If it is Pulav, it must be Thursday!
The flip side of working in an organisation for a decade and a wee-bit more is the way in which your life has blended almost seamlessly with the rhythms of that body. And you feel so much like furniture, you are afraid someone is going to sit on you. It could happen to anyone, but if you have a fixed menu at the office canteen, its likely you be hit bad.
It is somewhat disconcerting that these days I make out what day it is by the lunch that is served in the canteen. I mean, sometimes when a colleague says, "What day is it..." randomly, as colleagues are only wont to, I say, "Pongal-Oily Bonda - that is a Wednesday." When I remember there is idly vada in the canteen its a bad Tuesday or Saturday (worse with the most misshapen bondas). If its masala dosa and mixture then it is a good alternate Friday. Pongal and oily bajjis/veg bondas means it is a Wednesday and sometimes a nice mixed rice means it is Monday. I'd technically not be able to remember Sundays, because I don't work Sunday, but I think I can identify a Sunday by the lack of canteen food in my life! Of course the 1st of the month and the 16th means you get a sweet, which I don't eat.
Well, it's not as if I'm actually eating regularly at the canteen. Indeed I carry my own food these days mostly, but that is what conditioning is about.It is about doing it when you are young, I guess. Especially if you've spent the better part of your er...formative years... eating salted food! :) As they'd say in Tamil.
It doesnt even stop there. The conditioning I mean. With great effort I kicked a habit to have a coffee at 11-30 a.m. at the canteen. In the days when they measured the success of a journalist by the number of cups of coffee/tea consumed in a day, I thought I'd paint my name in the hall of fame if it were so easy. It was also the easiest way to get acidity and heart burn. Not to mention the two spoons of sugar for every cup that really greased a well-rounded hip. Boy, and was that hard to kick!
Now I'm trying to leave behind a habit to drink coffee at 4p.m. Not that an evening coffee is bad for health, especially if it is without sugar. Instead, the point is that my entire work schedule depends on that cuppa. Even if it is delayed for a bit, I have cold turkey. Now that is serious. I've decided to ease that habit slowly and I'm looking for a good day to begin. Hmmm... It was pongal at the canteen, so it must be Wednesday. It's also four now... I think I'll leave it until the Pulav day! On Thursday, I'm going to turn a new leaf. Anything but a tea leaf!