I wonder which of your parents has influenced you most ? Asked my husband.
Since the question came out of the blue, I didn’t have a ready answer.
Is it a question or a doubt? I countered.
Both, he said promptly looking quizzically at me.
Well, if you need an immediate answer, I feel both my parents influenced me, probably in equal measure, I said.
Why don’t you elaborate on their individual influence? he said sounding like a psychologist .
Well, to begin with I resemble both my parents, that is looks wise. My father was very fond of the English language and proud to say both his spoken and written English were impeccable.
What else? He asked.
He was a very friendly person and had a lot of friends, also was of a helping nature.
What about your mother? He asked next.
My mother was very intelligent and was a good conversationalist. She had a very melodious voice and sang very well, I told him.
Yes, I remember how beautifully she sang, he said.
Also she was a good cook turning out delicious food in a jiffy, that too cooking on char coal, I added recalling the mouthwatering stuff she made for the family.
And, let me think——O.K.You tell me now whose qualities I have inherited and who influenced me most since you have been observing me the last four plus decades of our marriage, I literally shot the question which perhaps took him off guard.
Do you want me be honest? He said laughing.
Yes, ofcourse, I emphasized .
Are you sure you will not feel offended? He asked looking straight at me.
Go ahead, I am waiting, I said.
I notice your parents have influenced you nodoubt but certainly not in an ‘Equal measure’ as you seem to think because your culinary prowess doesn’t match with that of your mother’s and I am afraid the less said about your efforts towards becoming a singer ,the better!
n.meera raghavendra rao