Every marriage brings with it numerous situations where important decisions need to be made and the other night, my wife had reached such a juncture. I had walked in to our bedroom and found my Smurf sized Mrs. Bhojwani sitting on top of the bed cross-legged and confused. I left her alone to arrive at a conclusion but once I noticed the intense worry lines across her forehead and realised how much I’d have to pay in Botox down the line, I decided to intervene.
I asked her several times what had her worried, but like a monk deep in a trance, she refused to budge from her position and simply grunted. I lay on top of the blue duvet that she was seated on and persisted. Her gaze finally shifted from the red blanker in front of her and she said;
‘I was thinking what to sleep in, the duvet or the blanket.’
I obviously couldn’t help but chuckle as she reached for the blanket, pulled it over her and rolled to her side. Switching off the lights, I followed her lead and tucked myself into the duvet. I then noticed I had only a sliver to cover myself with since she was sleeping ON the darn thing. On this occasion, we followed her and this is what commenced in the dark of night;
‘She chanted 1,2,3, threw her torso up and I, pulled! 1,2,3…pull. 1,2,3…pull.’
As I lay there breathless after our Cirque du Soleil imitation, I only had a sufficient amount of duvet to cover my top half. It seems my wife in all her acrobatics, had conveniently forgotten to raise her legs leaving me with only an angular piece of warmth!
Marriage Tip No.14
Get your blanket before she does!
Welcome to my midnight, acrobatic married life.
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.