The other day our friends invited us to dinner at a popular restaurant and I was delighted as it meant shutting off my kitchen for the day. My husband and I reached the place at the specified hour leaving home early enough in view of the traffic snarls. Luckily the Chennai traffic didn’t pose a problem inspite of being the week end.
Our friends did arrive a little after and we joined them immediately in order to grab a table considering the weekend rush. One look at the manager who appeared engrossed in adding to the already long list of people waiting for their turn was enough to put us off and literally take to our heels in search of another restaurant but we couldn’t escape the eyes of the vigilant manager who happened to spot us before we could act.
‘Why this unusual rush today? ‘I stammered more out of politeness.
Madam, nothing unusual if you realize that nobody wants to entertain anymore at home ,he literally accused.
Well, it is understandable , I nodded. More so because it is the weekend, I added.
No, madam , the waiting list is the same even on working days, he said and got back to enter the names of another four people trying to get his attention.
We were faced with a similar scene at a couple of other restaurants we visited and decided ‘home hospitality’ was the best and settled for a simple dinner which was piping hot!