Tuesday, February 21, 2012

An Obsession for Torture



Hello Plate, please mind your own business! 

For a few days now, I have been noticing these traits in people around me. Every single person insists on being tortured to wits end. I am no freaking all time positive soul but this trait bothers me. It is all the more annoying when I notice women are hell bent on making life miserable for others. Yes, you heard it right. That streak of feminism in me is not going to thrive if I continue seeing this range of women.

One of my weekday things to do is to treat myself. These treats are my own way of saying” goodbye” to mid week worries and acting like a heroine from a chick lit movie. Yea, I actually choose a place I would really find good couches one time, good brownies the other time, awesome menu the next time etc.  Once in a while, it is not even a dessert but a spicy craving; but yea – I mentally call it a sweet thing to do.  Last Wednesday, I ordered a chocolate cinnamon roll when a twenty something (just like me ) crossed over to the yoghurt stall next door. Just as I was walking out with my roll, she loudly remarks “Ah! I can never eat a sweet chocolate thing after work! It is such a crime to feed to sugar, after hours of sitting in one place.  Yoghurt has so much goodness”.

May be it was just coincidental but she could clearly see I was around and from my disheveled looks; it is easy to guess where I am from. I find this appalling. I just gave her a dirty look, bit into my roll and walked off in a huff.

What is with women to act like roaming diet freaks, when their own hips are oversized! If you do not believe me and think I am over reacting, try ordering a Choc√≥ lava cake for you with a group of girls. One is bound to either say something nasty, or refuse eating with a look of “how the hell can you do this” or give violent body moves to justify she has never liked chocolate.

One more absolutely disgusting incident is at the health/pharmacy stores like Health & Glow, Watsons etc. Every time I walk by a person who is promoting a product, I am slowly hushed with a madam, madam tone. Now, I respect women who manage to look dressed, stand all day to sell a box of deep sea pearl glitter. Almost always, she starts with the ooh’s and aah’s of her product and mid way, points to my face. Yes, I had acne and some scars remain. It is not exactly cancerous and does not cause earthquakes. So, I live with them.

For the first few times someone did this to me at Chennai, I politely walked away. My anger exploded so hard one day that I screamed at non-stop at a store for over 5 minutes. After that incident, I have refused to step into any of these god damn stores. I will buy my face wash at Food World!

Things like this happen at Singapore too. I simply ignore and give my dirty look. Oh, did I tell you about this one lady who was hell bent on making me buy her aloe vera- red chilli – sea salt scrub to scrub away my inches? Holy Crap!

We women love to torture our counterparts. This is just a simple incident but in reality – we are always measuring up a girl around us.  If I hold a degree in engineering, I will comment openly on why it is the best course to take to a girl who did commerce. I will do this, even if all my engineering knowledge is today wrapped in software coding. If I have a fabulous body or if I am working out now and then, I will make sure I comment on every single girl who does not bother to work out. If I have a boyfriend or getting hitched, I will make sure my single friend knows she is living a dead life. What you folks do not realize is that the rest already know how it is. Everyone has their own head to figure out things and will do it when they wish to.  Until then, you learn to keep your mouth shut and let them eat the cake.

I am very sorry to break your bubble, but men DO NOT do this business. They are too held up on their gaming/porn/movies world – which is by the way fabulous and easy to figure out.

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48 comments:

  1. Agree, agree, agree! You said it, girl. If I wrote a post on the subject, it would be exactly the same. Awesome!

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  2. AS you said "We women love to torture our counterparts"...
    agree with most of the points, at end of the day, everyone across world will differ a lot like their fingerprints....
    Tough to find a person alike us...
    FYI i read this post in reverse mode...
    Chill post but good thoughts beneath it...
    rock on...

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    1. Hey, thanks for dropping by! Reverse mode as in, you started reading from the last line?

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    2. He he not like ARABIC style... but i started from last line :)

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  3. hahahahha! and welcome to the real world...while you are a 20 something...here is a 30 year old telling you that you discovered the truth early darling!!! Every parlour I have visited has told me that I have horrible skin which will decay in 2 years if I dont use their facials, or such awful hair that I will become bald before RD can say boo, and so much fat in my person that if they decided to make french fries for the whole world, I could provide with half the oil/fat required for frying...there there....IGNORE! thats the only thing that I can tell you!

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    1. RM! Cha, this world is so sick. Fat so much to make frenchfries :) LOL, you are too funny! Ignore, Ignore is the key word!

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  4. Bang on! Totally agree, and I have done my share of screaming-at-saleswomen too. What is it with these people??!

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    1. Tell me about it. I cant seem to crib enough nowdays.

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    2. nice one archana,

      most of the secrets about human beings are open

      the one you had described is one more open secret

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    3. You know I just remembered an incident - my bff was getting married, and I was with her at the parlour, along with her future MIL. The parlour lady starts with the usual hair and skin comments, and I am seething inside because it is in front of MIL - it was when she started advicing my friend to start wearing push up bras that I snapped. Would you believe it?!

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  5. For all the 'roaming diet freaks', I have one word - EXERCISE!

    Men's 'gaming/porn/movies world'...LOL! you have them all figured out :)

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    1. Yes, that is the magic word no one wants to spell. Oh yes, it is not very difficult, you know!

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    2. Your way of thoughts and writing reminds me much of my younger sis!
      Wonderful flow of language and well said!!
      The touch of humor throughout is simply awesome!! :)

      Archana, reg your doubts about pulisadam
      The tamarind extract doesnt taste raw at all since we seson the marinated cooked rice before it is served.
      You can use the paste. Dilute and heat it but before marinating. say for one cup of rice bring the amount of extract to 2 tbsps. check the tanginess.. when the grains absorb the sauce the sourness comes down. keep that in mind..
      the rice keeps well in room temp for 6-8 hours (as per chennai temp stds ;) ) should work the same with sg too(hope that's where u are based)

      for 4 large 250ml cups of cooked rice, yes you'll def need 1/4 cup of oil, nallennai, while marinating. you can use may be 2-3 tsps less, but puli, ennai being the major ings here, better dont compromise..
      you can add a tbsp of nallennai, instead of 1/4 cup while you season.. that should be fine!

      don't hesistate to shoot more doubts if you have, girl!

      btw http://thewayialwayswas.blogspot.in is where my lil sis scribbles her heart off ;), if you havent gone thru her place.. will tell her about you too! :)

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    3. Bharathy,

      I do know your younger sis :) and follow her blog. Have always always liked her writing, cooking!

      Allright, now that you have clearly broken down stuff for me - the dud head in me gets it. The puli apparently gets out of the raw taste because of the marinade and the oil. I am going to try this soon. Will send you a pic. Thanks so so much for coming over :)

      I had subscribed to comments responses because I was sure you would respond back :)

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  6. You have written what I have thought so many times, but since I am not a good writer like you I could not do a wonderful post like this! :) I have come across such friends who tell others not to eat this and that, but they themselves cant give up their cravings! Why dont they see their plate and eat!?!! And they talk as if they have hips like Illeana! :) hehe

    And u are so true abt the product sales person too haha

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    1. Teach them the magic word called exercise :) Just dont bother and cook, and eat well - as you always do:)

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  7. thanks sweety for letting us men know the real game of women...fantastic work.y.h

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    1. y..h :) there are no reasons to rejoice - you guys are not rocket science anyways!

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  8. I agree with you for I have seen it happen just too many times and have now started going out in a deaf & dumb mode especially anywhere where you can buy sweets or cosmetics :)

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    1. I dint write here, but I do that in social events too :)

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  9. I completely agree with what you said. Being a guy, I have seen it first hand. Forget about choco lava cake, even if you order a small ice cream, one of the girl has to say about the diet thing...its so irritating some times.

    If you like eating, just do it whole heartedly otherwise just be quiet. Loved reading this post.

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  10. I think that the only advantage of dieting and exercising is that you probably die healthier; but nevertheless, you still die ...:)

    Sure, some bloke once told me that you'll extend ur life by so many more years if u diet.. but I figured that I'd rather die younger n look good in my coffin, than look old in my death bed.... :D

    Oh ya, the Health n Glow babes.. they do hv that irritating habit of tellin u whatever is wrong with u just to get tht extra sale.. think they truly deserve a standing ovation of the middle finger....

    Interesting post, Archana.. just for the record, the bulge in the tummy n the occasional gray hair bugs us men too... but me thinks it doesn't bug us all that much till another younger guy with blacker hair comes up n takes away our women n our opportunities... but yes, thank God for porn/gaming/movies... Advantage Men, I suppose! :)

    Nice one, Archana. :)

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    1. Nah, I like exercise! Get yourself moving, and you will live young! why talk about dying :)

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  11. Hi Archana,

    Enjoyed the read and reminded of similar experiences that i had encountered.

    Every bit of it is true and was able to travel through the post.

    Bye,

    Bhavya M

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    1. Dear Bhavya, what a pleasant surprise to see you here! Chennai is the worst, in this etiquette! So glad you liked it :)

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  12. Well, this was a serious post! And yeah, men do face some of these, but not of such a higher degree.
    Good to see all the 'Myriad Hues' back! :)

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    1. Gah! what do you want other than a post on Mun Andhu Saaral ( which by the way was totally ignored by my head - sorry) :) Glad to see you here often!

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    2. oh! I did ask for that post right! Even I forgot. Ok, other than that, anything like the valentine's day post will do, with a touch of Tamil! You don't know how many times I read that!

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  13. ya i have stopped going to H&G for the same reason even though it is just a stone's throw away from my house. it is so irritating! i have felt at times to tell them, "Pls leave me alone"

    and about women waiting to pick - yeah :((
    actually i wanted to express a smiley with a "disgust" look but dont know how to do it so the "sad" smiley there :D

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    1. How is the disgusted in emoticons? Would it be like this!
      :-S ! There is a reason why local stores sell facewashes :)

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  14. Couldn't agree more Archana. Recently heard someone on Twitter say:

    "I'm happy for you as long as you're not happier than me. ~Everyone"
    Isn't it so true?

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  15. Saleswomen, women in beauty parlours - all the same!They play on our sense of insecurity and pounce in when you show a little vulnerability !

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    1. Yes! I can't but agree. Esp if you trust them for an opinion.

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  16. Men bitch these days! I know how women can be pain in the neck, including me! I crack mean jokes on fat people and unknowingly I do that. I am gained a little weight and am all down because of that, the acne happened too! Don't ask how ill I feel. It is sick how appearance matters so much to us....and I am feeling so sick right now, because I am one such.

    But, I eat everything and wouldn't question a woman eating her fav dessert.

    Men, bitch big time these days, BTW ;)

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    1. He He!I crack jokes on folks who are incapable of doing things I do :) Was very mean that way! Yes, I know men bitch and backstab - but really, it is not as complicated as we do :) and no obsession!

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  17. Lol. Crazy world this be. We all learn that eventually.

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    1. Shit happens, type. We realise it years later :)

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  18. :) do try and let me know girl!..yeah, do send me over the pics :)

    btw, are you thru with Chitra's 'The Palace of Illusions'? heard it's good .. wanted your opinion too..

    i've used a silver plate for the katlis, archana.. (the royal sweet deserves a royal seat too, right? ;))..not happy with the pics though..

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    1. Yes yes! I read The Palace of Illusions! It is one of my favourite books. I found it magical, mythical and a very fine read.

      Silver'a? Pardon my ignorance! Doesnt matter as long as you pass me a piece!

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  19. Even if you go to a new salon to get your hair chopped, they start with how frizzy / weak / damaged your hair is. I want a HAIR CUT, not a HAIR LECTURE!

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  20. Men..ah..umm, yes - agree mostly. :)

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  21. ohhh how how .. pray tell me how is it so easy to figure out .. so I can make sure I ma not figured out next time :)

    made me smile the post at places and although what would i know about a woman's world yet i nodded :)

    Bikram's

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  22. I can SO relate to this. I am a foodie and can tell if the dish needs salt just by smelling it. (Yes, I'm bragging about myself :D )
    And I have friends who survive on half a roti a day and try making me guilty. Like i care! The pimple will go away in 4 days, the fat can be burnt while working out, will the gorgeous dish come back? hell no!

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