I was in a dilemma seeing the different models of Rice cookers in the store and I couldn’t decide which one to purchase, I said over breakfast with my children and nephew who came from the U.S. to spend a few weeks with us before taking up his new assignment there.
I thought you had your mind set on replacing your old electric Rice cooker with a similar new one, said my husband looking puzzled at my indecisiveness.
Well, yes, that was my intention when I set out for shopping last evening, I said.
Then what made you change your mind? he asked.
As I said, I never expected the store would be stacked with numerous models of different sizes, the minimum size appears to be just the right one for a single individual. Infact the sales girl was trying to convince me of its various uses and advantages, I said.
Well, it certainly would have looked very cute, you should have picked it up, said he with a very pleased expression.
Yes, I should have, now that you think so.
I could have used it to boil vegetables or cook dhal, I said regretting for my indecisiveness.
You could have atleast bought the Rice cooker, similar to the one we have, it would have saved you another visit to the store, he rued.
You know, another reason for not buying one was I was debating between the advantages the electric cooker and the pressure cooker had, I said trying to explain the reason for not making my purchase.
Aunty, I feel you should have bought the pressure cooker, what ever its model and size, because you know why? Said my nephew who was silent until then.
Why? I asked quite surprised to see him joining in our conversation.
You know aunty, ideas usually generate in the U.S. and are promptly picked up by the rest of the world, more so by India but in the case of this kitchen gadget it seems to be the reverse, he said looking pointedly at each of us.
We were at a loss to know what was going on in his mind from his expression !
n.meera raghavendra rao