The Offensive Dal

Daily Prompt: Isn’t Your Face Red
When was the last time you were embarrassed? How do you react to embarrassment?
Show RED.


I love Dal, (Lentil) especially Dal Mash. I prefer it to a chicken or meat dish.
My husband and I used to order it along a roadside restaurant whenever we travelled that way.

My sister and her husband came from US to offer condolences to me on the death of my husband. I had told them to stay with me as I was alone, but they declined. So I made arrangements for them to stay in a club.

The first night they came to my house, I prepared a lavish dinner for them. I had invited my elder brother Lala to the meals too. The second day I took them to the village so they could visit my husband’s grave. Lala had come along too. I had made arrangements for lunch there too.

A day later my sister complained of the oily food at the club. I told her she was welcome to meals with me anytime she wished. I insisted that she should have her evening dinner with me that day. I invited Lala as usual.

Lala came but he was in a foul mood. He asked me what I had cooked. I told him Dal. It was like a red rag to a Bull. In front of the servant who had opened the gate to him, he went into an ugly tirade. “How could I invite him to eating Dal?”

The last three days had been hectic. I was tired of cooking. I had prepared a huge bowl of Chicken Corn Soup, roasted Mash Dal and a vegetable meat dish along with bread. For dessert I was giving the guests Ice Cream and fruit. Anyway this didn’t seem adequate to my dear brother. He forgot that I had the meals prepared for my sister.

He kept making me embarrassed in front of my sister and brother-in-law. I held on to my temper despite his rude and impolite remarks.

I was terribly hurt by his atrocious behavior. Later on whenever he would phone, I wouldn’t pick up the phone. I kept at a distance from him. He came one day and apologized to me. I accepted his apology. It took me some time to get over the feelings of hurt in my heart.
The Offensive Dish

18 thoughts on “The Offensive Dal”

  1. Good for you for forgivivg, Sheen. That is tough. I dont taking cooking criticisns well. Especially because i hate to cook and took the time to make it for the ungrateful person.

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      1. totally understand. family members know how to press our internal buttons, so relationships can get rough.


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