Berty famously said (I assume everything he said is now famous):
“Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT’S relativity.”
I was reminded of this phrase recently while having the following conversation with two colleagues, Kennedy (a Catholic ex-seminarian from Kerala) and Ramakrishna (a Hindu from Tamil Nadu).
Ramaswamy: Hey Kennedy, I heard you’ve eaten all kinds of crazy things and that you eat beef for breakfast.
Kennedy: Yes indeed. I was a seminarian in the Northeast (India) back in the day, and we ate dogs, cats, field rats…delicious
Kabcity: Interesting. I ate donkey once. It was pretty good. Alligator and Ostrich at the Minnesota state fair were rather unappetizing.
R: You guys eat crazy things!
Kennedy: But don’t you also eat some crazy things in Tamil Nadu?
R: No no only goat and chicken, sometimes beef. But never non-veg for breakfast. The goat is delicious…especially the brain, blood, and feet.
R: My favourite is the intestines. You must clean it though. It has waste. The entire stomach area is the best. But you must clean it. In hot water. Oh I love it!
Kennedy: That’s crazy
R: No, it is only a goat. It is not crazy. I can never eat a cat, and I will never eat beef for breakfast.
Kennedy: What is the difference – eating meat is eating meat.
R: You are right. I must try dogmeat when I am in Nagaland next week. But there is no way I can eat it for breakfast! That is crazy!! Haha!
City: That’s relativity (I didn’t actually say that, I just joined in the laughter)