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Socializing as Newly-Weds


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Wife serving foodMeghna was very confused. Her husband had promised when they were engaged to each other, that after their wedding, most of the local population in the small town of J—— where he lived and worked would be inviting them to dinner. “You need not cook dinner for the first two months at least,” he had told her. “People will keep inviting us. And after that, you will have sufficient experience to call them back in batches.” When he saw the skeptical look on her face, he added, “I will also help you, of course.”

Meghna was satisfied. Going to J——-, where neither her parents or in-laws lived, and setting up home was quite a daunting prospect for the M. Sc. Life Sciences gold medalist. “Its great that I have such an understanding husband,” she thought to herself. “Its also wonderful that he has built up such a vast number of friends and goodwill in the town where he studied and began his career.”

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Hook, Line and Sink(er…)


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Hook, Line and SinkerIn the old days falling desperately in love with someone was referred to as falling for them ‘hook, line and sinker’. Such sailor-like terminology undoubtedly brought out the tremendous surge of attraction felt when we encounter someone who seems exactly what we have always wanted. However, for newly-weds, such nautical references are not so relevant as the more pertinent questions like, ‘Where shall we place the hook to hang the bags/keys/ladles?’ ‘What should we do about the washing line?’ and ‘Can’t we take turns at putting the dishes in the sink?’

Yes, domesticity brings its own seasoning to romance. No love can be considered perfect unless it has experienced at least some days of shared domesticity. This is what finally brings the feelings of love down to earth. Such sharing reveals care and consideration for each other – or, on the other hand, exposes a boorish and inconsiderate attitude. The first tensions can, quite simply, arise when a couple are setting up home, and differ on simple matters of convenience. Supervising the electrician and plumber, the carpenter and housemaid bring up how husband and wife grew up in different environments, with their own definitions of comfort.

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