Deewali, Bhai Dooj and Chhat Puja have just been over and Guru Nanak Jayanti, Christmas and Makar Sankranti are waiting to quickly take over. One of the reasons why we like festivals is that these give us sanction to indulge our sweet tooth to our heart’s content. What is a festival without sweets? On non-festival days, we think of all the harmful effects of sweets, especially the kilos we would put on and greedily gaze at the plateful of sweets. A small portion that we sometimes magnanimously allow ourselves is hardly helpful. It is so disproportionate to the craving. It is like watching the trailer without getting a chance to see the movie. Rather than satisfying, it only whets our craving.
Come festivals and we can lower our guard, throwing all restrictions to the wind. The family members who keep an eagle’s eye on what we eat are silent for a change. The only dampener recently has been the reports of adulteration, especially in milk-based sweets. Harmful synthetic stuff is being so widely used in milk and milk products that we are almost grateful to those who mix only water in milk. We shudder to buy milk-based sweets from our neighbourhood shops. During festivals, we have to manage with non-milk sweets which are hardly sweets. Packaged rasgollas, gulab jamuns and rajbhogs which we occasionally buy do not taste the same as fresh ones.If during festivals, visitors gift us fresh milk-based sweets, we almost look at them accusingly and at the earliest opportunity, pass on the stuff to those whose health does not matter to us. Why are we so helpless against those who have robbed us of the pleasure of the sweets we have been so much used to consuming during festivals?