Today I went to the library in the morning. I took some apples with me, so that I can eat them if I got hungry. Late afternoon time I started to feel peckish and thought I would go back to Halls and cook some frozen Mehte Wale Parotay.
I arrive back at halls and open the flat door. Waheguru! Suddenly a strong bacon smell hit me! I could barely breathe! I quickly rushed to my room door and tried to open the door (avoiding breathing in the bacon smell which had filled the whole corridor). Waheguru! I thought I would do some work and wait till the bacon smell dies down before I go to the kitchen.
After an hour, I look around my room looking for my frying pan. Where is it? I realized that I forgot the frying pan in the kitchen last night when I made something to eat. In my mind I was hoping "Hope no one has used it." Then I thought "Why would they use my frying pan when there are two or three frying pans lying around for them to use." Obviously not the case!
I got in the Kitchen and the bacon smell was still strong. For someone who doesn't eat meat it's a really sickening smell. Even when I used to eat meat I found bacon and pork sickening and I would find Beef smell disgusting also. People would tease me and say "You are half Muslim and half Hindu". Waheguru. Rab Bhalla Kare.
I found my frying pan laying on the cooker. I picked it up and was about to wash it. Then I stopped and looked down into it. I could see some OIL in it. I said to mind, "I can't remember putting oil in my frying pan?" I looked slightly up and there was something red in the frying pan (like a small long scrap). It was a scrap of BACON. Waheguru. I put the frying pan down and thought "This means NO Parotay for lunch". Waheguru.
I couldn't believe why people would want to use my frying pan to cook BACON! A girl in our corridor complained to me three months ago that someone stole her FRYING WOCK. Then another girl complained to me a month ago that someone uses her frying pan and then leaves it dirty for her to clean up. Rab Hee Rakhaa!
For someone who is Vegetarian it’s difficult to use cooking utensils when someone has cooked meat in them, despite however many times one washes it. I had nothing else to eat other than 2 or 3 yoghurt tubs and Parotay. So I thought what can I do? Instead I ended up cooking frozen Parotay in the Mini-Cooker which I have in my room. With Guru’s Kirpaa it turned out okay! :)
The Parotay were okay. But then the SMOKE ALARM went off. Sat Naam. Perhaps Waheguru was telling me to keep off the Parotay. I prayed that the security guard doesn’t come to my room and find Parotay, smoke and a Mini-Oven! I quickly opened the windows and after a few minutes the smoke alarm stopped. Rab Da Shukar!
Student life is very CHALLENGING and I can't WAIT to move out of Halls and move back home! It really makes you appreciate the simple things in life which Guru Sahib has blessed us with.
Moral from Story: Appreciate what you have. Don’t take anything for granted.