…continued from the previous posts:
…that evening when I opened my eyes, it was getting dark outside. And I thanked my wife for letting me rest and not dragging me out. That’s another issue that she was busy discussing all sorts of girlie stuff with her Mamiji and didn’t really bother much about me.
I was in the bathroom when Mamiji called out for me. I came out following the smell of freshly brewed mint flavoured TEA! And I must say that for a change, I sort of liked it. But once again, tea was just a trap. It was a spread of various ‘Gujju Snakes’, sorry, SNACKS I was expected to hog on. GATHIYA, DALMOTH, CHIWDA and so on – it was endless. Thank god, there was a cricket world cup quarter-final match going on and no one noticed that I gave a skip to all those fattening items. But yes, the TEA was damn good. (I still maintained that my wife’s tea is the best on earth. After all, she was the one I had to go back home with!)
The next few hours were spent in front of the TV watching the Cricket Match. And even before the match was over, Mamiji’s DINING TABLE was all laid out. Hats off to women and their timing.
After dinner I thought I had survived the first day in my ‘Gujju Sasural’. But I was so wrong! The moment I came to my room to retire, my Saala came and sat with us. He had so much to talk about to my wife. And while both of them went on about their childhood memories, I was already making strategies on how to skip FOOD the next day.
Silly me! While the ‘next day’ was still 12 hours away, my current day and its ‘foodie endeavors’ had not yet ended. My brother-in-law called for his mom and said that he was in the mood for some ICE-CREAM. And even before I could pretend to be fast asleep, Mamiji was there with three bowls full of ICE-CREAM. I resorted to my last hope by saying my tummy is not too well. But here too, Mamiji ‘stumped me out’ by saying ice-cream will cool my tummy down.
I don’t need to add here what happened next – I had to finish off 3 huge scoops of assorted flavoured ice creams.
And this is how the First Day at my sasural got over! Just the first day. I still had to survive two more days!
– to be continued…