My Mom(with a spoon full of a greasy,black,smelly stuff):Here,have this
Me(my eyes wide with terror):No....please...I don't want to.
Mom:You don't have a choice.
Me:But...no...hmmphh...urghhh.....(the spoon is now shoved inside my mouth).
The greasy,black,smelly stuff was something called Dabur Chyawanprash.It was supposed to help kids stay healthy,top their class,score the winning goal on the playground and come grinning back to their homes with an assortment of trophies to proud parents as shown in the ads.Of course, nothing of the sort happened to me.All I got was a bitter taste in my mouth.
My own experiences with the Chyawanprash ended when I grew too tall for my mom to shove the spoon inside my mouth,something that she attributes to the Chaywanprash itself.But I retained an intense hatred for it in the deepest corner of my heart.I had always thought that being an Ayurvedic product it wouldn't be able to stand up to modern diet supplements and future children wouldnt go through what I did .But I was wrong.Instead the Chyawanprash went from strength to strength.From Amitabh to SRK to Sunny Deol,everyone endorsed it.Even Souarav Ganguly attributed his tandarust tan(fit body) and tej dimaag(quick body) to it,when actually what he needs is a quick body and a fit mind.Hope of seeing the chyawanprash disappear from the markets had left me lately.
Therefore it was with great pleasure that I read this .The IOC has forbidden Indian athletes from taking Chawanprash as they contain heavy metals which lead to the production of banned anabolic salts in the body leading to failed dope tests.So there,its not only sona-chandi that Chawanprash contains,there are heavier metals in there.I felt vindicated.And then it hit me.After years of being forcefully fed Chawanprash,my body must be full of banned anabolic salts.I am certain to fail any dope test.My dream of representing the country in the Olympics lies shattered.