A recent addition to my list of friends is a young person who doesn’t eat rice. He jogs every evening which is not a great thing to boast about if you do not take the chilling winter into consideration. Despite the weather, he jogs in the park after coming back from work. So, I attributed his aversion to rice to healthy eating habits. But the real reason came out during a conversation fuelled by moderate dosage of alcohol.
He and his brother were only an year apart because of which his mother went through a hard time coping with two active boys in the house. So, his mother asked his grandparents for help. They relented. As a result, my friend moved in with his grandparents and spent his growing up years there. Grandparents being grandparents, he was treated like a king. He never had to lay a finger on rice. He was fed by them. He never had to dirty his hands!
Now, he hates dirtying his hands. That is the real reason behind the aversion. So, he doesn’t eat rice. He eats rice only while visiting India on vacation where his grandparents or parents or aunts feed him by their hands.
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