Do you want a Hindu Chicken?


Image of a Hindu Chicken

Recently, while booking an airline ticket on a transatlantic flight I was asked if I wanted a Hindu Non-Veg Meal.

Quite frankly, I was aghast. Isn’t this taking food preferences a bit too far?

All I wanted a Non Vegetarian meal . It didn’t matter if it was Hindu or not .

” I don’t really care about the Hindu part , ” I replied ” I just want a Non Vegetarian meal. Can’t I have a continental meal? ”

“I’m afraid madam on this sector it isn’t available ”

Now that was something that made me even more curious. Here I was traveling westward on a European carrier and was told that there was no continental meal available !!! What about the non-Indians, I thought travelling on the plane. Were they going  to be subjected to gravies swimming in their plates?

“Then what is available ? ”

“Hindu Vegetarian and Muslim Non Vegetarian.”

“Really ? And what is the difference between the two non-veg options? Does one have beef and the other pork?”

“No ! no! ” protested the girl. “We only serve chicken! ”

“How are they different ?” I persisted.

“In the way they are slaughtered?” she asked tentatively.

In the beginning there was just chicken

This was something new to me. Indeed, it was a far cry from the days when airline food was just airline food. Normally, food served on board was the food of the country of the national carrier. I didn’t matter what the passenger like. Hence you either ate it or starved.

However, with more crowded skies there was a need to encourage passenger loyalty. There came faster planes, wider seats and  food that was Vegetarian and non-Vegetarian.

Gradually the menu included vegan, diabetic and other kinds of cuisines.

Now this was something else! Here I was looking to enjoy a good glass of French wine and eating some as-nice-as-it-can-get-on-an-aeroplane, continental food.  However, here I had only two options : a Hindu or a Muslim Non-Vegetarian Meal.

“So I’ll make it Hindu Non Vegetarian madam?”

I asked her if there were other options like Christian Non-Vegetarian or Jewish Vegetarian.

Needless to say, she didn’t get the sarcasm!


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Strange are the ways of the world. My personal belief is that food and religion are totally unrelated. It is health that determines dietary  restrictions . Since  I don’t judge others for following their beliefs,  I wonder why I have to conform to beliefs and practices that aren’t mine.

Am I right or am I wrong? Do share your views in the comments . I’d love to hear from you. 

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A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!

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8 Responses

  1. I’ve come across all sorts of meals on board a flight that I just find it tedious. I am not a fussy eater and can’t just get all the fuss people make about food (except when it has to do with allergies). It’s just food for crying out loud and we excrete most part of it 😉

  2. Interesting read and Hindu chicken is a hilarious phrase.
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  3. Wow. Okay this is seriously something new. Haven’t heard of this and yet scarily enough now it’s a thing on flights. And while I’m assuming they’ve been informed to say it’s based on the method of killing the animal, it’s still sad that we are now here in this situation, huh?
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  4. Rajlakshmi says:

    Only recently did I learn properly about the different ways of slaughtering when one of the guys we hired for a job refused to eat chicken nuggets because it wasn’t halal. I have come across this option before. There’s something for the Jews and Jains as well.
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