Was going through a previous recent thread of age old rules we are compelled to follow... For me, apart from other such irrational rules, is the "U-N-T-O-C-H-A-B-I-L-I-T-Y M-O-D-E" i switch on to every month! Yeah no guesses its "that time of the month"!! And this is something my MIL feels great and proud about when she announces to her peers, that they make me "SIT" every month!! I live in 17th century you see and me being a Medical officer and a Research student becomes INVALID as soon as used to I enter ILs house everyday!!! Its way tooooo funny and wide eyed experience for me My MIL always had a smirk kind of expression on her face every time any of the below mentioned "Lady-In-Period-RULES" I was not aware off....she thought I am a complete nitwit to be ignorant of these rules and she my 'holy savior' taking me from darkness to light!! Loooong post...make time....Read on.... Its about 1.3 yrs of wedding....and every month has been a hell during my periods! One episode of a big argument with MIL as she ORDERED me that every month one day during periods I need to take leave and be at home and rest for my own future well being!!!!!!!!!! Anyway here is my story.... Before we moved into a bigger house, the initial 2 chums as a "new bride" were spent center of the drawing room with a well defined boundary....and later in the new house my bedroom corner...which I call "My Fort" As I have back ache issues, they are generous enough to let me use a sleeping bag and a trekking mat and an plastic air pillow during those days... :thankyou2: So as to not trouble my DH, as soon as my PMS symptoms start I pack off a travel bag with cloths, bedding, accessories, dressing stuff etc needed for 3 nights and 4 days.... And then the day arrives.... So the announcement which my MIL cant avoid happens.... "OHHHH AMMAaaaaa I AM OUT".......  MIL: When did it happen? ME: At office... MIL: Ohhh.....did you have the napkin with you? ME: Yes I had... MIL: Oh you carry a spare one with you is it?? ME: :confused2:..... [In case i get it at home at mid night or something, then a huge debate on if 12.30 am should be considered as the next day as per English calender, or still considered the previous day as per hindu calender as its not sunrise yet!!!! ] DAY 1, 2, 3 Goes by like this.... FOOD: I get served in either disposable plates or glasses...or the regular one which I need to keep with me with-in my "3-Night-Fort" !! Food is dropped to my plate from over a foot above...and so also any beverage into my glass.... BATHROOM: The bathroom I use...none can use....or they need get a bucket of water filled and brought from any other tap elsewhere in the house and pour it into my bathroom and over the taps and then use it! GAIT AND IN-HOUSE MOVEMENTS: So for three days I need to walk around without touching anything around...My fort to out of the house and viceversa with baby steps alike a Japaneese in those "Sayonaara" kinda cloths!! SWITCH BOARD:Making good use of 3 nights rest, I study...Now we have just one switch board...so I use a loooooong extension cord from one end of the room to My fort making 200% sure that it is not coming in contact with the DHs bed or any thing nearby.... OUTINGS: No functions, or relative visits etc during those days In case we haaavvvve to go somewhere then they all come in car and I need to follow them in my scooty DOCTOR VISIT: In case some one has to be taken to the clinic, the above rules of travel apply, Plus stay away from the consulting doctor/nurse, lest they happen to have a by-mistake contact with my pallu/dupatta etc while passing by me and then go and touch the patient of my family... --> Once my FIL had an emergency eye check up... I went in one bus and he came in the next!!! Lest the conductor touches me for the ticket and then go touch my FIL for his ticket!!! The doc asked him to repeat the words on the wall....As he is hearing impaired I need to gesture to him in sign language to read the board... ...................................he had shut his eyes!!!!! :bonk ......how to call him with out touching him!!! I took a book close to his face and fanned him to open his eyes and then did the gesturing!!! And as we walked out of the docs chamber the darned door had a curtain!!! I had to wait till FIL walked out of the door and then made my way!!! DAY 4 Morning: Wake DH to put on the geyser in the common bathroom. Meanwhile wash EVERY SINGLE stuff touched or in use during those 3 days, including hand bag, water bottle etc and hang it for drying on the terrace immediately....because otherwise you need to put it for drying atleast before sunset.....I come home late...so thats not an option for me... Then have a head bath in "my bathroom"...Then shivering go into the common bathroom and sit near the drain outlet.....by when MIL will wake up and come TO GIVE ME A BATH 'APNE HAATHON'...... NO NOOOOO!!! I HAVE MADE IT CLEAR THAT I WILL KEEP MY BATH ROBE ON!!!! and then she will pour mugs together of BOILING hot water....no no i cant oppose...because if i prefer warm water instead, "THAT IS THE CRUX of why u catch cold so often" happens...SO instead I pray that I dont get blisters and continue to get bathed and rinse myself inside out... Then...she will pass on some tamarind with which I need to scrub all the taps... Next she will pass some turmeric with which I need to lavishly scrub the customary worn jewels and face and feet... Then she will give me turmeric water to drink TURNING TO THE EAST DIRECTION... yummmm slurrrpppp Ahhhhh!!!! AND NOW PRESENTING TO YOU A NEW PURE MEEEE!!!:queen Back to normal self!! I carry a bucket of water to MY BATHROOM...splash all over and scrub the taps with the tamarind as well...now my bathroom is also pure and can be used by all.... ...................and thus finishes my 3 night and 4 days "fort vacation" every month... I can enter the kitchen on day 4 but my FIL will not eat anything cooked by me untill Day 5 bath!!! WHAT ABOUT MY DH THROUGH THESE DAYS??? He aint supposed to touch me either....his "scared thread" will become impure if he comes in my contact and its a SIN!!! BUT PLEASE NOTE its not a SIN if he dosnt follow rituals needed to be followed by the one wearing it...or any rules......freaks out with spike hair do... skull chain, booze parties...etc etc BUT HE WILL NOT TOUCH ME..... One thing which he also ardently follows even in my WEEKDAY HOME no matter how much logic i try to explain why it was followed olden days....sigh! If he leaves a used coffee glass in a corner, or clothes unfolded and I happen to get my periods, it will all remain as is where is untill i finish my Day 5......hmmmmmm MY LITTLE STRATEGY: White Lies of course! Read a few things on the IL website which I apply... Make sure one of the 4 days is a sunday That way sleeep for the whole day!!! And regarding DH....i havnt been able to figure out how to convince him....any discussion of rationality and logic ends up in major battles and he claiming that god itself is not logical but still why I believe etc etc... I tell him its not ALL OR NONE LAW.... But All in vain.... siiiiigh.... Any suggestions to put some sense into my DH is welcome... ideasmiley I know many of you have your own set of The 5 day rules followed or heard off..... Do share.......make me feel better!!!!