Probably it was by sheer coincidence that I came across all “like thinking people” in the course of a day. My itinerary for the day was to attend a meeting which was scheduled at 9’0 clock at one of the five star hotels in the city. As soon as I packed off my husband with his packed lunch and saw him off to his college, I hopped into the waiting cab to reach the venue of my meeting. Seeing me huffing and puffing, the elderly cabbie turned round from his seat and asked, “amma, do you have a cook?” Though I felt the query was unwarranted, I said No, a little forcefully in order not to give in to his further probing. But I was wrong because he next said, “amma, you mean to say at your age you prepare food so early in the morning for your husband? ( obviously he must have noticed my husband carrying his lunch bag)
I was quite taken aback the way he stressed on “ your” and coming from someone who appeared at least 10 years my senior, I thought I should give him a befitting reply. I said, “If you can drive at your age, I think I can still cook at my age” and there was total silence till he dropped me.
I next visited a book shop to pick up a copy of the book I had written. The sales man’s curiousity probably was aroused when he saw my picture on the back cover because he said, “maam, did you write this book after you retired?”
I didn’t bother to answer him.
I walked into one of the reputed showrooms to pick up a trendy sari. When I asked the salesman to show me some, he said, ‘ maam, is it for your daughter?’
I immediately made to the exit.
Feeling like a deflated balloon I related the day’s happenings to my husband.
High time you heed my advice and dye your hair, he suggested.
I thought for once he was not joking!
n.meera raghavendra rao