bite at macdonald’s with hubby . Feeling guilty ? No !!!! cause tomorrow I am planning to go on a diet of salads and juices (if I can resist the temptations around me )