Five things that disappear just when you need them…

Tagged for this by my Suki baby, who recently has begun twittering incessantly in French and therefore gets me all in a lather about whether my half remembered school college French will allow me to make twitter conversation with her.

Anyway, keep my apprehensions about my very rudimentary French aside, here are five things that disappear just when I need them.

1] The spouse. Guaranteed to disappear when required. Especially if we are in a store with me inย a trying on infinite outfits and shopping for home linen mood.

2] The waiter at which ever restaurant I happen to be at if I want to send back the cold soup to be reheated.

3] The mobile. I have stuck my head into my bag or emptied out all the contents onto a flat soft surface more times than I care to count to find the damn ball and chain from hell.

4] Breathmints. The ones I always keep in my bag. Because I am so paranoid about bad breath, specially post a meal. And need to chew on something, even a clove to feel fit to go forth into human company without being terrified of slaying folks left right and centre with the fumes emanating from my mouth.

5] Sanitary napkins. I know I have stock in my cupboard. And will be sitting complacent in the knowledge that there is pack somewhere. And Aunty Flo will hit in all her ferocity, and I will mince my way gingerly to said cupboard to find that the brand new pack, has winged itself away to the land where the single socks from the wash congregate. Then I have to manage with makeshift contraptions, and run to the nearest chemist before I can stride out confidently again.ย  Anyone solving the mystery of the disappearing sanitary napkin pack gets my undying gratitude and a lifetime supply of said packs.

And I pass this tag out to

Imps Mom




Moppets Mom

Haffun Gurls!


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 Boyโ€™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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17 Responses to Five things that disappear just when you need them…

  1. vidya says:

    Cute post! Agree with all of them – mobiles have a way of diving deep into the folds of a purse,creating a mini-heart attack like situation before found!

    You described it so well, a mini heart attack situation, especially in a situation where you are in the middle of the road, in the night, hanging on to a child who wants to run at top speed and you cant find the phone to call the accursed driver who has gone parked the car in Hades.


  2. Sukhaloka says:

    Oooh, what IS it with disappearing other-halves, waiters and phones? I’m constantly dialling my number to find out where the blasted contraption has ended up :-/.

    Don’t worry about the French, it happens that way because I use Twitter almost exclusively for the French peeps. If something interests you, there’s always Google Translate! (How d’you think I get by, when the vocab falls short?)

    Google translate eh? Okay. Thanks for that bit of useful info…


  3. Gigi says:

    About those missing pads – I’m not making this up. I caught my 3 year old sister tossing each one from my mom’s pack from the balcony. With great joy.

    I think I need to install spycams to check whether the brat has been upto the same.


  4. Orange Jammies says:

    Oy! A tag and an award! ๐Ÿ™‚ Didn’t see earlier. Will do. Thanks, K.


  5. Abha says:

    i thought i was the only one who didnt find those darn napkins when you needed them! and then find them 7 days later! gah!!



  6. Divs says:

    Gosh I soooooo agree with the Spouse going missing JUST when you need him most. In my case, every time I call him to ask an urgent question or to rescue me from a screaming rikshaw-wala who cannot provide change, he is unreachable! Only times I reach him is when I want to just catch up (coz we can hardly find time to do that when at home) and then he says you just keep calling for no reason when I am in meetings!!!


  7. Swetha Kasthurirangan says:

    I was plagued with your last predicament for years before I just decided to leave a few of them everywhere. (still search for them everywhere) Sometimes they pop up in the most unthinkable of places and in unthinkable hands, but then that saves me the blues ๐Ÿ˜‰


  8. LOL, but it happens to be a woman’s thingie! The exact same things happen to be except the cold soup part!!


  9. Goofy Mumma says:

    “mystery of the disappearing sanitary napkin pack ” sounds like a great title for a mystery novel! ๐Ÿ˜‰


  10. Mukul says:

    hi kiran,
    funny post. i am inclined to list out of 5 things which disappear for me. from your list i can take only the mobile. it is always buried deep inside my handbag.

    Handbag??? Handbag???? Male handbag?????


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