Since I am fast approaching middle age, I thought why not exercise and keep myself fit? So, I have started to walk for around half an hour each day in order to gain the benefits of walking.
But instead of me burning calories, calories are burning me!
When I first started walking, I was on a strict schedule. I did not take any money with me. Those blissfully healthy days – I miss you!!
It all started with a Samosa. Actually, there is one shop near my house that makes some tasty samosas. I was consciously avoiding that route but one day I did go that way. They say,
“Its much easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy those that follow”
How true! Actually, in this shop they serve hot samosas (fresh from oil). Since many people keep buying them, the samosas are always hot! They also have a hot sauce to go with it. So, they will put it in a cup, break the samosas, drench it in a hot sauce and give it to you. All for seven rupees! How can one resist it? So, since I bought my first samosa, I became a regular customer!
Initially the intention was to eat one samosa in a week. But then, it became once in three days, and then… Didn’t I deserve a samosa after a hard session o walking? Well, you get the idea.
I wanted to break this habit. So, I started to take other routes.
In one route, there is a shop that sells hot poli’s. These are like chappati’s, but they have a sweet filling inside. On the top of it, they put hot ghee and sell it for just twelve rupees! I just wanted to taste one of them, but became a regular customer soon after!
In another route, one bakery makes mini-pizza’s. They are small, tasty and have enough cheese to offset all the benefits of walking! All for eighteen rupees. No wonder, I became a regular customer there also!
In another route, there is a chat shop run by a North Indian. So, the pani puri’s and pav bhaji’s are irresistible. No wonder……..
I was fed up with all these tempting shops and decided to take the main road. There are only flats on both sides, and no shops. Ah, a healthy walker stretch at last. Or so I thought.
There was a petrol bunk and a mini supermarket inside it. Normally, it doesn’t come into my purview, but one day I had to buy something else and went inside. On the counter, they had small packs of six mini-samosas. Surprisingly, they tasted so good! From that day, I started to go regularly to that super-market just to buy this mini-samosa pack!
Again, I was determined to escape the clutches of these tempting eateries. So, I decided to walk in a park near my house which is totally closed on all sides and there are no shops or super-markets inside. I thought, how can anyone tempt me now? Again, I was proved wrong. Once I come out of the park, the first thing that my tired eyes looks at, is a Vada vendor (Medhu vada and Masal vada) on the side of the road! I have never seen them while going inside! Strange!!
Recently, I took a very off-beat way and can you imagine what was on sale in one of the shops there? Vada Pav!!!! I have literally searched the whole of Chennai to buy a Vada Pav earlier, but never found one. Now, one shop right around my house sells that also!!
I have not tasted it yet. I guess I win this time 🙂 But I am once again going for walking today evening…………. 🙂
And they say, you can reduce calories by walking. Not in India!! Or at least, not around my house!