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The Omissions and Commissions of Girls (Sorry…Women)


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BoysI had listened in on a chat session my daughter was having with her girlfriends and written about their comments in an earlier post – The Omissions and Commissions of Men. My son was not amused by the fact that I had chosen to carry a bunch of his sister’s friends’ comments on what was wrong with men. According to him, there was plenty that was wrong with girls, or young women. In fact, he promised to make me a list of over 100 points.

When (typically) this list was not forthcoming after many weeks, I finally ambushed three of his friends one day and asked them for clarity on what annoyed or upset them about young women. This is what I unearthed:

“Its most annoying when girls outperform boys at school and college and behave as if bookish knowledge is the best.” (Madhav) Yes, girls often do better than boys in school, college, or even in an office setting, where they may be more conscientious and focused. But to feel confident and not threatened by a girl’s ability, scholastic or otherwise, a man needs to feel that he is being appreciated as a whole, not just as a reflection of his mark sheet or appraisal report.

The Laundry Lists


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Laundry ListIt was their sixteenth fight since their wedding eight months ago. As Pradeep reached out to hug Nishi, trying to make up for their hot and angry words, to which he had contributed a fair share, she shrugged out and walked away. After that, she got busy in the kitchen. He knew just by watching the set of her shoulders that she would not speak to him for some time.

Shaking his head in frustration, he stepped out to buy some fruits, soap and eggs, then came back and wrote this note that he stuck with a pineapple shaped magnet on to their fridge.

“Sorry!” he wrote. “Have got the things you wanted. Just don’t make ‘dalia’ for breakfast and lunch again. I need a break from it for at least two months.”

By the time he had finished his bath, Nishi was choosing her clothes from the cupboard in their room. He passed her without a word. As he went towards the kitchen, he noticed her reply stuck on the fridge – written in a purple ink.

Recipe for a happy and healthy Diwali


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Butter murukkuIt’s that time of the year again when festivity is in the air. Besides, no festivity can be complete without sweets. And home made sweets is like the icing on the cake. No, don’t worry these recipes will not make you sweat in the kitchen for ours. So, here’s to today’s superwoman. A couple of recipes which can be made in a jiffy.

Butter Murukku

Ingredients:

Rice flour 2 cups
Carom seeds (ajwain) 1 tsp
Salt according to taste
Slatless butter ½ cup
Oil to deep fry

Cheating and the male psyche


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CheatingI recently came across a book called - “The truth about cheating” by M. Gary Neuman. The book is about why men cheat and what women can do to stop them from doing so. Like everybody else in civilized society I was also aware that some men cheat but I didn’t think the problem was important enough to be written about. But, life is full of surprises. My very good friend Paromita (name changed) confided that her husband was having a roaring affair and that though things had gone very far she was sticking to the marriage because of their daughter Raima.

I think the fact was as shocking for me as it was for her because Arvind (Paromita’s husband) was a common friend and he played the devoted boyfriend and husband to the hilt. After this revelation I decided to go through Mr. Neuman’s book to find out more on the subject to see if I could reduce the plight for my friend. And guess what, according to the book one in about 3 men cheat on their partners and most of the time they are so good at covering up the affair that their partners never find out. Now, that is scary indeed!

The changing face of sexual norms


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Changing face of sexual normsThose were the days when love, romance and innocence were all part of one treasured package. Eager to explore the mystery of sex but too petrified about the outcome, you remained what you were meant to remain – a virgin till marriage happened. I’m speaking about life in the 60s through the mid 70s.

Like most girls of my age (I was 19 then), I had an ideal – to relate closely with a man emotionally first and only then physically. Given the potent attraction that the opposite sex held for us, one never forgot that sex was trouble and female sexuality, dangerous. If you were smart, you necked, you kissed and allowed his hands to probe a bit, but you held on tenaciously to the most important thing in your life as a woman – your virginity!

In the circles that I moved in, there were however, some couples who went beyond the prescribed limits of ‘decency’. But even for them, sex had to have an emotional resonance. Hardly ever did a woman relinquish her virginity with ease. And if you had indulged in premarital sex and people got to know about it, it most certainly put you beyond the pale.