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Sunday, January 08, 2006

See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil

Dead chickens can't do any of those things. (Click on pic to enlarge.)

(Picture taken at Lahore's famous food street in Goval Mandi. A staunch non-vegetarian all my life, I had turned vegetarian a couple of years ago, but shifted back after a year. I've felt occasional pangs of guilt since, but have found it too hard to give up eating meat again. My reasons for turning veg, very broadly, had nothing to do with animal rights, which is a meaningless term, and much to do with animal suffering. We disassociate what the animals go through from the meal on our table, as if the chicken we eat and the chicken that dies in agony are two separate chickens. At least I do, or many of my meals would not be palatable. And there is a dishonesty there that bothered me. So I turned vegetarian. And for various reasons -- perhaps I shall elaborate on this some other time, but my own weakness is surely the main one -- I reverted.

By and by, much fuss was once made of Greg Chappell being vegan. I was impressed when I first heard that, it takes a bit of commitment. Then I read recently in an interview that he enjoys his fish when he goes to Kolkata. Hmmm.)
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