Comedy of Errors
by Vimala Ramu
It is a very common phenomenon wherein the children resemble their parents. But, in certain cases the boys take on the features of uncles and girls take on the features of their aunts. So much so, it is no surprise if the two are mistaken for each other, more so when the perception is remote and hazy and they happen to be close to each other in age.
My grandmother was supposed to resemble her maternal aunt. Those were the days when women folk of a decent family hardly stood face to face and talked to the men folk of the family other than to their own husbands.
This great grand aunt of mine once visited her niece (that’s my grandma). As was usual in those days, the aunt offered to get the water from the well which was rather far from the house. After filling the pot with water and arranging it on her waist, she set off home with the pallu of the saree covering her head to keep away the sun. My grandfather, who was pottering around in the field nearby, saw her. Thinking it to be his wife, he followed her, talking to her all the while. Thank God, it was not any love talk. He was only giving her the household accounts and his plans.
The poor lady was so flustered. She was shrinking into her sari through sheer embarrassment. How to turn herself towards the son-in-law and reveal her face shamelessly? If she doesn’t do so, he will continue talking to her under the deception that it was his wife. What will he think once he comes to know the truth?
But it was well nigh impossible to let him know the truth. So, she walked on till she reached home. Just imagine my grandpa’s shock when he saw his wife coming from inside as soon as he entered the house.
For us grandchildren, the situation was nothing short of being hilarious. I wonder if such a situation will ever rise in the modern days and if it does, what would be the responses of the persons concerned!The End