Since when? But you are so lean.â€ I know. â€œWhat, you take eggs? You are not a vegetarian, then.â€ I am. â€œBut not those who gobble up eggs.â€ Grr â€” why not? â€œChicks hatch from eggs, you dimwit.â€ Balderdash. I consume only those eggs that are cursed by the hen never to hatch. And the eggs I dispose of come from chicken, and not the other way round. But if the folks hell-bent on splitting hairs should find no reprieve in my explanation, yes, I am an â€œegg-munching vegetarian, thank you.â€
If the source of my appetite is the major point of concern, you blighters might raise an eyebrow or two about my milk-drinking habit as well. But apparently, you deem milk-drinkers vegetarians per se. I, though, see little difference between the extract of the lady-chicken and milk from cows, buffaloes or goats. And both milk and eggs have dual properties â€” propensities to render themselves solids or liquids, at our choosing. Cattle are vegetarians. By the same token, the snow-white, opaque liquid, prior or after the sluicing down at the auspicious hands of the milk- man or woman, classifies as a veggie diet. I have enough reasons to believe that the eggs I eat come from vegetarian hens, before the humanity has had the chance to meddle in the strictly hen-nish affair.
The meat muncher might contend that much like most of the animals they consume, many plants are shown light into this world through non-vegetarian means. Sperms and ova, or close renditions, evidently know their birds and bees well. Where then lies the justification of being a veggie?
Well, you are not entirely wrong. But my tongue-in-cheek answer is that I no longer have the stomach for meat: red and white; dead or half-alive at the adept hands of my father with the culinary acumen of Sanjeev Kapoor, his moustachioed counterpart in the Indian television. Besides, I hate the gory-groggy spectacle of animal slaughter.
I must have taunted plenty of biology classes in my school, you say. If present, I would have known that plants are living beings too and should be treated with equality, even in the country with a defunct democratic apparatus. When ripe, arenâ€™t paddies ruthlessly garrotted by sickles to whet the gluttony of us humans? Why this impartiality, then? Okay. You win. But, canâ€™t both of us, we veggies and you meat-gobblers, agree that in each of us, are equal number of perpetrators of gross injustice to other species of flora and fauna? To humanity, then â€” let us stop this inhumane butchery and starve to death.