Now that our favorite poisonous noodles are back, exactly how much of a blessing do you think it’s going to be? Its dramatic departure, followed by a huge public outcry, however, did break more than a few hearts, but if you think about it, this incident opened our eyes to an essential reality of our times.

Our 2-minute-Maggie is one of the numerous examples of how people with busy schedules have shunned the importance of the quality of their food intake. A bowl of Maggie is always preferred over a fruit salad. Our Maggie has taught us how our skill of cooking has taken a backseat today.

What I find incomprehensible is why people run off to restaurants or eat outs for almost every meal in place of eating home-cooked food? I can understand an occasional indulgence once a while but what drives people to eat out most of the time? Busy schedule?

No inclination towards this ability? It’s astounding that the entire idea of cooking has associated itself with some housewife/outdated/uneducated kind of image. Unless a person has made this field a professional choice (a famous one at that), we don’t actually realize its true worth.

Some working people these days take pride in the fact that they can’t cook. Honestly I don’t think I’ve seen anyone smugly confessing something like this when it comes to their job or salary!

What we need to understand is that cooking as a skill needs to be preserved. What you feed your body is a mirror image of what you feed your mind. Cooking is one of the skills that one requires in order to be independent.

Now before you dismiss me as some eighty-year-old woman, advocating about home-cooked food, let me tell you that I don’t believe that cooking as a skill should just be embraced by women. In a family, all members, whether male or female, must join hands to make meals enjoyable.

In this rat-race and tight schedule, the concept of ‘holistic living’ seems to have taken a dip. In some households, it is a Herculean task to have healthy, home cooked meal for an entire week!

For most of the youngsters out there, I wouldn’t be surprised if you are rolling your eyes at this codswallop. But you never really know where your dream job is going to land you up! So rather than mocking the ‘maa ke haath ka khana’ now, why not save your nostalgia for something else?

So why don’t we inculcate this skill in ourselves and take charge of what we feed ourselves? It is crucial to understand that our living conditions have taken a horrific turn today. And the only thing upon which we still have our control and charge is that of our food intake.

We really cannot bring sea changes, the pollution levels of the city, or perhaps sweep the entire city away of germs. But what we can do for our own health and peace of mind is change our eating habits for the better. Believe me, your body will thank you for every day to come.

Shruti Sharma

A student of English Literature at the Delhi University, Shruti is a diehard fan of Hugh Laurie, J.K. Rowling, Khaled Hosseini and Robert Downey Jr. Passionate about food, books, movies and sitcoms, this Potterhead has found her niche in creative writing and plans to go places.
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