June 16, 2012
Eating chicken biriyani alone
Hey ladies have you ever tried eating along in a restaurant? in Chennai?
Well I don’t see ladies eating alone in Chennai, but that was the adventure for the day. I have to eat alone. I have to order my favorite food and eat the spread slowly relishing the food.
Yeah and I did eat alone…..and it was a real weird experience. I had to go the gas station before I drove to the restaurant. I was driving out of the apartment gate, there was this mortar cycle guy who was almost going to hit my car. He started yelling at me on the top of his voice. I ignored him but he wouldn't stop. I saw a cop and I pulled over my car. On seeing the cop that guy fled. Then I explained the story to the cop. The cop was very nice to me. He asked me if I had noted down the guys motorcycle number. I said "no”. He said don’t worry go, next time if something like this happens note down the number
Then I went to the gas station. There was a long queue ...I waited for 10 mins or so.
I had decided to go to the food court opposite my office! I parked my car in the office parking and walked to the food court. I was hesitant, I felt everyone was watching me. For a moment, I thought of a to-go. But I gathered all the courage and ordered food and looked for an empty table. I found one in the corner near a pillar. I went and sat there. My favorite chicken biriyani, hard boiled egg, onion cucumber salad, and some brown curry from the Hyderbadi Biriyani counter!
I closed my eyes and took a deep breath. I looked around to see who was looking at me. I could see that few guys and girls were looking at me and as soon as I saw them they turned their heads pretending as though they were looking elsewhere! I drank little water as my throat was going dry! Then I looked around again. This time I wanted to see how many people are sitting alone and eating. There were couples, group of guys, group of girls, few guys were sitting alone far away, families, but there were no girls seated alone.
I looked at my plate and said now I have to eat this all alone sitting here. I took my mobile out, opened the galleries folder, there he is, the guy who is the reason for this dare! I looked at his face, his smile, his eyes... he must be peacefully sleeping for he lives in the other side of the globe!
I zoomed into his face. The first time the snake and the hawk didn’t attract me much. He has this picture with a hawk on his shoulder and another picture with a snake around his neck. Whenever I open this picture to look at his face, the snake and the hawk take away my attention. His smile, I just thought if he was sitting here opposite to me, he will be looking at me and smiling like this...His face has this geometric shape like the ones the models have
Looking at his face, I didn’t know how I ate, I had consumed half of the food. When I started looking at him, little did I remember that I was sitting and eating all alone! This white European-American guy has every time been so amusing, that I forget myself. He has his ways on the phone or with his mails.
I ate a little more quickly, left a little food in the plate...and walked out of the food court....
Mission accomplished .....sigh sigh
Sangeeta called and I told her that today's adventure "Eating alone in a restaurant"
She asked me "You never did that" I replied "No"
She was surprised, she said “Girl you are kidding!”
I replied "No girl, I am not"
She started laughing, and I started laughing
psst: for people who don't know what a Hyderabadi chicken biriyani looks like