Oct 20, 2013

The luncheon - A WOW entry

I have always believed that knowledge is divine. I have a compulsive disorder (not medically proven, but I think so) of finding out more about everything that I come across.

I like to know where my food comes from, where my clothes come from, more about the places I like, background of people I like, places I might never visit, new ways, new things, history, plans, etc. and for all of this I have one stop – “Google” the god.

I believe my world will come crashing down if this search engine stops working someday. When I come across something that I need to Google, I can’t wait. My hands twitch and I start typing the key words on my phone irrespective of the place I am (I love my Google more than a dinner date)

So here is something that makes me laugh and embarrassed at the same time. But I found this occasion to share with you all.

I was travelling to Scandinavia, and it was my first trip to Europe. I took a flight from Delhi at about two o clock at night and reached Frankfurt at ten am IST. I was so late for my connection, that I didn’t get a chance to even grab a coffee. I am one of those people who cannot eat or sleep on board, so here I was, without anything for last eight hours.

When I got out of the airport in Bilund, the bus that was supposed to take me to the city was about to leave. The next bus was after two hours. Not used to the chilly wind of November, I preferred to take that bus than to get some food and wait for two hours.

When I reached my hotel, it was about two pm GMT. So basically I had only had some four bottles of water over last seventeen hours and I don’t need to tell you that I was famished.

Hotel denied any sort of room service (and it was horribly expensive) so I, along with a colleague decided to walk down to a restaurant.

The server who came to serve us didn’t know English, and I didn’t know Danish. In some sign language and after seeking help of another customer, I tried to explain my server that I was a strict vegetarian and I didn’t take chicken, meat or fish. He nodded happily and pinpointed to a spring roll in the menu card. I trusted his decision and ordered one.

When the dish arrived it had a lot of greens inside the rolls and even on the sides. I happily finished mine within next two minutes, while my colleague struggled to finish his chicken dish.

However, there was the name of the dish that had stuck with me. The dish was called “kammusling grønt forårsrulle” which translated into scalloped veg spring roll. I believed that scalloped vegetables was a a method of cooking. But remember the Google lover in me? Sadly, my data plan didn’t work on international roaming, so I waited to find more about origin of the name scallop and about this dish when I reached hotel.

As soon as I reached hotel I Google’d the word. And two minutes later I was running to the loo, trying to puke out everything I had just consumed.

My colleague takes pleasure in narrating the incident again and again, and he always ends it by saying that when it comes to food you have already consumed, ignorance is indeed bliss he thought to himself as he saw me trying my best to puke and crying over the new found knowledge.

For those who want to know what happened, the dish is actually called scallop veg spring rolls, and scallop is type of sea food from the oyster family whose meat I had just consumed.

( I found the picture on Google, it isn't exactly how it looked, but somewhat similar.)

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda. We give out a creative writing theme each weekend for Indian bloggers.

34 comments:

  1. Ignorance is indeed bliss. difficult to get pure veg in many countries.

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  2. this is happened a lot of times to me. unknowingly consumed non veg :)
    nice WOW entry

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  3. hahaha reminds me of an incident when my sister-in-law (brother-in-law's wife) accidentally consumed fish curry thinking it to be some great delicacy on their honeymoon trip to Malaysia. The moment waiter told her that it was fish curry she was like you have made me impure by serving me fish curry and now I want a discount on the bill. She still remembers it after three years and has a hearty laugh over the matter. great post indeed.

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    1. Thank you Swati...such incidences become a life time joke.

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  4. I'm a strict vegetarian myself , and I know how difficult it can be to get pure veg food outside. Thankfully in the UAE, it is not a problem yet.
    :)
    on a lighter note, you had told him chicken, meat or fish...probably he thought oysters didnt come under these :D
    Good write Up, Sugandha !

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    1. exactly that what happened Sreeja :p

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  5. It was funny incident. Very nicely written, i laughed while reading.

    Meanwhile, read mine http://mobsmile.blogspot.in/2013/10/ignorance-is-bliss.html

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  6. It happens... there there...:)

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  7. Think about it.. You enjoyed it while you had it and got rid of the hunger, that def. weighs high up there doesn't it.. But yes ignorance is bliss more often than not :)

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    1. Seeta, I can't say I enjoyed it now.

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  8. You actually tried to vomit out something you finished in a jiffy as you were hungry... They say it's okay if one unknowingly makes a mistake! :)

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    1. Hehehe...I am a veg by choice, and the idea of eating an oyster was yuck.

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  9. I am also a vegetarian...if it was me, I'd feel terrible too.

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  10. Ignorance would have been bliss for you, if not for Google!
    Travelling abroad used to be a massive problem for vegetarians. Things have improved over the last few years.

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  11. LOL :D I guess most vegetarians would have such 'scary' tales to narrate!!

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  12. I agree with the comments from Shilpa Garg

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  13. I know. I know. I am strictly a vegan on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Courtesy: Marriage :)

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    1. I have never been able to understand the concept of being veg on certain days.

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  14. Oh no!! LOL boy in your case you were better off not knowing. ♥ It will be along time before you will be able to live that one down bless your heart.

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  15. Aww we vegetarians do face that issue. Yes ignorance is a bliss at times :p

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  16. ignorance is a bliss and internet seems to be at logger heads always :D :D

    Richa

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  17. Aww. poor you ! yea, its very intimidating when you are travelling abroad. Extensive research is required, which always falls short some where ..

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