After a record 48 hours of travel in 6 days, I am home for my sister’s wedding.
The house, as I expected, has been given a makeover, though by someone with no aesthetic sense, which could be either of my parents. I have caught a bug in my traveling and so have advised Asha, my sister, to stay away from me; last thing she needs is a red nose and cough just before her wedding. The house is not the only thing that’s getting a makeover, dad tells me sis has a strict beauty regimen for each day of the week, printed and posted above her table. Today was “scrub your face with walnut scrub and then put a multani mitti face- pack” day.
I am used to book-clutter in my house, everyone at home loves to read. We read all the time and anywhere, so typically I am greeted by magazines on the tea-table, books on the chairs around the dining table, books on the staircase along with dads writing paraphernalia and my room, of course has an overflowing almirah, books stacked on the floor, my bed, and my table.
This time though, the tea-table had just, gasp, news paper, the chairs were empty and dads writing papers were neatly arranged on one of the stairs. To make things worse, someone (mom) had managed to arrange all the books in my book almirah, close it, lock it and lose the keys!! What’s more, the remaining books were missing!!! I was told later that they had been filled into cartons and put away into the loft. Even dads office looked clean and orderly, the first time I have seen it like this in about ten years. Looks like mom finally had her way.
Fortunately I had enough books on me to make the room habitable, even if barely so, then I raided dads office and shifted the books he had ordered for me, into my room, so now the room looks normal with multiple open magazines on the bed, my PGDM textbooks and two or three other books on the table, sharing space with dad’s new laptop, and the floor is sufficiently untidy to call it mine. Whew.
Here is some of those unaesthetic changes I talked about; my mom wanted the railings to look like wood, so now they look like zebras in sepia.