Akash came with his plate after dinner and just when he was about to leave it in the sink,
“Wash your plates maa” Padmini told him.
“Maa.. Please maa” he pleaded and walked away even before she said it’s okay.
Anu came and just when she about to leave her plate in the sink. Padmini asked Anu to wash her plate, and also requested her to wash Akash’s, Ravi’s and also other utensils if possible, as she was pouring just opened packet milk in the milk cooker. Anu was little irritated, but did clean all as she was always obedient to her mother.
Ravi and Padmini were married for 15 years; Anu was their 13 year old daughter and Akash, their 10 year old son.
It took another 20 minutes for Padmini to leave the kitchen & some good 30 more minutes reviewing the home work of her children; Ravi was busy in his computer when she entered their room. She decided to speak that day.
“What’s the issue? Madam” Ravi asked as if he could read the nuances in her face.
“Nothing new, I have been asking you to do some help for me in kitchen” she said in an irritated tone.
“Well, I gave two options to you instead. Either quit the job or we shall have a maid, if you can’t organize yourself with office work and domestic responsibilities” he said in his usual calm tone.
“I am not carrier aspirant at all and you know that better, we have mutually agreed that I should work, so that we can have better future for our kids” she tried to refresh his memory.
“Hmmm…” he was busy in his computer still.
“I never had a problem until your mom was there with us; she used to help me a lot in kitchen errands. Also she took care of the kid, which gave me much breathing space for me after office…” she continued hoping he was still listening.
She was irritated to the core, yet continued “… but ever since she passed away 6 months before, I keep on lamenting in your deaf ears”
“Ok fine, I will arrange for a maid within next Monday” his voice was crisp.
“No Ravi” she reflexed “Having a maid will have considerable cost impact for us, may be one-fourth of my salary” she was at her usual calculative best.
“I am not asking you to share my work equally at home, neither did ask you to help me everyday” her voice softened by then, “Can’t you help me at least two or three days a month?”
Ravi looked at her and smiled “See my dear; I could understand you, your problem. But unfortunately I never did these things ever; you know I am the youngest and only son of my parents followed by four sister. Sorry, I never used up to this”
“The best solution is we shall have a maid soon” he almost concluded.
Padmini just said good night after then, not willing to waste any more energy in vain.
Next evening, just when Akash about to leave his plate in sink;
Padmini said “Akash, wash your plates”
He protested “maa… please”
When he was trying to walk away, she held his hand firm and insisted: