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Thank God for This Meal

Today is Saraswati Puja . People in my campus is mostly Bengali and they are very good at arranging pujas. After offering Puja in the morning there was a community luch arranged the menu of which was mainly khichri with other bengal specialities like Beguni ( Fried egg-plant covered my battered maida ) Dum Aloo , chatni ,achar . One of my friend were expressing her disgust for a particular sabji which was ensemble with khichri . She was telling it doesnot go with khichuri . Others told her that , let’s taste it , how it is like . The banquet hall was all filled with pleasant and apetising smell of community feast .

When the food items were served I was surprised to see her objection with every item served in our front . Some are less in quantity , some are bad withour any reason , some are cheap veggies . I told her that she should not say like this about food served , it is our community feast . She said that this khichuri is not past of puja or prasad , then why shouldn’t she complain .

Yes why cann’t she complain . But I swear I loved and enjoyed every bit of the launch , and she too had till the last morsel . I did not tell her anything . Because you know in public place , we just cannot express what we actually think . I wish I could tell her ..Thank God for this meal , there are lakhs of people who cannot afford themselves and their family a meal twice a day . Have not you ever see people picking up food from the pile of garbage ?

When we were young my father taught us to pray and thank God before we start our meal . This is not a ritual of my religion . But till now I follow that . I silently thank God for the meal I am going to have . And enjoy what I have in my plate . earlier my husband was like my friend , complaining anything or the other in the plate . But now he too had learnt the art of enjoying a peaceful meal and turning the dinner or luch as a quality time for the family .

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2 Responses

  1. jmalhotra says:


    May God bless all and so we bow our head in front of the almighty to say thanks for what we are blessed with by the mercy of GOD…beautifully said

  2. kiranshubha says:

    I agree. Meal is definitely not just to fill your stomach but also an oppurtunity to sit with family or friends & enjoy the precious moments.

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