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5 Things I Find Odd In America

1. Americans will drink anything but water It's true. The drinks aisle in the supermarket will have everything from vitamin water to fizzy drinks to fake fruit juice with labels proudly proclaiming that they contain no actual fruit and people will buy any of those, but they won't drink water. Like this guy, who convinced himself he doesn't like its taste! 

2. Meat is cheaper than vegetables And Americans consider it the most natural thing in the world. I find it completely illogical that it is cheaper to buy the meat of an animal that has been fed grain, than buying said grain by itself. But maybe it's just because I'm Indian and I actually know where meat comes from. And milk. And leather. And all the rest. Many Americans seem to be blissfully unaware or in some cases, willfully ignorant. Which leads to memes such as this one.

3. Eating out is better than cooking Especially when you consider that cooking at home involves buying groceries, keeping track of expiry dat…

On The Important Questions In Life

I loved going to the zoo when I was a kid. I'd always loved animals and this was probably the closest I would get to some of them. Then when I grew up a little and came to know more about how the animals were forced into small cages and generally not treated well, I hated zoos with a vengeance. Wild animals were supposed to be in the wild damn it, not in tiny squares of our choosing. Then I grew up a bit more and found out about zoos that have solid conservation programs, helping to preserve species that humans are driving to extinction. Zoos with natural exhibits and no cages. I loved zoos again.
I went through the same flip-flopping on the the question of god, religion etc. As a child, there was no questioning any of it: the pujas, the rituals, the singing and the work. It was as much a part of life as eating or playing. I remember helping my mother with cleaning the puja room, watering the tulsi in the backyard and fetching flowers for my grandfather for the daily ritual. 
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