‘Why have you ordered multi-grain atta?’
‘I thought we had switched to multi-grain.’
‘That was last month, now its mono-grain. But multi mono-grain. Wheat, bajra, jowar on weakdays, ragi, sattu, madva on weekends....’
We are also non mono-oil. Our kitchen has mustard, groundnut, sesame, rice bran, palm, sunflower, safflower, olive, coconut, cottonseed, corn, and castor. They are all virgin and come out of a drizzler. My mother, a spry 75-year-old, brought up on Parachute, almost dropped the coconut oil bottle when she saw its price, Rs 1,100 a litre (it would have shattered, too, since we have switched from plastic to glass bottles). Our juice is cold-pressed, milk is raw, honey is wild. All wildly expensive. A trip to the specialist food store sometimes means redeeming a couple of mutual funds. The reasoning being, it is better to fatten the grocers now than hospitals later.