Meeting your partner's parents is always a daunting event and it was no different when I met Mrs.B's family. In typical Indian style, I was welcomed with an array of delightful appetisers only to learn I was expected to finish them all, before dinner! Being polite, I picked up a chicken and cheese roll and chewed on it gleefully while nodding in acknowledgement at my potential father-in-law and his theories. Suddenly, I heard a snap and felt a sharp pain in my mouth. My chewing slowed as I feared the worst. Flicking my tongue around the semi-chewed chicken and cheese I hoped to uncover the problem. Moments later I realised it was a toothpick! I was caught between a tough crossroad of spitting out the wooden stick and embarrassing my potential mother in law, or testing my digestive track's capability of digesting wood.
Boldly, I opted for the latter and swallowed the toothpick hoping it wouldn't hurt on it's way through and out. Three years later, I'm still mocked by my in-laws. There's gratitude for you.
Marriage Tip 49: No good deed goes unpunished!
Welcome to our digestible marriage!
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.
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