Birthday greed intensifies…

The countdown to the birthday intensifies and with it, the occasioning of many magazines lying open at strategic places being left around the house at strategic points like the husband’s pillow and the husband’s cupboard and the husband’s gym bag. The magazines say, don’t be subtle and hope he can read your mind. He cant, so give him a hint. Have given him umpteen, but am sure he will bring in something bought with a lot of money and love, which will see me at the store the next morning as the shutters go up for an exchange. While I love the husband to pieces, we have serious issues on differing taste. You can just imagine the rapiers drawn when we were decorating the house. Being the weaker sex, and the party with no money and therefore veto power, we are now resigned to living with boudoir red velvet curtains in the bedroom. I rest my case.

He is the man who has bought me ransom amount diamond sets in designs that went out with the Flappers. He is the man who bought me Versace sunglasses in purple cat eye style when the rest of the world (read Elizabeth Hurley and Aishwarya Rai were wearing bug eye Chloe styles). He also gets me epilators and gym memberships. You get my drift. He tries so hard and is so endearing about it, it hurts me terribly to go exchange what he has picked out with so much love and affection. But after many pieces of jewellery that stay unused in the locker have become rather shameless about the entire situation.

Not that I am a jewellery person. At the max I have a pair of diamonds in the ears, one ring and one bracelet. And yes, I forget, the mandatory mangalsutra around the neck, or rather, my version of it. And I am done. And this too, is worn to keep the mother and the MIL off the back. A married woman without jewellery? Blasphemy.

Am not expecting any jewellery this time round, considering the poor man is being harassed by this nagging shrew of a wife to buy a house. But considering he is the only person who actually takes the trouble of getting me something, I hope he gets it right this time. Or actually remembers to get it. He’s been making strange statements lately about how women should stop celebrating their birthdays once they cross 30, rather than let the world onto the fact that they’ve become old. And how birthdays are meant only for kids. Never mind the fact that his birthday is the occasion of much hullabaloo in the entire family, with the occasion being celebrated with a splendour to rival bashes thrown by Elton John. L’Officiel. Page 123. Open and waiting. Greedy greedy me.



About Kiran Manral

Kiran Manral published her first book, The Reluctant Detective in 2011. Since then, she has published nine books across genres till date. Her books include romance and chicklit with Once Upon A Crush (2014), All Aboard (2015), Saving Maya (2017); horror with The Face at the Window (2016), psychological thriller with Missing, Presumed Dead (2018) and nonfiction with Karmic Kids (2015), A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up (2016) and True Love Stories (2017). Her short stories have been published on Juggernaut, in magazines like Verve and Cosmopolitan, and have been part of anthologies like Chicken Soup for the Soul, Have a Safe Journey (2017) and Boo (2017). Her articles and columns have appeared in the Times of India, Tehelka, DNA, Yowoto, Shethepeople, New Woman, Femina, Verve, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Conde Nast Traveller, DB Post, The Telegraph, the Asian Age, iDiva, TheDailyO and more. She was shortlisted for the Femina Women Awards 2017 for Literary Contribution. In 2018, she was awarded the International Women's Day award for literary excellence by ICUNR and Ministry of Women and Children, Government of India. She is a TEDx speaker and a mentor with Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk 2017.
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6 Responses to Birthday greed intensifies…

  1. utbtkids says:

    Purple cat eye styles, bug eye chloe styles. I feel so under educated! Anyways, won’t the sun start rising in the west if the husband starts getting the not so subtle hints??!! Consider yourself lucky that atleast he makes an attempt. I have hinted, spoken out my mind even threatened for something nice. Hmmp. You all wil know when teh sun risies on teh west 🙂


  2. 4lorac says:

    jewelry is good, lasting and by god, an investment and not to mention highly transportable. except I am scared to wear some of my better pieces for fear Id get knocked down and mugged(good old america)
    Have one ring that is so big, a girl actually asked me if it was real, so I asked what she thought and she says,…”I thought so” said with disdain and the rolling of the eyes. If she wouldve realized the ring cost more than her entire wardrobe….including shoes!
    Offer hubby a compromise, youll cancel your birthday if he cances his. Ya, I know better than that, but its a thought.
    Guys dont take hints…you have come right out with it or they are lost…poor things….
    tell him you want a peacock shawl! then Ill be happy.


  3. 4lorac says:

    And yes, love Sir Eltons style…


  4. ss says:

    🙂 I empathise! My husband is absolutely clueless when it comes to buying me gifts and so far, he has not managed to buy me anything which I like. I have a birthday coming up too and I so echo your sentiments!
    Hope you have a lovely birthday. Advance wishes. & I hope your hub gets it right this time!


  5. thirtysixandcounting says:

    utbtkids: So when is the sun rising?
    Lorac:Oh, the man insists on buying what he likes. Therefore the watch.
    ss: Thanks a ton.


  6. "SunShine' says:

    taking about hints and gifts ? nothing works for me *sob sob**


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