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Surviving the Differences and Smiling Through Them
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Surviving the Differences and Smiling Through Them

I have shared in my previous posts that I am a vegetarian but I was not one a few years ago. I was born in a non-vegetarian family and always thought it was cool to be eating all the 'cool' stuff.

When I first met my husband, I was a hard core meat-eater and he was pure vegetarian. This is a popular term used in India, though it simply refers to vegetarian. Unlike many other countries, vegetarian in India simply means someone who does not eat eggs, sea food and meat of any sort.

I mention this here because I know what it is to be with a vegetarian. You limit your food choices, restaurants you can go to etc. We could never share a dish between us because of our varied food choices. Was it frustrating? Not really. We accepted the diet preferences of each other and simply took the focus away from it.

I remember someone telling me that it is good for girls to remain vegetarian while it is fine for males to take it in moderation. I was a bit pissed off about this conclusion someone shared with me. I still wonder where that came from.

Based on this common belief, it always happened that when we ordered a vegetarian and a non-vegetarian dish while eating out, we were always served incorrectly. The vegetarian item was placed in front of me each and every time. We used to smile at it and we still do.

Thankfully, after many years of vegetarian company, I decided to go vegetarian. And my influencer was nowhere from my friend circle. Though I make them happy now joining their gang, I never bothered to understand vegetarianism from them.

Today, I define cool differently. Cool is what is light, healthy and free of anything else that is unnecessary for my system. This is a new way of living and it does keep me positive.

Today, I am glad for all my vegetarian friends. I am not suddenly lost and unaware of the vegetarian options. All my vegetarian friends motivate me just by being around me. Cheers to them!

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  1. kristo
    kristo
    very sweet story :) voted.
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Thanks!
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  2. Veganara
    Veganara
    Voted. I like this story too, and it is nice to see a pic of you and your husband!
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Thanks Maggie :)
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  3. parneesha211
    cute story..voted!!
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Thanks for reading Parneesha211 :)
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  4. abhasklal
    Yes, we limit our choices by becoming vegetarian. But what matters is not the number of choices but what we finally choose... :)
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Absolutely!
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  5. Sumit  Bhardwaj
    Sumit Bhardwaj
    I do remember those days :) Although I don't have any problem with someone eating non-veg food besides me for the most part, there are some strong smelling dishes, that I can not tolerate at all (rings a bell, han? :) ). And the most frustrating time use to be when you get to taste/eat my food along with yours and I couldn't do so :D Anyways, personally I never felt vegetarian food lacking in any way. There are things available that can take care of all of the needs of the body and that includes tongue too :) I am a happy vegetarian, very well satisfied with my food, in every way.
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Hmm...and I conveniently forgot that!! Thanks for reading and commenting.
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  6. Carolyn
    Carolyn
    Akanksha, enjoyed the article and love the new pic of you and your sweetheart! You both look so happy! Vote #9!
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  7. Katapoet
    Katapoet
    Very nice, Akanksha Lal. Voted.
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Thanks Debra!
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