From his childhood, Omi has been a skinny kid. He never really cared about his weight. But he noticed his elder sister Rimi has been worried about her weight and tried to reduce it using various means. Her efforts truly fascinated Omi.
Rimi is a responsible adult and has a job. She has a Greek colleague called Florian who got slim within a few months of coming to work in Bangladesh. Rimi took him as an example and started to follow his lifestyle choices.
First, she tried eating sandwiches instead of rice, three times a day. This strategy soon backfired and increased her weight. Rimi was very put out and ranted at Omi. Apparently, as her doctor said, bread has a lot of sugar which increased her weight.
After this, Rimi decided to exercise like Florian. She asked him which gym he went to. He laughed at her face and said he does not exercise at all, except walking home once in a while. Rimi tried that, and had to take a few days off because the dust and pollution from the roads made her sick!
"Do you eat salads?" Rimi asked Florian.
"Hmm, yeah. You see, chocolate is made from cocoa, which comes from a tree. So technically, chocolate is salad!" he said, as he bit into a large bar of milk chocolate.
Rimi was on the verge of tears. "Today, I will ask him what his secret to being slim is!" she vowed to Omi as he left for work that day. Omi waited for her to come home and reveal what Florian's secret was.
Rimi came home and when she saw Omi waiting to hear about it, she started laughing.
"Let me tell you," she said through tears of mirth. When she had asked Florian, this is what he said, "Oh you want to know how I lost so much weight. Why didn't you just say so?" he said with a generous smile. 'You see, after coming to Bangladesh, I found a miraculous juice!'
"Really? Did you ask him what that juice is? Is it made from celery? Capsicum? Oats?" Omi said eagerly.
"Let me finish!" Rimi admonished. "So, then he said, the juice is actually sugarcane juice from the roadside! He says drinking it gives him severe diarrhoea, and he loses a lot of weight in a matter of days!" Rimi said this and dissolved into laughter, and Omi joined too.
"So you need to get diarrhoea to lose weight? Are you actually going to do it?" he asked once the siblings caught their breath.
"No way!" Rimi exclaimed. "While I was trying to lose weight, I realised I'm actually happy and healthy even without losing weight. So I've decided to stay this way. I'm better off without Florian's little secret!"