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.”