Have you forgotten that you had promised to show something that would surprise me? Said my husband.
Oh, yes, I do remember having said that and you in turn wished to surprise me too with the dawn of Ugadi, I reminded.
First, you show me because the idea was yours, he wanted to appear very chivalrous.
You know, I thought it was the privilege of only politicians to turn a volte face for selfish ends, I observed.
Why only politicians? You could include several other categories of people because after all they are all human, observed my husband.
Probably you are right and thanks for enlightening me, I said realizing how naïve I was in such ‘important’ matters.
Any way, who turned a volte face ? asked he.
Come and see, I said.
Oh, my! where has this come from? Screamed my husband, shocked at seeing the pet dog of our neighbour sitting comfortably under the Christmas tree in our compound.
Have you noticed the silver chain around his neck? I said.
That’s what made me recognize the fellow, he spluttered.
Is this creature going to make our house its home? He thundered.
Now, let me know what surprise you have in store for me, I said without replying.
Just then I heard a cat mewing and when it came into my view, the white and brown cat appeared familiar to me.
That’s the surprise I had planned for you, announced my husband.
My God! has this pet of our neighbour too turned a volte face? I gasped.
Perhaps the pets preferred to be loyal to each other than to their owners. Quipped my husband.
n.meera raghavendra rao