To eat or not to eat?

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Maggi is her favorite. It is the only thing which stays with her while everything else betrays her. She is feeling nostalgic as she remembers all the heavenly time she has spent with it. She remembers how she used to cook maggi which usually took more than 2minutes in her hostel room to kill her hunger as the food at the mess was nothing else but crap, she called it the most atrocious food ever.  Small branches in sambhar, spider in daal, unknown insects in rice, stapler pins in dosa’s, cockroaches in baingan bharta, everything except aloo in aloo ka parantha. Her first date with her boyfriend was also spent having a plate of soupy maggi on a rainy day; she still blushes reminiscing about it and how can she forget her tour to Sikkim, where she literally survived on maggi as she couldn’t digest momo’s. Those afternoons when she didn’t feel like cooking, maggi was there to rescue her, the tasty instant noodle. She loved to experiment with it, by adding few veggies, masalas, cheese and schezwan.

But now what? Will they ban it? She cannot even think about her life without maggi, but the ban is necessary right. Her facebook newsfeed showed that maggi contains Monosodium glutamate (MSG) and lead in excess of the permissible limit. She googles both of these chemicals and she realises that these additives are harmful for health, especially for children. They have been used in the food industry for years, but only up to a permissible limit. The recent sample showed that Maggi contained 17 parts per million of lead, whereas the permissible limit is only 0.01 parts per million.

She feels depressed as the snack that she has been slurping on and relishing for years could be the reason for potential weight gain, brain damage, liver inflammation, high blood pressure, and can also cause damage to her nervous system. She feels that her little brain is way too naive to comprehend the mentality of the big corporate which produces maggi, how can they just sell such harmful substances by calling it healthy, it is so inhuman.

Her stomach growls, she gets up and goes to the kitchen. Her eyes dart towards the pack of maggi, she picks it up and throws it in the trash.

She then takes her bowl and starts to assemble a salad, and says; “Well, this time it’s not just for Instagram.”

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36 thoughts on “To eat or not to eat?

    Little Rants said:
    June 2, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    To eat. I would eat this and die happy.

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      preetixd responded:
      June 2, 2015 at 6:35 pm

      Lol, I doubt Msg and lead consumption will give you a happy death.

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        Little Rants said:
        June 2, 2015 at 6:35 pm

        I would rather eat Maggi and die happy than not eat it at all!

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        preetixd responded:
        June 2, 2015 at 6:41 pm

        You will not demand for a better product? Which will in reality be ‘Taste bhi, Health bhi?’
        Are you really okay with the fact that you have been cheated by the Maggi producers?
        Being consumers and paying for it, it is our responsibility to make sure that what we are eating is not harming our health in any ways.

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    Prateek Kohli said:
    June 2, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    When I heard the news I went through very similar thoughts. Why Maggie, why! Yes I too have been surviving on it all those 5 years in the hostel serving everything in everything except aloo in aloo parantha 😀
    Its probably the first thing all of us learn to cook in our lives and somehow it is still so irresistible. I thought of writing about this but was too weak to say bad about it 😀
    The mix of nostalgia and betrayal, well expressed 🙂

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      preetixd responded:
      June 2, 2015 at 7:05 pm

      Thanks Prateek!
      I actually felt the betrayal, I wanted to write so many things but many were not fitting there in my context. I am seriously failing to understand this materialistic world where everything is about money and no moral values. The makers, not even for once thought about the consumers, the little kids mostly and how harshly will it affect them.

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        Prateek Kohli said:
        June 2, 2015 at 7:11 pm

        It is understandable, Preeti. Though, I feel there can be an another side to the story. Maggie is in the industry for over 20 years now and is absolutely unaffected by the many substitutes that keep coming in the market like Wai Wai, Yippie etc.
        I recently read a case study where it is the foremost priority of the competitive firms to counter the problem called ‘Maggie’.
        The fact that the image was almost unscathed for over two decades and then suddenly all the samples failing in all the tests (tests, which are not being conducted for the first time) might hint at something fishy. Just maybe.

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        preetixd responded:
        June 2, 2015 at 7:17 pm

        I didn’t think about it that way, just being my naive self *hides face*
        But now that I ponder upon your words, I do find something fishy too.

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        Prateek Kohli said:
        June 2, 2015 at 7:40 pm

        Haha! If you are naive, I would probably be Charlie Chaplin 😛
        I might be completely wrong on this and there is a high probability of that. Whatever it is, we’ll miss having those tasty breakfasts, won’t we? 😀

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        preetixd responded:
        June 2, 2015 at 7:49 pm

        Yeah Charlie, we will miss Maggi so much. Time to get back to Poha and Upma 😛

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        Prateek Kohli said:
        June 2, 2015 at 7:52 pm

        You are from Mumbai, right? I’ll prefer vada pao and pani puri then 😛 (And then I complain about my weight-gain :/ )

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        preetixd responded:
        June 2, 2015 at 7:55 pm

        Yeah! I am from Mumbai.
        I don’t like vada pav but I can have pani puri’s all day ❤ My mouth is already watering. Damn.
        And about weight gain, don't get me started. It makes me all emotional. :p

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        Prateek Kohli said:
        June 2, 2015 at 7:58 pm

        Oops! I see we are sailing on the same boat. Anyways, hail panipuri ! They are good for the health of our… ummm… taste buds!

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        preetixd responded:
        June 2, 2015 at 7:59 pm

        Yummumm ❤

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    Robin Vansal said:
    June 2, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    I’ll miss those nostalgic days when I experimented along with my friends with it! Oh ! The days we spent making and sharing different recipes with Maggi, simply Wow! but Alas! is all over now?
    I wished, people in India would have shed some light on the process of making “Sabudana”, but they still eat it & are happy, isn’t it?

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      preetixd responded:
      June 3, 2015 at 5:55 am

      Haha yeah! I love sabudane Ki khichdi 😛

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        Robin Vansal said:
        June 3, 2015 at 8:28 pm

        Okay then! you better not observe the process of making, you might just have a nasty kind of feeling the next time it’s served before you!
        Hmmm…if you still like it after all, you might love watching “Man Vs. Wild”

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        preetixd responded:
        June 5, 2015 at 7:30 am

        You’ve scared me.

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        Robin Vansal said:
        June 5, 2015 at 5:03 pm

        Have you seen it yet?

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        preetixd responded:
        June 5, 2015 at 5:09 pm

        Nope, Will soon :p

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        Robin Vansal said:
        June 5, 2015 at 5:20 pm

        Theek hai!

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    edwinlives4ever said:
    June 3, 2015 at 5:30 am

    We’re all gonna die someday. Better die with a full stomach than die hungry. XD

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    shubhada said:
    June 3, 2015 at 6:48 am

    Hahahaha I loved your last line! 😀
    By the way, we still have Maggi in our shelf, mom intends to throw it away, and we aren’t even protesting.

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      preetixd responded:
      June 3, 2015 at 7:13 am

      Hehehehhe! :p THROW IT AWAYYY!

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        shubhada said:
        June 3, 2015 at 9:15 am

        We will. But it breaks my heart. 😦

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    Himali Shah said:
    June 5, 2015 at 7:41 am

    You have spoken my heart Preeti. I so much love this post. I too have switched to salads and fruits to satisfy my cravings.

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      preetixd responded:
      June 5, 2015 at 7:47 am

      Yeah! 😛 We have to giveup on maggi now , so why not choose a healthy alternative for the same.

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        Himali Shah said:
        June 5, 2015 at 7:53 am

        Exactly 🙂 🙂 but u have presented this so beautifully…

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        preetixd responded:
        June 5, 2015 at 7:54 am

        Thankyou so much!:D

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        Himali Shah said:
        June 5, 2015 at 7:56 am

        Keep writing. . I’m a big fan of yours

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        preetixd responded:
        June 5, 2015 at 8:17 am

        Hehe! Nobody ever said this to me, I feel so flattered and so good! Thankyou so much for motivating me! :*

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    AdiC said:
    June 7, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    I read somewhere : The brand Maggie was destroyed without conclusive evidence! And hand on my heart, I too feel the same. I am obviously not touching the packets for a while, but each time I am home alone with a rumbling stomach I do glance at the packets and then move on to something with lesser lead. Corporate espionage or a genuine food standard issue? Only a few know!

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      preetixd responded:
      June 7, 2015 at 6:08 pm

      There are possibilities. Sadly, we will never know! Either of them are objectionable.

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    ankitsha said:
    March 9, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    I would to eat whatever other people think about it..i love to eat

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