As an affectionate, obedient, respectful and cultured
daughter-in-law of the rarest of the rare qualities in domains of the negative
chaotic in-law tussles, Reeta Rani has made it a matter of principle to consult
with her mother-in-law in all affairs of domestic management and financial
controls prior to their execution in practice.
Reeta Rani does this not because she is not capable of
doing so quite independently with all the life long experience she has already
gained at the hands of elders, but 'with a view to keeping the old couple in
good humor and giving them a sense of sustained involvement in the affairs of
the family unit.
Ravinder Hakim, on his part, spends good time with parents
at breakfast after the morning bath and prayers. He touches their feet seeking
their blessings before starting his clinical work. So do, the grand children
spend free time before and after schooling, games and home task with their grand
parents. Nothing is left for the old couple to complain of.
How one would wish everything continued
"All-Well" on the Western front!
The twelfth standard results are out. In the meanwhile
Grand children have passed with credit. They have fared better than their
brothers and cousins. And so, are ensured of admissions in the best professional
colleges of the top most universities of the country.
These grand children lose no time in settling the wheels of
the prerequisite processes rolling. But no, they stop in the way brooding
"What will happen to our decrepit grand parents after we leave for
professional trainings? Who will keep them company in the mornings and evenings
and keep them busy in cordial conversations in our absence? Won't it over burden
our parents after we are gone, if they take our charge too when we leave
Pondering over the problem and after weighing the pros and
cons of the matter, they decide to renovate grand pa and grand ma's
sitting-cum-bed room before they leave. Up-to-date sanitary fitted room with
modern heating and cooling arrangements, cozy beds, up-to-date seating
arrangement is built up. Adequately provided with all the necessary material,
and paraphernalia in a mini-store for self-help is kept ready for them. The
grand children see to it that their grandees are seated on an elevated
gorgeously decorated seat with beautiful, bulky pillow to lean on and the
side-pillow to rest their arms on in an elaborate, oriental style. Thus they see
to it that the grand parents are enthroned, granddaddy as the king of the royal
house and grand ma as his queen.
Thus is the granddaddy coroneted. Completing all these
arrangements, the grand children leave with full blessings of the grand parents.
They move off to their respective universities. Their load of work with grand
parents is shared by Ravinder Hakim and Reeta Hakim. Things go on smoothly as
usual as if nothing-extra ordinary had happened.
Ravinder Hakim having already retired, Reeta Hakim follows
suit after a year or so causing a fifty percent yawning reduction of ensured
monthly salaries. To add salt to the fresh wounds, there is great hike in
University dues and hostel charges causing greater pressure on the domestic
exchequer. Worst still, the hither-to regular monthly financial assistance for
the grand parents from their rich offspring has also stopped forthcoming for
quite sometime for some reason or the other.
This is too much for a hitherto fore one of the richest
families rolling in wealth and used to lavish spending not only in the house but
also giving financial aid to several organizations and helping the poor.
Ravinder Hakim and his wife are bewildered and puzzled for
they had never so far faced such calamity due to paucity of funds. They could
not help putting much more attention, to their clinic work. Lesser attention to
older parents was' a natural consequence. But still the two and their old
parents could meet only at tea and lunchtime. Raja Hakim often now couldn't but
complain of lack of attention, paucity of pocket money and stark lack of supply
of their necessities even for self-help. Their otherwise affectionate children
were incapable of explaining the situation.
At last one fine sunny day, after lunchtime, Raja Hakim
girded up his loins, put up his clothes and stepped out of the house to fend for
himself and earn a living for his wife and for his own person.
The news spread like wild fire and engulfed the whole city
like the bush fires of Australia. People all around were stunned and taken aback
only to burst forth.
"What a strange sort of bolt from the blue has
befallen this genius, socially, helpful family of a royal nature?"
(Read story No.9 entitled Daddy's