What are your plans for your Birthday? Asked my friend even as she greeted me.
Thanks a ton, planning to have a ‘Five Star’ Birthday, I said.
What is that? she said surprised.
We generally eat out, (which means) at my husband’s favourite joint, I said .
Perhaps my reply was a give away because her next question expressed what I was hinting at.
You guessed it right for reading my mind so well, I said inwardly complimenting her.
Since it is Your birthday why don’t you choose to dine at Your favourite restaurant, she suggested stressing on ‘your.’
Thanks a ton for your idea, I shall suggest to him right away, I enthused.
Are you sure you want to dine at this place? Asked my husband a little hesitatingly.
Why not? Remember we used to have lunch at a Five Star hotel on important occasions? I said.
But that was quite some time ago when we were young to binge on the rich spread not to speak about the mouth melting dessert, he observed.
Oh, come on, even now we can do that, ofcourse with a little discretion, I said trying to convince him.
O.K. l have your way, he said agreeing without much persuasion.
Vegetarian or non-vegetarian maam, asked the smartly looking lady who appeared to be incharge of the Buffet section.
Vegetarian, I stressed.
She walked almost three quarter way to the Buffet table and stopping there turning to me said, ‘Maam, vegetarian section begins from here.’
Can I have a look at the spread? I asked.
Most certainly, she replied with a smile .
Finding the vegetarian section consisting of a typically south Indian menu similar to one we normally have at home, I grimaced and the lady apparently noticed it, for she said, ’Maam, we also have a la carte, would you prefer that?
Let me have a look, I said and she gave the menu card to me most courteously.
I quickly ran through it taking extra care to see the vegetarian items on the menu, at the same time slyly seeing the price against them.
Returning the menu card to her most courteously coupled with my best smile I motioned to my husband (who appeared to delight at my plight ) to beat a hasty retreat!
n.meera raghavendra rao