“Why do you have to go there? Don’t you have your classes to teach? “asked her husband
“I am to participate in a meeting as chief guest in a girls school there. I must go early in the morning for the function starts at 7 am” she replied
“Who will cook in your absence and take care of children? What about my old mom who needs a bath? You know she cannot bathe without your assistance. You do not have to go” he said in a peremptory tone.
“Please, I have already committed as my Headmistress wanted me to go.I will get up at 4am cook the food and give a bath to your mom. You should only see off the kids to the school. I will return by noon. I have requested our co-tenant Parimala mami to take care of your mom after you had left for office” she pleaded
“I cannot waste RS 100 on such wasteful trips. I am sorry. You are not going” he ruled out
“I am not asking from your salary. I am requesting you to pay me out of my monthly salary that you take from me at the beginning of the month” she said in obvious chagrin.
“How dare you backchat with me? I can even stop you from your going to school. Beware, I am allowing you as my income is inadequate. Serve me dinner. I am to go out to meet my friends for a session of Rummy. I will be back by 11.30 pm.Don’t fall asleep and forget to open the door” he said with finality
“I beg of you. Please allow me this time. I will not commit myself without telling you beforehand” she sobbed
“What is the big function you are to be a chief guest. Could they not get better person?”he taunted
“I am required to give a talk to the girls on the Women’s day movement” she meekly answered.