Friday, December 7, 2012

Le Rice Upma!

It was another usual day of my college. I had a lecture and a lab in the morning session. I definitely need a separate post to tell you about the labs and the lectures in our college which I will probably do it later. After that we had that most expected hour, the lunch! The lunch period as we used to call it in our school days, which later changed to lunch break in our college period, has been the most welcomed period in the life of the students. The lunch period not only gave us the required break from those hectic sleepy classes but also various other possibilities which we are likely to discover during our own lunch periods. These breaks must have certainly molded several people to what they are today. These gifted times midst the routine activities help us develop our personality traits and the other characters needed to face this challenging life.



Coming to that day in my college, our gang (some 7 or 8 who hail from from my area) assembled for the lunch in the famous Sundial of our college. We were discussing about the morning sessions and each of us told the way our classes happened. It led to various useless, frivolous talks (it usually does) including movies, friends, games, buses etc. We usually behave like highly qualified critics and we don't leave out any area in which are interested. We gradually gave in to the topic of food. I asked each one about the food item they despised the most. Each one mentioned their own dislikes. The girls had several items in their hatred list and they took so long to finish their list which we had no option but to listen with patience. There was brinjal, puri, sambar, beetroot, and lady’s finger and so on. We all had this non-vegetarian items as a common disliked item for we all the tambrahms. And then it was my turn. 

"Oh! I asked this and I didn't think of an item! What do I despise the most?" I wondered.

"Hey, you are supposed to be the Bhima of this gang. How come you can despise an item?" one of my friends mocked.

"Oh does that supposed to be funny? It didn't. Better luck next time!" I gave him back.

"So what do you hate?" asked another. 

"Hmm! Wait...." 


(After a few seconds)

"Yeah got it! How can I forget! It's the Arisi Upma (Rice cake)! I despise it! I hate it! Yuck!" I exclaimed.

"What? I too don't like!"
said one.

"I like it a lot!" claimed other.

"I also like it! Being a Tambrahm how can you hate it?" shouted one more.

"I neither like nor hate the upma." told the other.

And I found it happy that there is at least one who has my taste in hating upma. And what do I hate in it? Well! To be frank, I don't know why I hate it but I do hate it. A huge number of variations of Upma are made with whole or refined ground wheat and rice of varied grain size, vermicelli, Durum wheat semolina or pearl sago. A wide range of vegetables may be added, and may be garnished with a variety of beans (raw or sprouted), cashew and peanuts. For a variation called masala upma (known as 'Kharabath' in Karnataka), sambar masala or garam masala is added along with red chilli powder, instead of green chillies. This is what the Wikipedia defines Upma! I don't dislike all these types but only the type made of rice. But the fate is that my mom and sister find it too much palatable to eat and that alone marks the end of my fate.

And the lunch got over as soon as it usually does. The afternoon session was only for 2 hours and about 4 of us started together to home. We were talking throughout the journey in bus and train. We reached MIT in Chromepet where we took our vehicles and started. It was one of the others who started this idea of eating Pani puri in a stall. All the four but for me accepted to eat. I usually think once or twice before eating outside. I was in a confused state whether to eat out or not. I had this greedy tongue (that is why they should have called me Bhima!) which took the better of me. They also persuaded me in eating outside. I actually love Pani puri and all these road side shop items. That was when my mother called me asking where I was. I told that I was in MIT and she told me to come home and eat the Tiffin she had prepared, not to eat anything outside. Then I remembered that I had told my mom to prepare some delicious Tiffin for the evening. I told a "wow" and cut the call. Then I turned to my friends.

"Hey, I am sorry. My mom has Tiffin prepared for me."

"So what da? Have a plate of pani puri and go home and eat what your mom has prepared!"

"No da. If I eat here, I will not eat properly at home. My mom might scold me after all she has prepared the Tiffin only for me."

"Atleast have half a plate! That is not going to full your stomach! C’mon!"

"Nope! And also that I have 10 rupees only which will not suffice!"

"Arey! No problem, I shall sponsor you!"

"No da! I am leaving home! You guys have fun!"

"Ok atleast spend time with us till we eat and leave stupid!"

"Hmm yeah okay!"



He punched me in my stomach. We went to our regular place and we ordered. We knew the shopkeeper well that he asked me why I didn't eat. I explained him that my mom had Tiffin ready for me at home! I also thought why all these people were persuading me today. They offered me a piece. I declined their offer. 

"Hey have at least a piece!"

"It’s ok! You guys have!"

"Hey leave him! Let him be hungry! Let him go home and find nothing to eat!"

"Hey why are you cursing you stupid? My mom has everything ready! Go to hell!"

After sometime we left the place and I headed straight to home.


"Amma! I am starving! Please give me the Tiffin!" 

"Go wash your face and come!"

"Cha! Ok!" 


"I have kept it on the table. Eat it!" 


I came eagerly to the hall and found my dish covered with a plate! I greedily opened the plate and..........

Yes! It was Arisi Upma! My friend's curse went true! My mom forgot that I despise Arisi Upma! There's a proverb in Tamil whose translation goes like this: No matter how hungry the tiger is, it'll not eat grass. I too did the same! Lol! I didn't eat it and I starved the whole evening.


I told all of them the next day and everybody laughed during the entire lunch break. I had no option but to smile idiotically. 


Image: Wikipedia

Moral: Never decline an offer to eat because you have something at home to eat. After all, you might end up like me!

24 comments:

  1. Hahaha... this is a hilarious post. Should have eaten the pani puri while you had the chance! I will pretty much eat anything except non-veg if I am hungry... and although I don't particularly like Arasi Upma, I would have eaten it if I was in your shoes!

    Good laugh! :D

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    1. :D That's what I told.. I am a tiger and I won't eat grass even if I am starving :P Thanks for that comment :) :D

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  2. Hahaha... one of the funniest things I have read in a while! Should have eaten the pani puri while it was there for the taking! If I was really hungry... even though I am not a huge fan of arasi upma, I would have eaten it! :P The only thing I refrain from is non-veg! Thanks for the good laugh :D

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    1. Guess you have commented twice :D Thanks again :P :P Yeah should have eaten it :D But fate :P

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    2. hahs for some reason I thought my first comment didn't go through properly... hence the second comment! Hehe :P

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  3. hahaha, that was a fun read!! hey, i love upma and who is that friend of yours who hates puri. how can anyone on earth hate puri?

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    1. Thanks for that :) Hey you know that there are people on this earth who dislike puri because its oily and they should be those health-conscious group.. Even my sister, she dislikes it :D :D And you love upma? That's quite an information for me :P :P

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    1. :D Thanks... Analogous to tiger :P :P

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  5. I used hate Arsi upma, when i was of your age. For along time I would avoid eating it because of this mental block. But then I got to taste it in my in law's place and it tasted really good, and my MIL would make idly Kozkaitai, which is basically arsi upma only made into oblong shaped balls and steamed like idlis, it used to taste very good , and I learnt to make it from her. I make this type of Idly quite well and my husband also loves it. it goes very well with mulgai podi and coconut chutney, but I love it with mulagai pdi only.
    It also depends on who makes it and how they make it. And it should off white in color not brown as shown in the picture. These days I hardly make though it is quite easy to make. I had once blogged about it and put up some pictures too. Soon a lot of my friends suddenly remembered this tasty tiffin and got inspired by my blog and made this idly in their homes and put up the pictures in FB.

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    1. Maybe it could be the mental block.. But my mom's arisi upma is one of the most sought after dish in my kith and kin... It is white in colour and I personally hate it not that she doesn't prepare well.... And also She does that rice kozhakattai which also I hate and so the only answer is that its my dislike for rice upma and not any other... Thanks for that comment :) :) Hope to read that stuff in your blog :D

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  6. Ha ha ha friends curse do come true :) :) I truly wonder why you hate Arisi upma though.. any specific reason to HATE it sooo much :)

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    1. Yeah.. :D stupid friends :D No specific reason.. but some tastes never please us... :D Thanks for the comment :)

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  7. I worked in Chennai for two years and had a variety of Upmas in breakfast. Although I liked them but I have had them in abundance. My apetite for them have gone down now.

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    1. That's a good news indeed :D because there is one more to join my side (at least for a few days till your appetite goes up for that!) And not that I dislike all the varieties but only that one made of broken rice :D Thanks Amit :)

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  8. oh so sad:( you went hungry then. I like arisi upma made in vengala paanai. BTw, i also liked your description in the 'ABout me". Keep writing :)

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    1. I did not go hungry, I went starving :D Vengala Paanai? Maybe I should my mom to do in it :D Thanks for the compliment :) You keep visiting my blog :)

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  9. Poor you. My mom used to tell me that you may not like a dish, but you should always eat whatever you get (as long as your capacity permits - not overeat).

    www.anucreations.blogspot.in

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    1. Haha yeah... One of the few which mothers usually tell us.. :) Sure will look at your blog :)

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  10. hahahahaha..... That had me in splits... Cheers to Arisi Upuma :P:P

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    1. Thanks :D And I am disappointed that you didn't participate in blog-a-ton after all you suggested the topic :D

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  11. Lolz...you should have tried eating it...who knows you would have started loving it!

    Nice narration.

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    1. I have eaten it sometime before and that is why I started to develop distaste for it :D Thank you :)

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