The Bewitched B's and B's

by Vimala Ramu
(Bangalore, India)

An electronic goods sales engineer while in profession, my brother-in law took to farming after retirement. Thanks to his sincere efforts, the two farms he purchased had thrived well. Not only the family but the extended family also came to be the recipients of this bonanza.



Whenever there was a family get together, he would bring fruits and vegetables in his pick –up truck and we would all help ourselves to as much as we wanted.


The occasion recently was my 75 th birthday. I had invited all my in-laws, 20 of them for a catered lunch at our place. As usual, basketfuls of papayas, bananas and brinjals were there, courtesy my brother-in law for general distribution.


One of my invitees that day happened to be Malini, a daughter-in law of the extended family. Malini wanted to send some brinjals and bananas to her own mother in Malleswaram. She decided to send it through my daughter Chandrika. Chandrika's husband was not only a neighbor of Malini's father but his cousin too.



My daughter who was to leave for Dehradun on official work that night decided to drop the bag of b’s and b’s at Malini’s mother’s place on her way to the railway station But she found the house locked and the inmates out. Since she couldn’t carry the bag with her to Dehradun, she went to the window and pushed the brinjals one by one through the grill on to the floor. As for the bananas, she managed to push them through one side and catch it in the other hand, tie them in a small cloth bundle and throw it on the cot that was close to the window. When all the fruits and vegetables were inside, she left for Dehradun asking her husband to ring up his cousin and tell him about the b’s and b’s.


But my son-in law, returning home after dropping his wife at the station, forgot all about ringing up his cousin and went off to sleep (to sleep the blissful sleep of a man whose wife had just left on a 10 days’ trip!).


Next morning, when my daughter rang him up to cross check about the job assigned to him, he admitted sheepishly that he had forgotten to do the errand and hurried to make amends.


He rang up his cousin. When he told them about the b’s and b’s, they were highly relieved. His cousin’s wife told him,” Aaaah, so that’s what it was, eh? We were so scared to see those brinjals scattered on the floor. We thought someone had thrown poisoned brinjals in an attempt to kill us. We never collected them. As for the bundle on the bed, it was so eerie looking that we did not even touch the thing. We had in fact planned to give a complaint to the police and get at the mystery of what we thought were the voodoo items!!!” Then recollecting her manners she said, “Thanks for ringing up. Thanks also for bringing and delivering them. Now we can really enjoy the stuff.”

*Name changed

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Dec 06, 2012
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by: vimala ramu

Thank you, Kumuda.

Dec 06, 2012
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It could have happened to me!
by: Kumuda

Vimala
Humour like beauty is in the eyes of the beholder
and you have shown it all the way. Your narration is a pleasure to read

Dec 06, 2012
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No big deal
by: vimala ramu

Dear Niha, I never meant to put you off with my reply. You are most welcome to comment as you find fit. I would certainly like to have as my friend and commentor. I was just trying to explain things as they were. Come on, Cheer up young lady.

Dec 06, 2012
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..vimala
by: Niha

Thts y i never comment on anyones work. i m not a great lady to do so, not a great reader but found this site just while browsing . u hv tken my comment in an other way i m sorry to trouble u i will not comment i think tht is better. i think i shud stop reading such sites n comment too. i m not great at it ..................................... bye pls dont reply to this now.

Dec 05, 2012
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hi
by: vimala ramu

Hi Niharika,
Surprised to find you here too. I have replied your request in my story 'The Blinds' in wordpress.com.
With four books full of blogs about my personal experiences, I don't think I need to write anymore about my married life. I followed my husband's instruction not because of any marital oppression but because I respect his literary expertise. He is a good fan of my writing, mind you.So, no bad blood there. I am glad you are from Bangalore. Why don't you come and meet me?

Dec 05, 2012
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thanks
by: vimala ramu

Thank you, Anonymous whosoever you are. Thanks for the birthday greetings too. I wish you would reveal your name.

Dec 05, 2012
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Belated Happy Birthday!!!
by: Anonymous

Only you can write this!! Enjoyed the voodoo stuff thoroughly!!!

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Dec 05, 2012
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HEY VIMALA
by: Niharika Singhal, BENGALURE

U seem a very sweet lady my dear.......... old and graceful aging. so sweet of u to take into ur hubby demand n take off, i like age old domination done to women n they accepting. it show character of woman. nicely u wrote this but tell me more tale abt ur marriage hilariously. it can be tough but i need to hear from u.

Dec 04, 2012
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editing
by: vimala ramu

Dear Pankaja, If I want to change anything in my script after printing, I mention(e mail) the fact to Lakshmi (or Shail) and send a new version (Para in this case) and request her to replace the old one. and Hey presto, it gets done in no time.

Dec 04, 2012
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by: nuggehallipankaja

I must have read the edited para,for i didn't find anything messy.By the way,how do you edit? i have a habit of unawareingly, jumping over so many important things ,that i would like to correct after going over.

Dec 03, 2012
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by: vimala ramu

Thank you,Pankaja. Glad you were able to open it. Hope you have read the edited para since my husband had objected to one of the paras as 'messy'!

Dec 03, 2012
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by: nuggehallipankaja

Very interesting,esp the ending with the voodo stuff!It beats me how you can turn everyday stuff into such absorbing humor!

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