Friday, June 15, 2007

Conversation with daughters- 14

I have a couple of thieves in my house. I can’t even hand them over to the police, because I have fathered them. I am pretty helpless.

Till some time back, I used to sport a thick, black moustache, which required quite a bit of maintenance. Among the many tools and appurtenances that I kept in my ‘emergency care’ kit, was a pair of scissors to trim the moustache. Imagine my agony, when one fine morning, I found them missing, forcing me to go out into the world with an untrimmed moustache and injured Tamilian pride. I decided to nab the culprits. Quick enquiries led me to my daughter’s study and there, amidst the debris and ruin, was my favourite pair of scissors. Daughter had borrowed it. “To cut out a picture to make a birthday card for my dearest friend” she informed me.

One of my friends has two sons and wept inconsolably when I visited him many years back. He had hell at home, he told me, with the brats constantly absconding with his Yonex racquet, his white shorts or his wrist bands. I sympathized with him and left him. Later, I thanked my stars when I was blessed with two daughters. Alas, I found to my dismay, that flicking dad’s shorts and socks was not something that the male offspring alone indulged in. Both the X-X and the X-Y chromosome pairs carry this vital piece of genetic information. Thus, female off-springs are equally prone to and adept in purloining things that belong to male parent.

Envelopes, stapler, nail clippers, track pants, slippers, calculator, handkerchief, hair brush, pens – nothing is safe with these kleptomaniacs around, I have discovered.

Obviously, I won’t be able to lock up all these assorted things in my trusted Godrej almirah, away from the reach of this marauding pair. There are far too many miscellaneous items to collect and fit into one almirah.

Idea ! I will keep the thieves in safe custody inside the almirah. That’s a much simpler solution.

Update : Hardly had I pressed the "enter" button to post this blog, when I discovered that the elder of the two merciless marauders had coolly taken off today with a pair of Nike socks that belonged to me. Compounding the crime, she had taken a 'wrong' pair, one sock ( is that singular allowed?) with a blue band and the other with a red band. So, not only have I lost a pair today, I am stuck with another wrong pair, in my cupboard.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Raj,
Your previous post "Happy Endings" has appeared on the Bangalore Mirror, bloggers' park column today. Congrats.

Raj said...

Anon, thanks for the info,

Lalita said...

Raj, do unto them as they do unto you. Nick their things. I do, I liberate my son's pullovers, pens and more.

Lalita

Ashu said...

That's cho chweet... :-)

All the best with your wrong pair of socks! :-)

Poppins said...

Raj, plenty of your blogs appear on that said Vijayatimes paper's blogger column. Do they ask for your permission? Isn't that like copyright infringement?

I hope they are paying you for these amazingly funny posts !

Poppins said...

Oops I meant blog posts

Ashu said...

I too saw one of your blog data on Bangalore Mirror Saturday edition ( 16th June)!

Raj said...

lalita : thanks for the tip. will work on it.

poppins : thanks for the concern. vijaytimes had taken my ok for publishing my posts.

ashu : here I am being looted and you find it cho schweet?

Ashu said...

Raj,

Well after all, these are the memories you will treasure :-) Isn't it ?

Raj said...

ashu, you are right. these are the most adorable thieves

dipali said...

Your daughters sound like lovable magpies- and you sound like a happily chick-pecked father! What's a few missing thingummies and mismatched socks between Appa and his darlings?

Raj said...

dipali : "chick-pecked' father. That's a new expression I have learnt today. Thanks

Anonymous said...

You have a gift. I just love the way you put across your thoughts. Lovely daughters (as I picture them), and surely lucky ones!

Saptarishi said...

Your blog is one of the best i have come across. i dream of writing like this...hope i will have time and mind like you..I love the way you have put across the thoughts.

Regards,
Rajesh MG.

Raj said...

Rajesh, thank you for the compliments. Feels good when someone drops by and cares to comment, months after I posted this.

veena said...

I came across ur blog today itself ....and u r a very good with expressing ur thoughts and the talks between u nd ur daughters........

veena said...

I came across ur blog today itself ....and u r very good with expressing ur thoughts and the talks between u nd ur daughters........

Anonymous said...

your blogs are the best... People would read them even after years!