What is the latest news? Asked my husband as soon as I came back from my walk.
Do you expect me to keep updating you every minute? I retorted quite annoyed at his sarcastic tone.
Why pounce on me? Has something upset you? He sounded concerned.
No, not me, but someone else we know, I said.
He laid aside the newspaper he was reading and said he was ready to listen to my latest ‘story.’
Do you remember our friends who said they were dispensing with all their house hold staff because they proved to be smarter than them? I said.
You mean the ones who always boasted of their high connections?
I am glad you have a very good memory, I said.
Well, what happened?
The expected ofcourse, I replied.
What they expected or you expected? He wanted to know.
Why don’t you tell me in a nut shell instead of keeping me waiting, he sounded impatient and I knew he was in a hurry to get back to reading the newspaper.
Do you think it is possible to replace the cook ,domestic help and the driver with gadgets? I asked.
May be, the cook and the maid for the facilities that are available like the catering joints, dish washers, vacuum cleaners and the like but unfortunately cars cannot run automatically, he said.
That’s the point ,and there lies the biggest problem, I said.
But I thought our friends knew to drive and decided never to engage a driver the rest of their life, reminded my husband.
Well ,that’s true because they continue to drive though not their flashy cars but each other MAD, I quipped.
N Meera Raghavendra Rao