Tragic Tale of a Pakistani Vegetarian

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    The tragic tale of a Lahori vegetarian



    The value of a society is usually gauged by the way they treat their minorities. Folks, I confess to being a minority. No, I am not a non-Muslim; I am not gay, or a lesbian; I am not an atheist, nor am I fat (not that there is anything wrong with that).

    I am a vegetarian and I have spent most of my life answering stupid questions with uneasy looks and evasive answers. Questions like the following have often been put to me:


    “Why aren’t you eating anything baita (child), do you have a medical problem?”

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    “You don’t eat red meat, that is all right. Have some chicken?”



    I have had to laugh off jokes about me being ‘born on the wrong side of the border’ and ‘born to the wrong parents’. I have left countless weddings, dinner parties and Eid get-togethers with an empty stomach. I have quoted facts and figures and even Dr Zakir Naik to argue against the assertion that you just can’t live without consuming meat. I have frequently been diagnosed as someone who has ‘nakhra‘ (attitude problem) or a phobia.

    There are no exclusively vegetarian restaurants in Lahore, Islamabad or Peshawar. I haven’t been to Karachi yet, so I can’t say with accuracy if the same applies there. The maximum I can get at fast food restaurants is french fries – I can’t even get a vegetarian burger like the fast food chains abroad offer. This is despite the fact that around 5% of Pakistanis are vegetarians (this is mostly speculative as no definite data is available). There is even a Pakistan vegetarian society whose primary objectives are to ‘promote humanitarian, moral and nutritional aspects of vegetarianism’. There is a group on Facebook named “Pakistani Vegetarians” that has a grand total of 21 members.


    According to blogger Maryam Arif:



    Amber Raheem Shamsie writes:



    As if living as a vegetarian was not difficult enough, living as a vegetarian in Lahore is even worse. It is a bit like blasphemy to live in Lahore and not eat meat. Lahoris are often offended when you tell them you are a vegetarian. It is an insult to their intelligence. How can anyone voluntarily give up the meat delicacies that constitute our cuisine? Surely you must crave Mohammadi nehari, behari kebab from Bundu Khan, seekh kebab, siri paye, macchi of mozang chungi and the mouth-watering abundance of Food Street.

    I have decided that enough is enough. I am out of the closet now. I am sick of your siri paye, qormas, seekh kabab, gurday kapooray or whatever. It is my choice to willingly forsake such pleasures, so please stop pestering me.

    I feel that our society is quite exclusionary i.e. we do not like people who are differ from the norm. We do not appreciate the value of minorities. We tend to like conformity more than dissent.

    The tragic tale of a Lahori vegetarian – The Express Tribune Blog
     
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    I know atleast two muslims who are pure vegetarians and they (atleast to me) put it down just to taste. One was a Pakistani from Multan and the other an Indonesian (although the Indonesia would take fish). Both for the the first in my life in Australia.

    I must confess that I too was a bit suprised to hear that both of them were vegitarians and that too just because they didn't like the taste of meat.
     
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    vegetarianism annoys me.
     
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    I was a strict non vegetarian.

    Yes, I rarely touched vegetables!

    These days, I have no qualms in having a wee bit of vegetables.

    It is like a palate cleanser!
     
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    One should have both because it is balanced diet rather than only eating vegetables or meat.

    i have seen bengalis claiming to be pure vegetarians and then feasting on fish :rofl:
     
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    The blogger has presented his problem which appears to be worse than America where they give a beef as part of Veg burger and while flying you got to specify that you are Asian vegetarian !!

    At least one gets vegetables and dal in Pakistan and Roties are not flavoured with meat.
     
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    Most muslims get scared of me because of my non-vegetarianism i eat too many varieties of meat without any distinctions
     
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    Bengalis always do the opposite of what they claim
     
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    The tadka is in animal (mostly cattle) fat.
     
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    Have you tried this?
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    looks tasty what is it frogs?
     
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    chimgadar.
     
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    Fruit Bat meat.


    Bat Tracks | Down To Earth
    I had it only once in childhood. Tastes great with lots chilly powder. cooked outdoors near a forest.
    But beware some varieties carry rabies.
     
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    Explain me more explain me more about it my mouth is watering
     
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    I ate this at kaatpaadu but the preparation was a bit different.South India has got some great non-veg options
     
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    I don't remember much, but I loved it.

    I guess it was bought from some traditional fowl hunters near Trichy back in the 90s. refer to the article.
     
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    anyone got any good south Indian non-veg dishes/recipes excluding fish ? all we get here in north is dosa & sambar type food which doesn't fall on my good side.
     
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    natu kodi?Kavujulu?wild boar?goat blood?goat intestine?cow udder you name it?
     
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    I prefer mutton and beef....not a big fan of chicken,pork,fish.
     
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    Why non-vegetarians tries to prove some point every time, even when its not relevant ?:rolleyes:
     

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