Dhanteras shopping list

My lights have still to be put up. My curtains still have to be changed. My raddi still to be given to the raddi wallah. My Diwali clothes still to be bought. I know, I know. I am the queen of lists and planning. And the chambermaid of execution.

Yes, yes, it is so not feeling like Diwali this year. It is Dhanteras tomorrow. The day one usually sashayed to the goldsmith and picked up some random bauble for shagun. You know. You HAD to buy gold or utensils on Dhanteras. This year I think I’m buying a spoon set. I need spoons. Really do. Cross my heart. I have spoons of such odd sizes and shapes that when company comes across I need to pray that I find tableware of matching design and proportions in quantities appropriate to the company numbers. Or put out illmatched spoons and forks and pray they mate in happily eccentric fashion and create babies who do. It is a mystery, as to where pairs of flatware disappear. Probably to the same land single socks in a spin cycle get teleported to. Somewhere in the ethers is a land made of forks separated from the spoons they were meant to comport with, and dinner knives which never knew the joys of cutting into edible items being used as they were for more urgent pressing tasks like prising lids of jam tins off, and then being pushed into dark recesses of drawers never to be found again when required for table setting purposes. Therefore I will buy cutlery. Spoons and forks and table knives. And soup spoons. Though, frankly, we never use them. We just guzzle our soup from huge soup mugs that give the casual onlooker the impression of a family sitting down to a convival downing of beer before a quick bite.

I am to be blamed for this state of the cutlery drawer. I am not one to go chasing around folks demanding they replace the good forks and spoons and use the regular ones on a daily basis. I donot even look at the formal stuff, except when guests are expected which is when I begin mentally counting heads and then deciding on a casual buffet system because no way I can pull off the sit down placed dinner with sets of cutlery with key items gone to the land of single socks.

Therefore the Dhanteras shopping list. A 32 piece set of table flatware, with appropriate design that is neither too avant garde nor too fuddy duddy. And I’m getting a lock fitted into the cutlery sideboard. Anyone who touches and subsequently loses said flatware will do so on pain of finding the exact same piece and replace it if said piece goes missing. And that includes dinner guests.


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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12 Responses to Dhanteras shopping list

  1. Aathira says:

    I completely agree…my spoons go missing along with katoris!


  2. Meira says:

    Our neighbor writes her name with nail polish on every spoon and plate and bowl she buys. Coz she complained guests took her cutlery. She defends herself by claiming she went visiting once and found the host using her cutlery 😀
    And, Oh she did get it back.


  3. Good girl! Non useful things are overrated anyway. Flatware is a good thing 🙂

    Actually look upon economic contraints (for all of us I might add) this year as an opportunity to live a less complex life. That is my Diwali resolution anyway. I think our kids learn from that.


  4. Dottie says:

    If they made cutlery with a tracking chip embedded in them, I would buy it. Hope you have nice parties and nicer food to enjoy the spoons and forks and knives. Happy Diwali!


  5. dipali says:

    Boy oh boy- you could have been me in an earlier life, counting and recounting my precious spoons, hoping that the missing ones would miraculously reappear. Now, I’m more zenful than I was. But I’d love to buy some elegant flatware one of these days or years!

    Dips: So do I. But I think for that I need to be master of my ship first. You know.


  6. Suki says:

    If there was a God, he’d tell me how a mug filled with two dozen spoons has dwindled into a scanty stock of five in the past half-decade.
    Good purchase, Aunty K.


  7. inbavalli says:

    If I ever get to raid my maid’s kitchen an assortment of spoons, dibbas and assorted utensils will wink at me and beg to be taken home. Sigh! Impotent rage.


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