Amma, what do you advise me to buy for Diwali? Asked my maid while going about her chores?
It all depends upon your budget , I said fearing what she would come out with next.
Amma, I wish to buy atleast a gram of gold for my daughter who might be getting married in the next year or two, she said in all earnestness.
That’s a very sensible of you, I agreed feeling happy.
But my daughter wants me to buy her a grand sari and a string of beads to match, she complained.
Well, that’s the difference between the two generations. Now you have to decide whether to look for an investment or to please your daughter, I said.
Amma, I feel keeping my daughter in good humour is more important at the moment rather than planning for her future , she said after a long pause.
Amma, how much would a small silver chain cost? She asked when I was thinking the matter ended there.
No idea, but certainly much less than gold or a grand sari, I told her.
Then I will do one thing. I will buy her a silver chain, she said appearing very pleased at her decision.
That’s a good idea, I said.
But amma, she will also need a sari to go with it, doesn’t she? She said pretending to be naïve.
Yes, you are right , I agreed for the second time.
Amma, from the time I started working for you, I noticed whatever you have been giving me during festivals, has been very lucky for me, which is because of your ‘Raasiyanakai.’ Please buy a sari for my daughter as well for Diwali. She will accompany you when you go for shopping for Diwali and you can gift the sari with your own hands, she implored.