(Dedicated to a Vegetarian World – Deepak Sarkar, www.kolki.com)
used to love meat!
was raised among poultry and fish!
could excite my hunger best
just thought of curried egg and omelet!
I kept on losing
for meat and poultry
was still favorite,
the look became detesting!
in a meat based society
sudden conversion wasn’t easy!
times it felt like self-defeating
I learn my own way of cooking!
spices for the flavor I was missing
vegetables that appear appetizing
good ripe fruit made my mouth watering
substitutes tasted great without smelling!
my desert egg-less rice pudding
famous like Grandma’s cooking!
it made me a better human being
to preach for peace and vegetarianism!