What are you so preoccupied with? Asked my husband noticing me deep in thought.
Wait, don’t disturb me, I am seriously considering becoming an entrepreneur, I said without even turning my glance at him.
That’s interesting, what business are you proposing to start? He said.
Well, I have two or three options in mind, I said.
What are they? He asked. (I could sense his curiousity )
My first option is opening an outfit for readymade blouses, I said.
His chuckle indicated his disapproval but I went on, you know tailors charge exorbitantly to stitch blouses these days, in fact they prefer stitching dresses and the like, I said.
What is your second option? He said.
Opening a Lending library, I said.
That sounds more sensible, why don’t you do that, considering the large collection you have, buying every book that you fancy, he said with a tinge of sarcasm. Perhaps you can even recover a part of the cost by doing so, he added.
That’s my intention also, I conceded.
What is your third option? he asked.
I t is something what I do everyday, I said.
You mean nagging? He said pre-empting me.
Don’t be silly, I can’t become an entrepreneur of nagging, in fact I will be happy if you stop your nagging and nitpicking, I accused.
O.K. without digressing, why don’t you tell me your third option? He asked impatiently.
Opening a Food joint, beginning with breakfast to start with, that too comprising only one item, I said.
What is that going to be? He said becoming more and more interested as well as curious.
One of the many items I am good at preparing, I said proudly.
That’s news to me, anyway tell me what you have in mind, he said.
Why don’t you guess? I said.
After a long pause he said, I give up because to be frank, in my opinion cooking good food is not one of your strong points.
Don’t dampen my spirits, anyway I have decided to go ahead with my third option, I said.
The one item on the menu for breakfast is going to be “Pesarattu”, a typical Andhra dish, I stated.
You mean MLA PESARATTU? He asked. I could see his mouth watering at the mention of the Andhra exclusive.
Why don’t you start your venture straight away, you will have my full support, he offered.
Glad at his approval and his offer, I wanted to know in what way he would help me.
In whatever way you wish. I could be your taster for one thing and take care of your accounts, he suggested.
Thanks, tell me what do I call my enterprise? I said
“Meera Mami’s Pesarattu joint”, he replied with an air of pride.
Why not have your name as a suffix in place of Mami? I suggested
You better stick to your second option, was his spontaneous reaction.
n.meera raghavendra rao