Is your survey over? Asked my husband soon after I stepped in.
Well, I could visit nearly a dozen houses, I mean apartments and talk to the inmates, I said.
You don’t sound too happy, he said noticing my lack luster response.
You are right. Infact my expectations proved wrong, I lamented.
What did you expect in the first place ?
I expected to meet the entire family, today being Family Day and wished to learn how each family was celebrating the occasion, I said.
Could you? He said raising his eyebrows.
Yes, I did in a way but my experience has taught me how naïve I was, I observed.
That’s not surprising , he mocked .
Aye, you don’t have to rub it in me, I retorted.
O.K. why don’t you tell me something about the people you met, he said changing his tone.
Well, you know I chose my sample at random and literally gatecrashed into apartments of absolute strangers, I said feeling enthused.
I met a couple who appeared newly married as the lady was sporting a sparkling gold mangal sutra and beautiful glass bangles and during our conversation when their pet joined us I learnt I was wrong in my presumption, I said.
What had the pet to do with your presumption or assumption? He said surprised.
Well, the lady said she was trying to make her boyfriend accept her pet along with her, I said.
Supposing he didn’t ?
She was prepared to call her marriage off, I stated.
I thought as much, chuckled my husband.
When I proceeded to continue my survey, I was in for more surprises and shocks excepting for my experience with the last family I met, I said reminiscing the pleasant thoughts.
Now you have really aroused my curiosity, tell me more about a few other families you met, he said stressing on families.
Two of them were single mothers, having divorced their spouses for what ever reason, a couple of them were single fathers having lost their wives and finding it difficult to handle their adolescent sons, I informed.
I really pity them, said he.
Then I met a couple whose children were studying for their degree and were staying in a hostel, so I was disappointed as I couldn’t meet the entire family, I said.
Now, to cut things short and coming to the last in my sample , I was happy to meet the entire family in the true sense of the word and was pleasantly surprised to see three generations living under one roof, I said my eyes sparkling.
Aye, that’s wonderful and really good news in today’s scenario. I am glad your efforts have not proved futile, He asserted.
You will also be happy to know they make it a point to have dinner together every day and the grand children are looking forward to a feast prepared by their grand mother tonight, I said and noticed my husband’s mouth watering!
n.meera raghavendra rao