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The Mangalsutra Mystery

Discussion in 'Snippets of Life (Non-Fiction)' started by Laks09, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. Laks09

    Laks09 Staff Member Finest Post Winner

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    Finest Blog - Runner Up - June 2010


    The big day finally arrived. I’ve never been as excited in ages. Today would be the start of a completely stress free and a wonderful break. We deserved it, after working so hard the past year. With a spring in my step, I packed the last of my necessities and put the house in order. Next was getting all my jewellery in a box and heading to the bank locker. The last thing I wanted was to miss visiting the Bank Locker and stress about my precious stones and metals lying in the cupboard unguarded. I made a perplexing observation, my diamond mangalsutra and matching earrings were not in any of the usual hot spots I leave things at. I seldom wear it, but where could it go?

    Irritated with my absent mindedness and worried about not making it to the bank on time, I decided to recheck all my secret stash spots in my cupboard. One more check turned up empty. Now is when I start to worry.

    Where did my mangalsutra go? Time to check with DH who is furiously typing away, sending out last minute emails like there is no tomorrow.

    Me(Calling out to him): Sweet heart, did you see my diamond Mangalsutra lately?

    Dh: What Mangalsutra?

    Me(trying to not lose it): The diamond one that you got me for our anniversary years ago. The one I wear regularly to office on days I drape sarees.

    Dh(I know this is a trick question, she is quizzing me): Ooh, that one! Sweetie, I happened to see you wearing in twenty minutes ago. Did you take it off and put it on the dresser?

    Me(with a tad bit of annoyance creeping into my voice): No that is my solitaire. I’m talking about my Mangalsutra.

    Dh: Look carefully, it should be in the locker.
    Me: I checked thrice, it’s not there.

    Dh: Oh yeah, now I remember. You did visit the bank locker after we got back from my place last month. I think you put it there.

    Me(trying hard to remember): I can’t remember leaving it in the bank locker but I never leave it there. I always have it handy to wear.

    Dh(walking into our room and glaring at the now wide open Godrej double door cupboard and locker): Are you sure you didn’t leave it in the Bank? Looks like you did an exhaustive search.

    Me(putting my brain on overload and getting it to stress): I’m not sure.
    Dh(who knows my memory quite well by now trying to be supportive): Lets go to the bank. Anyway you needed to leave your jewellery in the Bank.

    Me(to my ever faithful assistant): A, did you see my Mangalsutra around, the black bead one? Do you remember the last time I wore it?

    Assistant: Yes Akka, the day you went out with your parents when they were here. You took it off and put it in your cupboard.

    Me: Are you sure?

    Assistant: Yes , Akka. I selected your bangles myself. You came back took off your jewellery and put it in your cupboard as usual.

    Dh(After glancing at the contents of the now ransacked locker): Lets go, it’s not here.

    Me(grabbing the rest of the jewellery in a rush, mumbling an instruction to my assistant to handle DD while I went out quickly and rushing out the door): I hope it is there.

    Dh(who has gauged my stress levels by now): Calm down. We’ll find it.

    Of course the bank was closed and after a futile attempt at convincing the Bank manager to let me check my jewellery, I walk out barely managing to control my anger, frustration and my overactive tear glands. All I needed was to see DH waiting in the car to burst out and wallow in self pity.

    Me: I hate this bank. Who operates a bank from 9.30 – 2.30? I’m pulling out my money and my locker. I’m going to an MNC bank. No more wholly Indian banks for me.

    Dh(with the I told you so look): Come on, cheer up. We are going for our vacation. Is this chain of yours that important? How much can it cost? Is it more important than us? We are celebrating a milestone here, let’s concentrate on that. Remember you wanted to de-stress!

    Me(Crying harder): OMG, I can’t believe I lost my Mangalsutra. How can you even try to put a price to something so precious?

    My not so dear anymore H(with a quizzical look): I thought we didn’t give undue importance to such things. What’s in a Mangalsutra?

    Me(Totally ignoring DH and calling my sis): Did you borrow my Mangalsutra since we got back?

    Sis: No, but I remember seeing it. Remember you wore it when Amma and Dad were around.

    Me(handing over my mobile to DH and crying my eyes out): OMG, she does not have it either.

    Dh(talking to sis, driving and trying to control my sobs, all with an air of total calm): The story is your sister’s CHAIN is missing and she is going bonkers.

    Sis gets out of her all important meeting to rush to my place. En route, she calls me on my mobile. I’m back home by now and totally inconsolable.

    Sis(really concerned now): Hey, I’m on my way. Will be there in 10 mins. Btw, do you remember putting the blue jewel box in the bank locker? That’s where I saw you putting it the last time you took it off.

    Me(even more desperately): No, the box is right here but my stuff isn’t in it. God, I lost my mangalyam. This should spell impending doom. What will I do? I’ll have to cancel flights, rebook for tomorrow and go to the bank.

    Sis: Look once more in your locker.
    Me(half heartedly): Alright, but I looked there thrice. It’s not there.

    EUREKA!!!

    Me(shouting in relief): I found it! I found the mangalsutra and earrings in my locker. It’s not in a box or in the special bowl Amma gave me. It’s just placed in the locker. It somehow got under our passports.

    Sis: Wonderful. I’m parking downstairs. I’m famished, do you have lunch?

    Me(mumbling): Who eats lunch at 4.00 PM?

    Dh(coming into the room): Show me the chain.

    Then, eying it, he sighs. “Oh this one”, he proclaims, like I have a thousand other Mangalsutras.

    I didn’t know you were looking for this! I saw it this morning as I took out our passports and put them in an accessible location in the locker”.

    Me(in utter disbelief,plonking on the bed): I have a terrible headache. I don’t remember crying like this since I was a teenager. I can’t believe this happened on my special day.

    Me(in my head): I have a husband who does not know what a mangalsutra is! I’m too tired to even sermonize now. Maybe some other time!
     
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  2. navs23

    navs23 Platinum IL'ite

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    Very nicely written. Glad you found it. Though not funny at that moment it is really funny to see dh totally clueless and has no idea what we're looking for. I lost and recovered a bangle once only to receive the following comment from dh 'oh, I never noticed you wore bangles' while he was the one to have gifted it to me ;)
     
  3. Cheeniya

    Cheeniya Super Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    A typical family scene so delightfully narrated. I have always been saying that confused and absent-minded husbands are so endearing and yours is no exception! It was indeed a good decision to have made this more of a dialogue than a plain narration.It has surely added a lot of punch to the narration that widened our smile to a broad toothy grin!
    As a writer, I know how difficult it is to narrate an incident through a dialogue that too with a dash of humour. You have done it effortlessly.
    A very good effort, Laks
     
  4. Ammukutty

    Ammukutty Bronze IL'ite

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    Dear Laks,
    Its indeed a great blessing to get the first comment from none other than Cheeniya Sir;a perfect kaineetam for your blog.No wonder the blog was nominated by Sabi.

    Wonderful narration & enjoyed it to the core.

    Keep blogging....
     
  5. Lalitha Shivaguru

    Lalitha Shivaguru Platinum IL'ite

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    Dear Laks,

    For the nomination by Sabi I would have missed reading this wonderful blog...

    That too when the blog is visited by our famous Cheeniya who has left his stamp mark, what we all can say after that.

    A super blog....I just loved reading the same.
     
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    wonderful writing skills.. though i'm sorry about the miserable moments..
    Your husband is truly wonderful and patient..I think with my hubby and me.. its almost the other way round..:D

    Thanks for sharing..
     
  7. varalotti

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    An every-day incident. A mundane one so to say. Yet the language was not an every-day one. And the style not so mundane. The sense of humour out of the world.

    Every time you wallowed in self-pity or described your DH's approach, I was rolling in laughter. The expression 'not so dear husband any more' was humour in its finest dress.

    It is long since I enjoyed reading such a fine piece of writing. Thanks, Laks. You did it. I am sure that you are going to be crowned Blog Queen of June 2010 for this piece.

    sridhar
     
  8. sureshmiyer

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    Congrats for being nominated for the best blog of June, 2010. My best wishes

    I can relate to your blog as I often give similar headaches to my wife.:rotfl

    do read my latest short story on children "Balloons"

    cheers
    suresh
     
  9. amihere

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    Dear Laks, what a beautiful narration...the way you added the feelings of each people before every dialogue is so lovely. Glad that you got it back...this has happened ot me once that too duing our honeymoon...and here I was the careless one who didnt even feel that there is no chain in my neck whereas my DH noticed!!!
     
  10. Laks09

    Laks09 Staff Member Finest Post Winner

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    Dear Navs,
    Thank you for the first feed back on my very first blog entry. I'm really glad people identify with this "I don't recognize your jewelery syndrome".:bonk
     

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