This post is part of my TII series, where weird and wonderful things happen that can often only be explained by the phrase: This Is India.
On Saturday I was heading over to see my friend. I called her up and asked if she wanted me to pick up anything along the way. She did. Some Indian fast food, namely sambar rice and idli.
I stopped at an Indian equivalent of McDonald’s, which serves Indian fast food – probably faster than you get it in McDonald’s. I’m convinced that a lot of Indian food in restaurants has the same health problems as the Western equivalent, but many people here disagree. My argument stems from the fact that so much oil and carbs are used in Indian food that it’s just not healthy to eat all the time.
Anyway, I digress.
I go up to the counter and the conversation goes something like this:
Me: “Hi, can I get one sambar rice and…” I’m cut off
Staff: “sorry boss, no sambar rice, have curd rice?”
Me: “err, yeah, sure, whatever. ok, one curd rice and two idli’s”
Staff: “boss, no idli’s. you want dosai?”
Me: “no idly? fine. dosai. sure.”
Staff: “one curd rice and one dosai. 60 rupees”
I handed him the money and went to the food counter to wait all of 5 seconds for my order to arrive (seriously, McDonald’s, if you are reading this, come to India and study how quick fast food can be!).
Off I toddled to meet my friend and handed her the bag of food. The conversation begins…
Me: “Oh, I’m really sorry, they didn’t have sambar rice or idli, so I got you curd rice and dosai instead, hope that’s ok!”
Friend: “Haha, yeah sure, it’s fine. Thanks!”
My friend goes to the kitchen with the food to put it on a plate and returns a few seconds later…
Friend: “Pete, did you say you got curd rice and dosai?”
Me: “yeah, they’d ran out of what you asked for. why?”
Friend: “Because they’ve given you sambar rice and idli’s!”
I no longer waste time trying to work things like this out. It can be summed up nicely with…TII 🙂