Me, the forager…

…friends and relatives now quake at the sight of me entering their homes. Anything remotely interesting and looking neglected in a corner will be zeroed in on with my laser vision.

“Listen, why is that statue all dusty and neglected? Is that a reproduction of a Chola bronze.”

Yes, yes, I am not the most polite of guests. I have often been known to straighten bedsheets in homes I visit. Which is not to say my own home is spotless. Far from it. But there is, what I call, an innate desire to neaten up constantly. Do you think I need to see a counsellor. Digressions apart. Back to the conversation.

“You dont like it?” This in the interrogative. With a twinkle coming into my eye. A twinkle, that the seasoned home owner being visited recognises. And my mother recognises best of all, her’s being the home most abused thus.

Homeowner/hostess: “Not really, it was a gift, but it doesnt really go with the rest of the room.  You know, I am more the modern artefacts type, and dont really like this brass stuff.”

Inner jubilation happening within self brain.

Me: “You dont really want it then?”

Homeowner/Host, compelled to now offer kindly, since such unabashed hints have been thrown around: “Do you want it, take it if you want it.”

Me (rushing around looking for a plastic bag to bag my prize and calling up the driver to ferret said prize into the car, before homeowner changes mind): “Thanks dear, it will look just divine on my new wall shelves. ”

Did I mention I am shameless?

Disclaimer: I only do this with people who are incredibly close and will invite me over again perforce being relatives or school time friends.  I am terribly shameless.


About Kiran Manral

Kiran Manral published her first book, The Reluctant Detective in 2011. Since then, she has published eight 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) 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. She is a TEDx speaker and a mentor with Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk 2017.
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3 Responses to Me, the forager…

  1. childwoman says:

    hehehe..I think its ok, to be shameless, with your close friends and family circle..I think I am defending you, coz I am too…the moment S buys a new phone, or a t shirt, or even a pen, I try to pinch it from him, saying that, hey, its not going with your complexion, it suits me the best! just last week, I saw sad looking glass vase on his office table, and I thought that if perked up seeing me and was calling me…., I looked at S, and before I could say anthing, he just rolled his eyes, and handed it over to me….hehhee….yep, we ARE shameless..!


  2. Priyanka says:

    🙂 I think the forager thing is a side effect (or should I say side-benefit?) of anyone who has the ‘new-home’ syndrome. Shame?? No reason for it at all!! Liberating an article from obscurity and reinstating it to its former glory – shame?? Relieving someone of something that they don’t really want (and we would love to get our greedy hands on) – reason for shame?? A favour, I say!!


  3. Yashodhara says:

    arrey, you are here also!?

    good, good, more of you to read.

    you look smashing in the header! nice!


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