One night without food...

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After long hours of work, I went to sleep. Seven hours since I had had dinner, I was starting to get hungry. I went to bed nevertheless, convincing myself that I would not feel the hunger once I slept.
I lay on the bed, unable to sleep, my stomach growling. I tossed from side to side and pressed the pillow hard on my stomach, as if that would magically solve the problem. ‘Sleep, girl, sleep,’ I told myself.
There was nothing I had in my room that I could eat right away. I lay on bed, straining my thoughts on what were the foodstuff I had – noodles, Milo…… the list went down to salt and sugar. Momentarily, my starvation was overridden by anger. Anger that I was so ill-planned for such an event.
My body gave me another warning. ‘You are going to faint soon,’ it said. I nodded, as if I was replying to that invisible voice that was warning me. My stomach flipped and squirmed, growling and complaining.
And just that moment, there was a flash. Of people. Of starving people. The gypsies who used to live in the platform near my apartment. The pot-bellied kids who came running when they saw someone ‘rich’, bringing their left-over food for them.
And the next moment, I thanked God I had had dinner. That I could afford it. I got up, murmured a prayer to the little picture of God I had on my desk, drank water, and went back to sleep.

It’s a story. Inspired.

23 comments:

rsubras said...

excellent excellent writeup

wonderful narration and aptly said

hmmmmm how true......

btw does the inspiration comes from the forward that is currently doing rounds (on pictures of the Somalia ppl and a ppt comparing between the normal ppl and them)

sari athukapuram atleast sapteengala?

kausikram krishnasayee said...

this reminds me of the 'gandiji's letters' (or something) tht was in the first page of all my cbse text books.....(enna ma kannu kavya vishwanathan madhiye aaiyindu vara :P ) well your blogz gone crazy again ...blogrolling has missed your update..

Vani Viswanathan said...

r subras,
thank you :)
if i reveal the source of inspiration, you'll laugh...i was this hungry one day!!
and no, i did go to sleep hungry. :(

mark,
gandhiji's letter in CBSE books? I'm trying hard to recollect...and my blog is drunk! ;)

Vani Viswanathan said...

mark,
You accusing me of plagiarism like Kavya did? :(

Manoj said...

Congratulations! You are on your way to an ulcer. Those gypsies and pot bellies whoever they are, are used to eating less. Their body adopts to it. But you are not. Listen to the alarms missy. Or else you'll be in trouble.

Manoj said...

Trust me. When you get an ulcer. You wish you were better dead.

rsubras said...

manoj na ethukku paavam chinna ponnai bayamuruthareenga

but vani, yea that is what i want to stresss too.. for the ppl u have referred, they can adapt themselves but u cannot, better dont skip lunch/dinner/breakfast

Aravind said...

>> It’s a story. Inspired.

ippa ellam konjam ushaar-aayitta!! engalukku kelvi kekka chance-ae tharaama!!

Vani Viswanathan said...

manoj,
Thanks for the concern, really! :)

subras,
you too, thanks for the concern. But I never skip any meal, coz i can't do anything if i don't eat.

aravind,
hehehe, enna pannradhu! :P

the woman said...

Hungry woman is an angry woman? :P

Ps: Hey, you actually said, ya lor??? So you do the singlish thing well too? Lol. I say that instead of saying yes, only to my kids. Hehe.

kausikram krishnasayee said...

ayyo pavum, (mumtaz stlye)
it reminded me of " a test by gandiji, in the NCERT txt bukz" will try to send a copy of it to u....

Harish said...

enna...sems form la irukeenga pola?

Vani Viswanathan said...

the woman,
hehe yeah!
And yaya, i do use Singlish, don't you! :O i mean, other than with your kids?

mark,
mumtaz style ayyo paavum....lol, i can never forget that!!! and yeah, send that gandhiji's message to me!

harish,
enna form? :-/

Wetfingers said...

ennanga,kaka biriyani thinnurukalame!! it struck a chord,
something that happened with me. Nanri!

lok said...

your post remember me the bharathiyar kavithai...
kanchi kudipathar kilar – athan
kaaranangal evai yennum arivum elaar
panchamo pancham yenra nittham
parithavithe uyir thudithu
thunchi madi kinrarae.. – evar
thuraikalai theerikavor vaziyellayae

Good one.. :)

good one

Vani Viswanathan said...

Wetfingers,
Thanks, and welcome!

lok,
aaaah...tanglish-la barathiyar kavidhai-ya? can you please post it in tamil? it's really hard to read it this way!! [yeah, i can read tamil! :)]

Wetfingers said...

Funny you mention engineering.I seem to recollect that i joined that course after i passed from DAV(04).You passed out on 04 right??

Vidya said...

ouch tat hurt...

Vani Viswanathan said...

Wetfingers,
You from DAV too???? Yeah, I graduated from DAV Girls' in 2004 too...but i escaped engineering! :P

Vidya,
Oh dear!! It's ok....

rsubras said...

ipadiye comments ku reply panite iruntha eppadi... adutha post eppo :) ?

shekys said...

dont go to bed w/o eating dinner.

Vani Viswanathan said...

rsubras,
podaren, podaren...

sheks,
advice? :) thanks! i'll never go to bed w/o dinner.

raj said...

i have nothing 2 say ...every one already says it is excellent ...just iam going 2 know one thing from u Vani Viswanathan ...it is about difference between ur hungry and those poor people's hungry...one have food 2 eat another doesn't have anything 2 eat... you ever faced that second probelm in your life?...i wish god no one can face that...