Before I start this post, let me tell you that this post is not about husbands and dating.
The Indian festival season is upon us, and most Indian women, I’m sure, are busy stocking up their kitchens, and bringing out their sarees and traditional wear.
I am no exception. I have spent a few hours this last week trying to decide on which sarees to wear and the accessories to go with them.
So, picture this scene. I am pulling out sarees from my wardrobe, placing each one against my shoulder and performing a critical self-evaluation. My husband is in the background, watching TV or reading the newspaper for the nth time.
Some of my wedding sarees capture my attention. Each of these sarees brings back great memories. Some were gifts from my husband’s parents, some from my aunts, and most from my parents. I pull out a peacock blue saree with a simple zari border. This was the saree that I wore when I met my husband for the first time.
I am swept away in a wave of joy. Draping the folded saree on my shoulder, I rush to share this happy memory.
But, but, but…instead of merely sharing the memory and the joy, I quiz him.
“Do you remember this saree?” I ask, my eyes gleaming with happiness.
He lifts his head from the newspaper rather slowly.
“Hmmm…what?” he asks, in slow motion.
I repeat the question. His face suddenly takes on a wary expression. He knows the consequences of not remembering. I can almost see the gears in his head working overtime. He narrows his eyes and slants his eyes, hoping that these acts will somehow give him the answer to my simple question.
I wait. For I know that he is trapped. We have played this memory game many times with anniversary dates, birthdays, first time we met type of dates etc.
This is one variant of this game. I decide to be nice to him. I tell him that this is the saree I wore on our first meeting.
He laughs – ‘relief’ escaping through his mouth. I laugh too.
Just half an hour back he was reeling off Formula 1 statistics, as we sat watching the Monza GP telecast. So where do men store these facts ?
I have no answers…..I smile and get back to my wardrobe planning. My friends will remember what I wore and when I wore what! And I will remember their sarees too.
And in this shared camaraderie, we will celebrate the Indian festival season, with lots of food, fun, selfies and gorgeous sarees.
Best wishes of the season to all of you!