‘She will have one chapatti and the Dal. I will have 1 plate chicken Dum biriyani with 2 eggs and the boondi raita'.
I sat bewildered and before I could react, the petite dainty waitress was already on her way to the next table to take orders.
‘Are we on a budget here? ‘ – I ask him.
‘No. Why do you ask’
‘Well cause, I would have preferred to eat more than just one chapatti and 3 spoons of dal’. I couldn't hide the sarcasm from my voice. Nor the pangs of my hunger.
He started laughing.
I didn't see the joke.
He looked my way and he realized I wasn't joking.
‘Are you serious? Come on now, you are a girl’.Now I burst out laughing.
He looked offended. Apparently that wasn't my cue to laugh. Nor was it his attempt at making a joke.
‘Do explain’. I urge him.
‘You know. Girls never have more than chapatti. In fact they cannot even have the one chapatti. In all my other dates, I have had the girls waste away so much food, I felt my fingers burn when I paid for it from my wallet. ’
‘Moreover. You don’t need to have a healthy appetite. You can do with a bit of dieting. After all, isn't it a fad among all girls to be on constant diets?’
He was proud in displaying his wisdom on what he assumed was unique to the species called ‘girls’.
‘So who exactly wrote this rule book that you are quoting from?’ I can never resist being sarcastic when it comes to any ‘Mr. Know it all’.
‘Hey! it’s general knowledge. Girls don’t like to eat. There is nothing for you to take offence on.’ He still stood his ground.
‘Well, I am not sure I understand your point, but are you telling me that being a girl, I shouldn't feel hunger?’ - I needed him to clarify.
‘Yes. Girls are all about being dainty. I am surprised you are even arguing with me on this fact. Girls don’t argue and girls don’t have a big appetite’.
For the rest of the dinner, I ate my 1 chapatti in silence.
As my reward, after dinner, I hear him tell the waitress ‘1 black-current ice-cream for the lady here please’.
I am not a fan of ice creams but I absolutely hate black-current.