SHERNAAZ ENGINEER's blog on the Parsi community

Saturday, June 19, 2010



Banish those Botas!
What, for most Parsis, is the worst word in the English language? It begins with the letter ‘V’… ‘Vegetarian’!
No affront or insult could possibly be worse than the blood-curdling indignation, alarm and aversion that ‘V for Vegetarian’ induces. Parents almost always never teach it to their children, preferring A for Aleti-Paleti, B for Boomla, C for Chhamna… instead.
When it comes to tucking in, bawajis just cannot do without their botas – reformists and traditionalists alike. Food is the great leveler for every Parsi reveller!
Suggesting vegetarianism is akin to asking Warren Anderson to return to India and take some accountability for the Bhopal gas tragedy – it’s pointless and a perfect waste of time. So why are we bothering to bring it up?
Well, it’s Bahman mahino – that time of year when we’re supposed to spare poor little animals the tragic plight of being butchered, basted, broiled, baked and barbecued for our meals – at the very least on some days of the month.
Ouch!
Should you decide to continue reading ahead, a few unresolved questions: Are animals meant to be eaten? We have heard of the food chain and how vegetables are intended to be eaten by animals and, conversely, animals are supposed to be eaten by human beings. This is theoretical the ‘cycle of life’, but is it really so?
Do animals hurt as much as we do? In their final moments, as the fish is hooked and writhing for that last breath before being forever stilled for saas-ni-machhi, or the goat is hacked and bled to death for Sunday’s dhansak-kawab, or the chicken is slaughtered and de-feathered for those deep fried faarchas, in their final moments, do animals feel the pang of separation from the little families they have nurtured… or been nurtured by? Do they wish they could spend a few more moments on God’s great earth, unfettered under a blue sky (or a starlit one), instead of having their lives snuffed out for voracious human palates?
Parsis have been indomitably feasting on animals for the longest time. We even seem to delight in all their bits and parts with grisly zeal – puchri, doki, pag, bheja, kalejee, paya, khariya, jeebh… go on, feed your greed!
Our lagans and navjotes are occasions for mass animal slaughter. Of course, we don’t feel guilty since we don’t actually kill the animals ourselves – we just pay the butchers to do so and enjoy our meal. Which is how it should be, isnt it? Our social conditioning ensures we don’t get unduly bothered.
Vegetarians are often asked, aren’t you killing plants when you eat them? Perhaps. Or perhaps not – most fruits and vegetables are the offerings of plants and trees. You seldom eat the whole plant or tree itself.
Animals on the other hand are, well, animate. They run, they yelp, they see, they react, they bleed. Ironically, as a community, we love animals and care for them with the sort of deep devotion you don’t often find.
Bahman mahino, then, ordains a little more respect and a little more restraint when it comes to making a meal out of innocent animals. They have a right to life too.
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15 comments:

SOUTH ASIA BLOGGER said...

It's against our religion to be vegetarian!!! :)

陳芳 said...

幸福不是一切,人還有責任。.................................................................                           

郁雨郁雨 said...

pleasure to find such a good artical! please keep update!!.................................................................

凱文凱文 said...

成熟,就是有能力適應生活中的模糊。.................................................................

王名仁 said...

It takes all kinds to make a world.............................................................

俊淳俊淳 said...

blog不錯唷~我會常常來看的~加油~!! ..................................................................

JasonBirk佳琪 said...

Poverty tries friends.............................................................

王伯亞王伯亞 said...

吾錯吾錯...我平時都好鐘意用呢d~而家學多好多~thx+0+......................................................

張怡 said...

請繼續發表好文!加油加油加油!..................................................................

宥妃宥妃 said...

不要去想沒拿到的東西,多想想自己手裡所擁有的..................................................

王美妹 said...

雖天地之大,萬物之多,而惟吾蜩翼之知。..................................................

佳瑩佳瑩 said...

你不能改變容貌~~但你可以展現笑容.................................................................

惠慧萍婷 said...

傻氣的人喜歡給心 雖然每次都被笑了卻得到了別人的心..................................................................

平幸蔡婉玲杰 said...

Joy often comes after sorrow, like morning after night.. . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

恩宛玲如 said...

果然是好文章 受益良多 感謝分享 ̄ 3 ̄............................................................