Married Life: Decisively Indecisive

Many couples spend several years getting to know one another before biting the bullet and when they find themselves in front of an altar or a mandap, they believe they know everything there is to know about their partner. Then, reality bitch-slaps them!

My wife, who many argue is battery operated, finds herself exhausted easily and tends to nap in the afternoons. Being a considerate husband I often pop in to the room to see if she’s alright only to find her head sandwiched between two pillows, what I like to refer to as The Cave! During the first week, I lifted the top pillow to see if she was awake only to encounter the fury of bride-zilla! I took to crouching on the floor beside the bed to try and catch a peep down the pillow sandwich only to come face to face with my personal Eyjafjallajokull!

‘Every time! Every time I’m about to doze off!’ She began as volcanic ash spewed forth from her mouth (well it did in my mind!), ‘Every time!’
‘But baby, I…’
‘You know that one minute when you’re the most peaceful?’ She ignored my attempts to pacify her. ‘That one minute just before you’re about to sleep and you’re so happy! You always come in and wake me! You open the door, talk baby talk or open The Cave!’

I couldn’t help but chuckle! Bad idea, since my mini Eyjafjallajokull, enraged by my laughter, erupted another time and berated me further before slipping back in to the cave. I stood up to leave the room only to be stopped by a muffled voice;

‘Where are you going?’ She asked, barely audible.
‘I’m going out.’ I responded. ‘I won’t come in and wake you up anymore, 
sorry.’

From beneath the blankets and sandwiching pillows, Mrs. Bhojwani stuck out her tiny arm with fingers outstretched. Lifting up the top pillow of The Cave, she asked;

‘If you don’t come in, how will I know you care?’

Marriage Tip 9;


You’re damned if you do, you’re damned if you don’t.
 

Welcome to the confusion of my married life!
 
About the author:

Born in Africa, Chandru grew up between Nigeria, India and the UK. With a Masters in International Business from the University of Westminster, he moved to New York where he worked as a Business Development Manager for three years. In 2002, he returned to Nigeria where he currently resides and runs a trading company. Chandru has been writing for Beyond Sindh (www.beyondsindh.com) since 2004 and has published numerous articles in the quarterly publication. His story entitled ‘The Love Letter’ won the Mirage Book short story contest and was published in an anthology titled Inner Voices in January 2009. His short story ‘Zero’ is scheduled to be published in the anthology Indian Voices towards the end of 2010.
 
In December 2009, Chandru’s first novel, ‘The Journey of Om’ was published in India by Cedar Books.
 
For more information on Chandru visit www.chandrubhojwani.com
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