Time and tide wait for no man, and for that matter, neither do bowel movements. Few people have been spared the excruciating terror of having to suddenly evacuate their bowels when out in public. While shopping mall, restaurant and bar restrooms are fair game for all, when it comes to dropping a load at the office, during a party at friend’s house or worst of all, at your romantic partner’s residence, there’s plenty of cause for concern.

The sounds, smells and of course, the very knowledge that you have performed intimate, rather sordid deeds in their vicinity (even if they are natural, bodily functions), can be potentially embarrassing. So how does one avoid such situations?

There’s no foolproof method because when you gotta go, you gotta go, but these three basic tips should help you avoid such socially awkward situations:

  1. Don’t eat suspicious, unfamiliar or extremely spicy things unless you know you will be able to pay the price of that meal in the non-judgmental confines of your own bathroom, on your personal throne.
  2. Try to avoid foods that cause bloating or indigestion before a big meeting or presentation at work, or even prior to a party or some such social gathering. This goes double for you if you are lactose intolerant, gluten sensitive or allergic to certain foods.
  3. Regularize your bowel movements so that you are accustomed to going potty at a fixed time, say, just after you wake up or at the most, post your first cuppa Joe. That way, you won’t be surprised by stray cargo trying to make its way out when it’s least convenient.

And if all else fails, there are always ingenious entrepreneurs who invent products like poo pourri. No, I didn’t spell that wrong; take a look at the hilarious video to know what we’re talking about. It may just be a life saver, and prevent awkwardness all around:

Image: Poopourri’s Instagram page

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Simona is a journalist who has worked with several leading publications in India over the last 17 years, writing on lifestyle topics and the arts, besides interviewing celebrities. She made the switch to public relations and headed the division as PR Manager at ITC Hotels’ flagship property, the ITC Grand Chola, but has since returned to her first love, journalism. Now she writes on food, which she is sincerely passionate about and wellness, which she finds fascinating and full of surprises. When she isn’t writing, she is busy playing the role of co-founder and communications director of The Bicycle Project, a six-year-old charity initiative that empowers tribal children in rural areas, while addressing the issue of urban waste.