Dhana: Yes, Thambi. The items, calories and price [proudly presenting himself as ‘menu’ cracker]
Me: Looks weird, na??
Subbu: Taste will be same [and a smile of ‘can’t help it’]Me: Which one should I take?
Dhana: Take this one [pointed at something in bowl, Dhana had capabilities of eating anything]
Me: Hmmm [Thinking…what the heck is that floating thing?]
Subbu: Dude, take this. It looks OK [pointing to some other thing.. Later, I found out that Subbu was good in choosing wise in limited worst options]
I was given with a small rice bowl and a half-cooked fish. To add agony to the misery of my hungry stomach, I had to eat with ‘chopsticks’. Rice was really sticky which can be used as substitute for ‘Fevicol’ and fish, fish was not cooked properly, its eyes were out and I felt they were looking at me… if I had gazed it for few more seconds then it might have yelled back “asshole, what are you looking at like a pervert?… are you a fish ‘rapist’?.. Bloody eat me fast, it pains when half cooked”.
That was creepy feeling. I was hungry like a pig so I cut down my flying thoughts about fish and ate it. Like this everyday at canteen used to be an adventure in its own sense. While surviving the office canteen, I thought it was my pay back time to all the sins I committed.Whenever I had been to office parties, I used to recall ‘good old’ Discovery channel shows as all the creatures which I had seen on the documentaries used to be on our dining table. I don’t know how they catch these things and how they derived a ‘recipe’ to cook these weird creatures (actually speaking ‘recipe’ has just virtual meaning in Japan) I think cooking method is simple, catch the creature and serve it…
I ate my life’s most interesting things in ‘Izakai’ (traditional Japanese bars). I call it interesting and thrilling as I never felt that my food will jump out of the plate. Most interesting items were live octopus, and half grown frozen duck…Thanks to ‘evolution of my eating habits’, within few days I adapted to Japanese food and slowly started feeling that I will pass the survival test and in reality I aced in it. Surprisingly, I gained 4-5 KGs in six months, as I ate everything and anything which I saw on dining table [fight of survival started and ended in my stomach]. Even today when I watch Discovery, I remember Japan, office canteen and office parties!!!