'ello folks, a certain issue has been causing no small amount of confusion over the last few days.
Essentially, I walk for quite a while everyday in short 30 min or so periods at, what I thought, were largely random times. I've come to spend the month at home for the college vacation. It has come to my notice that there are suspicions in the family that these are 'smoke breaks'. This is a major WTF afaic as I certainly don't have the habit.
I woke up the other day at a fairly normal time like 7:30 am and decided first thing that I'm gonna go for a walk and announced at the breakfast table my intention of doing so and was met with looks of, to my eye - and perhaps I'm over-thinking - slight disappointment. My brother(who is also on vacation) confronts me later and says "At least make it less blatant man, You're going out for short periods after waking up and after every meal and eating less" - This combined with my weight-loss of about 10 kg in the last 4 months - apparently has led to the suspicions.
I'm staying right now in a house with extended family who are highly conservative in nature and frown upon such a habit. However I reckon, any effort on my part to overtly confront the issue without being provided with the proposition of argument to do so will most likely be seen as a "Why is he even thinking it if he doesn't do it"scenario. I explained to my brother quite clearly that I'm not smoking now but I can't even use his inquiry as the base to tell the 'rents and the grandparents due to him objecting to it and the above italicized reason.
How do I go about making it clear that I don't smoke without preferably going out and stating it. Have to do it soon as a couple of younger cousins today ribbed me about my 'new habits' and it's pissing me off no end.
FTR, This familial attitudinal scenario might seem completely ridiculous to a non-SC person and I apologize if I make it look like smoking is anything 'wrong' - for the lack of a better word - in the post. I'm just portraying the typical Indian conservative family's attitude towards smoking, not mine.
You might ask why I care so much about being labelled as a smoker as if it's a big negative tag. The answer is, unfortunately perhaps, My family will look at me with severe disappointment if they consider me one and I want to make it clear that I certainly am not smoking.