Restaurant v/s Ghar Ka Khana

Restaurant v/s Ghar Ka Khana

Ask any college student about the quality of their mess food and their monotonous reply is “There’s no taste like Home” and it is probably them who actually realize the importance and goodness of homemade food or “ghar ka khana” as many call it. But, in this increasingly “modernizing” world where everything and everyone is in a race against the clock, people are increasing preferring to go out for dinner than to cook at home. Why? Simply because cooking at home is a routine related process where grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning up, and developing cooking skills are required and is time consuming. But in order to save time and possibly money, is it right to compromise one’s health and hygiene?

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Firstly, home-made food could actually be more cost effective considering that one pays only for the ingredients and some other uncostly additives while in restaurants one is loaded with service costs and other xyz costs which according to some studies makes outside food cost almost twice that of homemade food.
Advocates in favour of outside dining may argue that one needs to consider the opportunity costs involved in the process of home-made cooking as well. However, this argument can be brushed aside if we consider the hygiene aspect of home made food. Many restaurants and food manufacturers profit by using out-of-date ingredients and ignoring good hygiene principles. Consequently, there is a high possibility that foods in such places have low quality which may negatively affect consumer’s health. Negative health will result in higher medical costs which will easily exceed the “opportunity costs” involved in home-made cooking in terms of both time and money.

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By presenting this argument however, I do not wish the complete boycott of outside dining because some recipes are difficult to emulate at home and let’s face it, you cannot master every cuisine. At times it is better to relax and enjoy a different meal with experts preparing and catering to you rather than you running around. Moreover, one does not have to perform the cleanup activities in the kitchen and at the dining table saving time and effort.

Thus to conclude, home-cooked foods are really beneficial in terms of health and finance. The benefits of home-made food out weight those of dining outside, however, an excess of anything can get boring and hence eating at restaurants for a change once in a while is not too bad an exercise.

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Prakhar Goyal
A big sports enthusiast. Currently pursuing the 5 year Integrated Program in Management at IIM Indore. Will appreciate feedback through comments!
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