16 May 2014

Living Healthy-ly

This is the image which you will find inside our kitchen cupboards - heaps of fruits and vegetables, if it's a day or two after we have gone to the market, which we do every 4 or 5 days walking. Sometimes we ask one of our regular sellers to drop some items like 5 kls. pomegrenate, papayas, watermelon, onion, banana, greens, cucumber, a tray of egg, etc. -stuffs that don't need much personal picking like mangoes, peach or ado.

When we go, we walk to the market which is about 1500 meters carrying 4 big clothing bags -polythene and other plastics are strictly a no-no for us, as much as possible.

So, we have been on this diet for over a year now - more on raw foods such as seasonal fruits and vegetables. I do the least cooking, I think. One tea in the morning and in the evening. Then one cooked meal like bun toasting with salad (salad is uncooked, of course) or aloo paratha with palak paneer or just plain and simply-made greens like boiled lungdu (fiddleheads fern)/mustard greens/spinach/beetroot leaves, etc. with tomatoes and sauteed garlic.

So almost every day, there will be only one major cooking. Sometimes, depending on how many varieties of fruits and vegetables we have we ditch cooking altogether, except for two small cups of teas. Living minus the cooking is doable, very doable but I guess I would like to cook some stuffs sometimes.

12 May 2014

Motherhood: A Prison?

This was on the Facebook wall of one of my friends who just recently had a child and reading all the comments made me laugh because all the comments were positive, you know the portrayal of how difficult it is to be a mother to a newborn child, how much time they spend time in tending their child, how much they can relate to that statement, etc. Not one of them realized the negative impact of this statement. 
There are four words that are very inappropriate in this statement:

Really? Rearing a child makes a mother feel like a prisoner, like someone who tried to escape everytime, and that a life with a child is like living in jail? And that too, a little break means FREEDOM to a mother? Ha ha! Great! Tsk!

Why the hell they had a child then? Do they realize how messed up this statement is? And those who read this didn't disagree to it? Oh, the idiocy of mankind.

I am not a mother (and I don't intend to create another being) but I would never say "I am not a mother so I don't know how to raise a child (telling to a mother)". Saying so is like I need to have a car to learn driving. 

You see, readers, no child has ever asked a parent that they wanted to be born. Being born is no way a child's choice. So whose choice it is? The parents, especially the mother, and to view motherhood and describe it like the above statement is just wrong...very wrong and idiotic! Any child whose mother's views are like that one above must be ashamed of her/his mother and demand her to change her views or "de-mother" her altogether.

"There must be some pre-requisite before someone can become a parent." 
(A line from the movie, Detachment)