I would start with a story. A man goes to a restaurant and orders a sandwich. When the waiter serves him the sandwich, he throws it in a trash-bin and orders one more. Even the other sandwich lands in trash, without that person eating even a mouthful. He repeats this process three more times before he is asked the reason why he does so.
“I can afford it.” comes the answer.
“But are you really hungry? If not, why are you ordering the food just to throw it?”
“I told you. I can afford it.”

End of story – and one question for you: what do you think about this man?
I guess many of you would despise him for such behavior.

But if we think a bit further, isn’t this something similar to what many of us are doing daily in our canteens? We take large helpings of food, which then we are hardly able to finish. And finally the food ends wasted.

There are millions of people in our country and in many other countries who are not able to earn enough even to take one meal per day. If today we take our food with just a little more watchfulness, eventually it would help so many people who go to sleep every night with an empty stomach.

There is a custom in many religions to say prayers before having their food. People used to thank God for giving them food for that day. They considered themselves blessed and privileged to be able to have food.

Today, just because we can afford much more luxury, we take so many things for granted. Let’s think about others and let’s not waste food.

8 thoughts on “Food

  1. seen this happening in canteens..but im careful with food.. i take as much as im sure to be able to finish.. if needed, i head for a second helping.

  2. This is extremely important discussion. Take it forward. One of the things that we have done at home is to practice and also encourage our son to be aware though it irritates him. Hopefully when he grows up, it will be natural to him to avoid wasting food.
    Even in canteen, my natural instincts pushes me to point out to colleagues on the table and probably it will not go well with the well healed experts of table mannerism. But coming from a land where we respect parents, and taught to see god in everything makes a difference.

    i like the concept of praying before eating which is a practice in our indian culture but somewhere it has been lost. i will like to take it up “religiously” and not as religion.

  3. @Mandira: True… in fact, this post originated when I was sitting in our office canteen, and observed people wasting food…

  4. @Kalyan: Really heartening to hear the way you teach your son…
    … and quite true… there are many things in religion which are good practices in itself… so rather than following the religion blindly, it is good to understand their rationale and then follow the principles.

  5. Very true.. have seen this happening in canteens and more so in marriages.. People do not realize the worth of food, til they get it without pains.

  6. @Anju: Yes, even in marriages… people just fill their plates with all the stuff possible, without even giving a thought as to how much they will actually be able to finish…

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