Never in my wildest dreams did I think that today, after about 23 years of marriage and over 2 years of courtship I would be penning this article!
You see, I have this strong feeling, that off late, my beloved wife has started nagging me! It did not strike me at first that such was the case. Over all these wonderful twenty five years, I thought, she was just offering me some good solid advice (albeit unsolicited at times) on all topics under the sun. “Wow! I surely am a lucky bloke to have such an intelligent wife”, I used to think.
Now when did this good solid advice turn to nagging, I thought? Basically I can’t pin point the exact time. Maybe, it was during the courtship days. Maybe, it was after our beloved princess was born. Maybe, it was during the initial years of marriage? Maybe, it was after the seven year itch…oops! marriage? Maybe, it was after a decade and half of a happy married life? Maybe, after two decades? Maybe, it was yesterday……? Maybe, since today morning? Maybe, never…….…..oh My God! I really can’t put my finger on it……. Then, why do I have this strong feeling that is my wife nagging me?
From what I do remember, it started with my wardrobe. You could say I was a conservative dresser usually preferring formal pants and full sleeved shirts as everyday dressing, even on weekend outings.
“Jaanu, this half sleeved shirt will go very well with the formal pants for the Saturday meeting”.
“Sweetheart, did you not like the half sleeved shirt I presented you? Why don’t you wear it on Tuesday?”
“Honey, you should wear denims. These Levis will make you look younger!”
Lo and behold! From a formal dresser my wardrobe now resembles a wardrobe of a teenager!!!
Then it started with household chores. Not that I was not doing my bit but the percentage varied according to her.
“Jaanu, you are an exemplary hubby. During my business visits abroad you take care of the house so well.” Naturally I started preening and then came the knockout punch! “Sweetheart, I have heard from Amy (our daughter) that the chicken schezwan you had made when I was not there was yummy, why don’t you make the same for me today?” K.O. From that day, my percentage of time in the kitchen improved dramatically!!
“Honey you have become a couch potato by watching all the silly cricket matches. We don’t seem to be spending any quality time with each other. Why don’t we go to the nearby park and spend some quality ‘us’ time?
“Love, just the other day my mother had called. She feels something is wrong between us. Why don’t we visit her more often so that such doubts don’t arise in her mind?”
“Jaanu, the husband of one of my colleague too has similar temper issues like you. They have just consulted a good therapist. If you are free next week why don’t we fix up an appointment?”
I thought to myself OH MY GOD!!! MY WIFE HAS STARTED NAGGING ME!!
And so in no time the following fundamental changes took place in my personality:
From a sombre, serious person with a ready temper, I turned mellow, more fun loving and carefree. (My friends say I have even started purring like a cat)
My culinary skills which were rudimentary and basic have a Master Chef like quality now.
My wardrobe from a stuffy ‘suity’ type has turned more hep now. Shirts have been replaced by t-shirts, pants by jeans, leather shoes by sneakers, boxers by French briefs……you get the point I believe!
From a lazy couch potato with an ample paunch I am more energetic and leaner due to long romantic walks and yes, my paunch has more or less vanished.
Now I think OH MY GOD!!! MY WIFE HAS STARTED NAGGING ME OR ……..IS IT? 🙂
~ Murtaza Kharawala