One thing that was glaringly questionable to his family was my food habits. My family is vegetarian. They are non-vegetarians. In our community, vegetarians would be hard pressed to find. Here goes the conversation Zack and I had during one of our chats.
“I am a pure vegetarian.”
“Yeah, so? I am also a ‘pure’ non-vegetarian.”
“No eggs too”
“I wont cook either”
“No need, I myself am quite a good cook. In fact, you should check with my friends about my culinary skills”
“You sure there wont be any issues after marriage?”
“See, refraining from eating non-vegetarian food is your wish. I wont ask you to eat just because all of us here eat”
“Very happy to hear that”
“Now I have a question for you”
“Be my guest”
“Do you mind if someone else eats non-veg when you are eating? Your guest adores non-veg”
“Hahaha, so my guest loves non-veg…no issues with everyone else eating non-veg in the same table as me”
“Seriously? I have met vegetarians who make faces and do what-not if they have to share a table”
“Oh is it..I am not one of them then”
After marriage, I found it very easy to adjust. On Sundays when eating meat is the norm, I would cook something for myself.
But one thing which I find I absurd till date is shunning non-veg on Thursdays and Saturdays.
Zack says on Thursdays the family does not eat because they are followers of Sai Baba and Lord Venkateshwara will be unhappy if they eat meat on Saturdays.
The first time I heard this I was like “Whhhhaaatttt ”
Lord Venkateshwara will be happy and bless you if you eat on Sunday or Monday but will take offense on Saturdays? And what, Sai Baba will curse you if you eat eggs on Thursday?
No matter how hard I try to make him see the logic, he refuses to skip the no-meat-on-thursday-and-saturday rule.