Originally posted by Rehanism
Originally posted by Polki_ZofiIn Poland (my country and culture/tradition) we are used to eat meat. However, it there is growing interest in vegetarianism.
This is such a cute post...
When I first met my husband at university (he is an Indian), I thought he was certainly a vegetarian. Although, to my surprise he was not. He does yoga and dont drink at all, but when it comes to meat he consumes chicken fish and eggs in plentiful!
He is a Hindu, but I once saw him eat beef with a student from Kashmir ( i cannot say the kashmir guy country as he claim he have no country, and is a political issue in your region). It seem my husband love meat anyway.
Although, I am a vegetarian (egg eating). I don't know if its true vegetarian in India, but I eat the egg for protein.
My mother in law and sister is a complete vegetarian, while my father in law says he can eat anything which move and is not human (funny man)!
India for me still remain mystery ... I dont know how much i know of it, even after last time i travelled. When a child I remember making painting back in school of elephants and camels regarding india. I thought that when I arrive I will find elephant and camel everywhere on every corner ...
Well, Indian society has never been a monolith when it comes to vegetarianism...It has largely been limited to Brahmins, Jains and Buddhists...Though being a hot and humid country, Indians have traditionally avoided red meat...Religious/social taboo on beef is a rather recent - say, medieval - phenomenon...Egg is not considered a part of Vegetarian diet in India, perhaps with few exceptions among Southern communities, though dairy products are. Additionally onion and garlic are also avoided by many veggies..
I am personally experimenting with Vegetarianism for sometime now, solely for humanistic reasons...
my reasons to be vegetarian are also humanistic.
As for my foolishness when a kid , it is obvious maybe because I am from a country which used to be (and still is, comparatively) quite isolated in terms of globalization. We had ideas, and I never saw an Indian before I went to university, where I saw a few in my classroom, and only a handful (maybe 15) in my entire university.
I remember some of my friends were thinking that India have everyone with turban, but I was sure that it cannot be so! So yea, we had less idea. There days are different though. The 90s did not have so many sources of information as today, and people who were born in small towns had (and still, mostly have) their lives within their own little systems, revolving around the Church. This is the most real view of Eastern (Slavic) parts of European life that I am giving you, so it can be noted .
Indian vegetarianism seems different. You are right that they dont eat egg as I found with my mother in law and sister in law. However, I do. I guess my vegetarianism is Polish . I need protein, specially coming from the part of the world I am from, it is necessary that we consume egg atleast! Indian weather allows Indians to cut on egg.
I think that eating egg cannot be harmful as it don't hurt anyone. So it can go with humanism . I encourage my husband to eat vegetables, I tell him about his own country , but it seems he tries just as long as he doesn't come across the next restaurant! He cooks well too.
Infact, he is not serious to leave meat. We have a son, and I thought I would make him a vegetarian, but now I feel my baby can decide for himself. It is a very personal choice. But it is good to inform others as to why you made the choice. One thing I will surely do is to teach my son on how to love animals.
One thing I really admire in my husband, is that he dont drink. For him, I even left my occasional drinking (in some special occasion). At first it seemed odd, but now, after I look at some of my friends and their families, I feel he is intelligent.
Infact, there is no need to consume something that you don't need as a must to remain happy and content in your life. This keeps life lighter and more livable.