Where do I get some alcohol? I asked my husband.
I am the last person to know because I am a teetotaler, he replied looking aghast at me.
Soon he composed himself and said jokingly, ‘I hope you don’t want to try the hard drink yourself.’
Well, for all you know as the saying goes it is never too late to learn, it’s also never too late to begin, I said.
But I thought all along you were against smoking and drinking. Why this sudden interest in getting ‘some alcohol’, he reiterated .
Why don’t you get some for me, atleast half a litre, I pleaded.
Not until you tell me the reason, he insisted.
I need it for a new recipe my friend suggested, I said.
Are you going to try it out on me? He asked appearing shocked.
No, don’t worry, certainly not on you because you don’t have any problem, I said.
Which means you are going to be your own guinea pig, he guffawed.
Well, yes, I said.
And suffer the consequences. If you ask me, I advise you not to get tempted by anything at this age, he warned.
Don’t worry. My recipe is not for consumption but for application to ward off the buzzing creatures which hover around me and bite me with vengeance, I assured and noticed the relief on his face!
n.meera raghavendra rao