"Inside some of us is a thin person struggling to get out, but they can usually be sedated with a few pieces of chocolate cake."Author unknown
Unknown, or simply just not famous enough for people to bother remembering.
I have recently discovered a wondrous form of Indian breakfast and it goes by the name of upma, the etymology of which roughly translates to "salt-and-flour". The flour in consideration here is wheat rava, which is better known in geographical governances in which English is the prevailing and preferred means of conversation by a more melodious name; semolina. Semolina is the gritty, coarse particles of wheat left after the finer flour has been extracted. Because it is made from durum wheat and not the softer wheat that goes into bread, it is digested more slowly and has a low glycemic index, which is jolly good news for people wanting to go blitzkrieg on their weight and blood sugar (i.e. me).
Here's a picture of an upma from the eatery, Pangal - where I've been visiting every morning at 8.30 am for the past four days;
I imagine that it comes in this shape because they are probably prepared in a big pot and and servings are made with an ice-cream scoop or spatula of some sort. Try to get to Pangal (or wherever you prefer to breakfast) as early as you can to get it hot and steaming. Since it's already prepared and sitting somewhere, you get it seconds right after you order. Fast food, indeed.
With a mindful economy of words, upma can be described simply as a savoury semolina pudding (and thus, almost dessert) and it can be easily compared to the Chinese dim sum dish, Lo Mai Gai (which contains glutinous rice filled with chicken, Chinese mushrooms, Chinese sausage and sometimes dried shrimp) - available in most, if not all, Chinese teahouses worldwide with usually minor variations in the recipe. Only, upma is less glutinous and is typically a vegan dish though Shaki said that it kicks ass with ikan bilis/anchovies.
Let's see how long it takes for me to tire of it. Oh, and if you don't already know, semolina is an anagram for "is no meal".
"Gluttony is an emotional escape, a sign something is eating us."Peter De Vries, American editor and novelist
Now here's something startling (at least to me). I went back to Malaysia at the end of August weighing about 75 kilograms, and returned to Manipal 3 weeks ago at a whooping 82 kilograms of what that smart-ass Shaki referred to as "lemak berkrim".
Hold that number in your mind for a bit, okay?
On top of my previous resolution (made in last March) of not taking any elevators at all to any floor in any building, I've decided to up the ante by abstaining from riding an auto rickshaw to any place of any distance within a mile - nearly 2 kilometres - of my house (this includes turning down any offers of riding pillion on a motorcycle1). I have broken neither agendas of my regimental manifesto yet.
The elevator to my lecture hall - Raj got stuck in it last block and those blokes were rescuing him.
Starting concurrently with my upma streak, I have devised a whole new diet and a buck-saver plan for myself. You can skip the details in the list and go straight to the summary in bold letters if you aren't much of a reader.
- I started out having two upmas every morning in the first two days but I have since reduced it to just a single helping, usually with a glass of chai or coffee. It comes to about 13 rupees in total per meal (about one ringgit). It sure beat my old breakfast of oily counterfeit nasi lemak which costs 20 rupees per packet.
- I have also cut out lunch entirely.
- For dinner, I usually go to that roadside shop, Your Choice right outside of Acharya Compund. Their standard portion is enough-rice-to-feed-a-starving-African-village, two chicken dishes, a side of boiled cabbage and a teeny bowl of soup for 35 rupees (approximately 3 ringgits). I simply halved it - taking only half the amount of rice or less, with a single chicken dish at the price of 25 rupees.
- About twice a week, I had a regular thin-crust Domino's pizza pie all to myself for supper (usually a couple of hours after dinner) with a 500 ml bottle of Coke. That's been totally scratched too - at more than 300 rupees every time I dial for pizza, I'm not sorry to see that go.
- The rest of my spending cash goes into all manners of junk food - Lay's potato crisps, Senor Pepito's nacho chips, Cadbury chocolate bars, Minute Maid pulpy orange juice - which would typically cost me roughly 70 rupees a day (6 ringgit). I have decided to completely slice off that disgusting portion of my daily caloric gorge-fest out of my life.
- On top of all that, I have also taken up brushing my teeth at lunch time and after dinner to discourage binging.
I weighed myself today right before dinner and I am down to 73 kilograms. 9 kilograms in 3 weeks! I have even started using belts again! I think I'll go celebrate with a jumbo bag of chips and a can of Coke...
NO!... Must not... return... to the... dark... side...
I only need to cut another 0.3 point from my Body Mass Index to achieve normalcy. Soon, I can finally shake off the yoke of being labeled as overweight and enter the fraternity of normalcy, where I rightly belong, naturally. Back when I was in Lower Secondary, I was one of the skinniest boys in the school! Have I grown or what? Damn, as soon as I get my running shoes repaired and washed by next weekend, I'm starting my old jogging regime again.
Though admittedly it could be a little extreme, the documentary Super Size Me made some very, very loud points about gluttony and overeating. Suddenly, my excuse that I'm not overweight but simply undertall isn't good enough anymore.
I got scared out of my pants, literally.
P.S. Incidentally, Dumbledore - as I've rightly suspected all this time - is gay. Rowling said so herself. We'll see how many little boys now aspire to be homosexual when they grow up. The holier-than-thou parents who have sought to get the Harry Potter books banned from school library shelves are going to foam at the mouth. I'll bet two bucks that she out Dumby just to piss these anal maters and paters off. I'm waiting for the drama and LOLs to ensue.
P.P.S. A crow flew over my head cawing what sounded suspiciously like my surname over and over again. Think that might be something?
Bringing sexy back,
k0k s3n w4i
1 Also because I don't wanna die. There's this autopsy I watched where some Indian bloke bit the dust by simply slipping and falling off his bike - he hit nothing and nothing hit him. He just fell and got pawned by the asphalt.