I hate paneer. Hate it. I think it is tasteless, and it’s milky, and rubbery, and chewy, and thinking that it will make sense if it is mixed in a plethora of spices is a plain joke. Yes, it tastes different that way. But the only way to describe that taste would be milky, chewy substance soaked in spices. I will never understand how it is made out to be the grandest of all vegetarian dishes. I was a vegetarian till a few years ago, and even then, paneer would be my last choice on any menu. There is so much more to vegetarian food, and paneer is just way too hyped for my liking. And no, paneer tikkas are in no way the unquestionable vegetarian starter. Baby corn, potatoes, even our very desi ‘Gobhi manchurian’ tastes so much better. So ask, next time!
And then there is Cheese cake. Ok, the minor difference here would be, I do not dislike cheese cake, in fact I think it is nice. But it is not awesome. When I first watched the FRIENDS episode, TOW the cheese cake, I was all in awe of it, and I could feel my mouth watering the very same way it would when I would read about scones with jam and cream in my beloved Enid Blyton’s. But when I did finally get to taste the thing, man, I was disappointed. And I am sure if it hadn’t been for all the exaggerated awesomeness of the thing, I would have atleast liked it more than I did. But I didn’t, it was ok, good to taste, nice, like any other sweet. But nothing more. Tiramisu, I understand, Cheese cake, no siree.
And it’s not only about food. Switzerland. Where do I even begin. Some of the world may argue saying Basel isn’t Switzerland, but Lucerne is. It is what Switzerland is made to be. The Alps, and the cold weather, and the snow, and the greenery. It is beautiful, it is lovely, and I might even spend a good 10 minutes each morning staring at the awesome-ness in front of me. But that’s where it ends. The awe. I cannot see why Switzerland is even a teensy weensy bit better than any of the hill-stations in India. And Ladakh, I think no place with mountains et al beats that place! But thanks to DDLJ, Switzerland was always my dream destination. And after being there, now I would not even consider shelling out all that moolah just to see something that is right there in my country, in far more awesome glory. Just like I would never shell out cash to go to a beach abroad to chill out, when we have our super amazing Goa.
Then there was Stone Henge. Egad! The hype! The preparation, the stories, the whole sales and marketing effort that goes into making a big deal about the place,that, I give full credit to. I even give some credit to how green that place is, and how clean, and how general public can’t come within 200 metres of the said place. But the actual thing? The Stone Henge? The 15-20 stones, lying around in the randomest order, eh, not so much. I mean seriously, a whole 60 minute monologue on the ‘possible’ ways the stones might have landed at the place? Giants? Magic? Seriously? Dude, Gachibowli has to be a preserved historical site that way, considering the gigantic stones lying around, balanced precariously one over the other, all over the place. We just don’t sell it saying Martians might have dropped it from their space crafts.
And before I forget, The Alchemist. It is one thing to read self-help books. It’s another to quote this very slow, mediocre, and downright boring book as life changing. Here’s the thing. If it were just another book, I might still have read it, and found it ok. But the hype! The whole quoting and re-quoting the ‘ if you want it enough, the universe conspires to get it to you’ line, *gag*. Really. If you want it enough, you end up working hard enough to get it. Give yourself credit. Universe conspires indeed. That being said, I have liked other books by said author, a couple of them atleast, especially Veronika decides to die, I thought that book was one which would give hope, and some like me who is totally cynical about this genre of books saying this, means something. The other one, not so much. In fact, not at all.
And why this post? No reason really. I was at this lunch Buffet yesterday, when I had this bit of a cheese cake, among some 10 other desserts, and I realised that it was not so great after all, not even in the top 5. It might have been this one instance, but the other day, I ordered it off a menu at a dependable place, and it wasn’t so great there either. The other stuff was much better. And that got me thinking about all those things that are made out to be so awesome, that they end up disappointing. Poor things, it is so unfair to them, but so is it to us. And hence the post.
Do you have such a list too? Things that have made you go “Eh? Seriously? This?”. Let me know, I’m listening!