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  • About 8 years ago I was part of a women writers' group in Andheri, in Mumbai. This was moderated by a sweet young mother of two, Reyna Rupani. Since we were all women, we had ample opportunities to poke fun at men. Here below is an exploration into the mind of man, or should I say, a typical Indian man.

    I am the man in this house, so unless there's an earthquake or something dont you dare wake me up before 8 am. And when I get up I need to have my cup of tea steaming hot. Then a quick bite while I read the papers.
    What did you say? That there was a water problem today? And you woke up early and filled all the buckets and tubs? But you can at least sleep in the afternoons while the kids are in school can't you? What do you mean you don't have the time?
    What, my lunch dabba is not yet ready? Damn, ok I'll eat out then.
    You need more money? But just a few days ago I gave you a thousand bucks. No, I dont know about the prices of the vegetables. I work my butt off in the office so don't give me that crap about the prices of veggies and meat and fruit.
    Junior's not well? Take him to the doctor and while you're out don't forget to get my medications too. Okay, how much more money do you need?

    Later that evening:

    I'm home and I'm really tired. Could you press my legs and massage my back? Oh, you're tired too? But at least you were at home all day. You don't know what it is like to deal with people, like I do.
    I want to watch some TV now before sleeping and snoring. What did you say? You can't sleep with the volume so high?

    Photo: An art installation at the Kalaghoda festival, Mumbai.
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