Yesterday, there was a Sikh Society talk at University of Birmingham. Afterwards there were samosay to eat. A Singh offered me a plate with two samosay. I told him to take one out because I am not great fan of samosay now (last time I had three samosay and felt drugged up and sleepy afterwards!). So I had one samosa. The other Singhs and Bhenjees didn't eat any samosay. So I asked them why they are not eating any. They said that they were saving themselves to have Pizza afterwards at Chamkaurs (an Amritdhari restaurant)! (Yet no one told me to hold back on the samosay!). Waheguru.
Two cars went to Chamkaurs afterwards. The way some Singhs were going on about Chamkaurs and eating Pizzas was like they have never seen food in their life (no names mentioned!). During the journey as well the conversation was revolved around pizza toppings and pizza slice sizes. Waheguru. I wondered whether some of these Singhs were doing Pizza Studies at college and university or something. Rab Jaane.
Getting through all the peak-time traffic, we eventually got to Chamkaurs. But when we got there the shop lights were off! I thought we have driven all this long way to find the shop closed! Then a Singh got of the car and checked the sign. The shop was to open in 10 minutes. So we waited in the car. By that time the other car arrived.
To be honest I didn't want to eat Pizza. I prefer eating Daal and Rotee. Due to pressure of Sangat I got sucked into ordering pizza as well. All the Singhs and Bhenjees were excited and were behaving like they had reached Sach Khand or something! Waheguru. Really, there were really excited and behaving like the most important thing in the world is Pizza and nothing else. So everyone ordered. I wasn't really hungry and could have nicely done with a bit of Daal and a Parshaadaa, but due to pressure I ordered. Everyone else ordered large pizzas per person! I thought it was slightly excessive considering some of the Singhs aren't exactly very big (no names mentioned)! I decided to order a regular size pizza despite the pressure to order a large pizza. hehe.
Everyone got their pizzas and I even ordered a regular fries because I was told my pizza size is quite small. Waheguru. When I got the pizza I couldn't believe that I could barely eat it. Yes it was tasty! But how much Pizza can you eat? On the other hand the other Singhs and even Bhenjees were eating Pizza like this was the first they had seen Pizza! Amongst this hyper-activity and excitement for Pizza, it was inspiring to see a Gursikh who was not eating anything sitting amongst the chaos very calmly and not affected by this Pizza frenzy. I felt bit embarrassed and wished that I had just stuck my simple Daal and Roti!
ਏ ਰਸਨਾ ਤੂ ਅਨ ਰਸਿ ਰਾਚਿ ਰਹੀ ਤੇਰੀ ਪਿਆਸ ਨ ਜਾਇ ॥
Ėh rasnā ṯū an ras rācẖ rahī ṯerī pi▫ās na jā▫e.
O my tongue! You are engrossed in other tastes, but your thirsty desire is not quenched.
By the end of it, everyone looked stuffed. I could barely breathe. Another Singh (no names mentioned) looked like he was barely alive! He said he was okay but he looked knocked out after eating a full large pizza by himself! I was so stuffed that I didn't even eat my regular fries. I just about got home okay. Driving a car when you are feeling stuffed is not safe! With Guru's Kirpaa got home okay. One thing I can say is that I will not be eating Pizza again for a long long time!! When I woke up at Amrit-vela I still felt bloated and stuffed (which is not good!). Guru Raakhaa.
ਖੰਡਿਤ ਨਿਦ੍ਰਾ ਅਲਪ ਅਹਾਰੰ ਨਾਨਕ ਤਤੁ ਬੀਚਾਰੋ ॥੮॥
Kẖandiṯ niḏrā alap ahāraŉ Nānak ṯaṯ bīcẖāro. ||8||
Sleep little, and eat little; O Nanak, this is the essence of wisdom. ||8||