I have a little cousin who often claims her friends’ at school have pocket-money-paying mommies. She isn’t given any to avoid typhoid-causing-lollies-from-the-street and that is major cause for grievance. “If you were *Shikha’s mom, you’d have listened to what I say!” she declared all teary-eyed over breakfast one day. Masi complains the child throws tantrums. I am generally all in favour of discipline and restraint, but there was something about television yesterday that made me do a double take.
On the telly now, you can actually get your Mom exchanged. In a show on Sony TV, predictably called “Maa Exchange“, they allow you a motherly paradigm shift.
I was first enlightened when I caught something on Sony that didn’t seem CID-ish. I had been under the impression that the dynamic crime solving team (along with their forensic expert who always had clues lining up outside his laboratory door) had bought the channel rights. So naturally I was attentive when I saw a visual with arrows pointing in opposite directions – one to our very own Ms. Sawant and the other to some comedian I am afraid I can’t name.
Ms. Sawant’s mother – with a large bindi on her forehead – told the comedian (who looked plump or it could be the clothing of course) that she would get her down to Rakhi’s vital statistics in ten days. They would just trash the butter. She was used to servants, the lady said, well fed and salaried by darling daughter. So she didn’t exactly have culinary skills considering she had gotten out of habit. Oh my.
On the other hand, Rakhi taught her new Mom some leg-raising and hip shaking dance steps and claimed she wasn’t allowed to look at food. It takes some maintenance I am sure, keeping up that enviable figure. New mom is now searching for a suitable groom for dancer daughter and is interviewing random men for the purpose. A few claim to be madly in love with Rakhi and look a little wrong in the head. (I am sure there’s no connection between the two events.)
A commercial break arrived to the rescue just as my mouth threatened to open and shut like a goldfish for the nth time. Daya and Abhijeet were back at detecting clues for the newest murder in town.
I wonder if masi has heard about the show. I better warn her against it.