I MET JORU KA GULAM THIS MORNING, SAID MY HUSBAND SOON AFTER RETURNING FROM HIS MORNING WALK.
Which one? I said.
The one who is a marketing executive, he said.
But I know quite a few of them . Unless you are more specific I can’t guess whom you are referring to, I stated impatiently.
o.k. he is middle aged and a father of four children, he elaborated.
Ah, that rings a bell. What did he have to say ? I hope he has not come out with fresh complaints about his wife and children who are all ‘mamma’s babies’ I laughed.
No, for a change he was talking about the deteriorating situation in our country at all levels, said my husband .
That’s good, probably his stock of complaints against his family is exhausted, I said feeling happy.
Or better still probably he has asserted his position as the head of the family at last, I added.
Ah, that sounds better , poor man, sighed my husband.
What is the opposite of jorukagulam? I asked him.
‘Sahib kagulam’ I guess , he said after thinking hard.
I feel you are right and the expression fits me to a T , I said looking straight at him!
Let’s talk about the country’s future, he said looking peevishly .