Nine (t)1(mes) nine is a (w)eighty one

Let’s talk food. Listen to this blog post on my podcast “Questy Musings” on Google, Spotify, Beaker and Overcast. The anchor link is embedded here.


“Les Français font trois repas par jour. Les enfant prennent souvent un goûter après l’ecole.” This is what a french book says. The french take three meals a day. Children often take a snack after school.

Here in my part of the universe we have 3 meals, 2 snacks/fruit/salad breaks, 3 tea/coffee breaks and 1 anytime snack.

This is us. And if I miss any of these at the end of the day… I feel incomplete. This is how we are. Food is an integral part of our life. I am saying this on behalf of all the people I know well. If anyone is offended, I switch to I henceforth. ( As If I care)

Food is comfort, food is energy, food is a means of continuing our journey on this planet. The diet-freaks, the sportziastics, the homme d’affaires, the mannequins of France, the Judges of reality shows, the Anchors of Breaking News and  we – bloggers, all love food. I am totally in love with Shilpa Shetty’s Sunday Binge and her rolling eyeballs.

The nine so-called food/drink (pun intended) breaks are a reason to break the mundane routine.

The first is the honey-lemon water for the ones interested, plain warm water for others and for the rest is hot chai or coffee.

Break-fast that begins the day with healthy oats, aloo ka paratha, upma, idly-sambar (my favourite), boiled eggs and Juice. Then the snack between break-fast and lunch, mostly pre-lunch in the form of salad to offer solace at 11:45 as lunch is only after 12:30 (work-place rules/school time-table). Before that is the tea-break anytime between 10:15 and 11:15. This tea is magical, the moment to enjoy the day if breakfast wasn’t super kinds.

Moving on to Lunch, cold lunch for the office-goers, unless you have Dabbawallas or Milton, businesswomen/men and corporate women/ men come home or plan a working lunch (ha..ha..) to work and EAT, of course they can multi-task. The rest have a meal with pickle, papad and meetha to add flavour.

Then is the evening chai again (another favourite of mine), thinking of it, I can sense it in the air, the hot vapour and the crunchy smell of chai patti (tea leaves), another motivator to extend the day and continue working. Biscuits are a no-no for me, others can have masala biscutis, murku, nippet, ghatia, mixture, pakora or anthing that is salty and masaledar.

Later a snack before dinner that handles the temptation from chips or a bar of chocolate. and then the Final Dinner that culminates the days cravings. I say “sorry Akshay Kumar” when I eat dinner post 8:00 p.m but promise to  walk a kilometre extra the next morning.

Questy Musings is a musing with a question. Which is your favourite meal time? I believe we need to eat/drink/snack regularly each day and also at the same time. What do you think? 

Anytime Snack is a personal choice, “je vous laisse.” I leave it to you to have your kinda snack at your time.




Author: Srishti Rajeev

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20 thoughts on “Nine (t)1(mes) nine is a (w)eighty one”

  1. Thats an interesting read and title is quite catchy. Yes, we all crave for good food. But each one of us has a different routine and different taste. No wonders why we have so many food channels today and the number is still growing.

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  2. My friends and I are obsessed with food! The only time we shut up is if food is in front of us. We hardly ever remember to take pictures because we’re so busy eating 😀


  3. Food food food… My world revolves around food, dinner being my favorite mealtime… It is the time, in normal circumstances, when the entire family sits together and enjoy a good banter along with food! Amusing post with an unique title!


  4. Usually I fall across posts that bug around losing weight. Eat this and don’t eat this. However, I am so happy reading your post and the way you have written is amazing.


  5. Food is the bond that hold us together. Life revolves around food. We work so that we can earn money to put food on the table. For us foodies, truly the day revolves around what we are going to eat next!


  6. This is kind of an ideal routine that one needs to follow for a healthy lifestyle. But with the kind of schedule that we have now-a-days it’s very difficult to maintain the routine. Thanks for sharing this.


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