Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Based on a True Story (3)

***Queen of my house****

My friends have always maintained that I am too pampered. Not doing household work doesn't make one pampered I have tried reasoning. But overcome by envy, they have refused to see sense. So when I got an opportunity to redeem myself, I decided to plunge head first. I had to after all, show that I am not as pampered as I am made out to be.

My friends came over for a sleepover this weekend.Going out for a late night walk, Watching Twilight and gossiping to our heart's content were all a part of the agenda. Doing household work wasn't. But as fate would have it, my mom had to go out for some work. No harm done. We still had the bai who would come in and finish all the cleaning and swabbing I was told. But as soon as mom left, Manisha (our bai) calls to tell me that she cant come in to work as her husband has hurt himself in a drunken fight.

So what are you planning to do now? Priya asked me
Go watch Whats your rashee..thatz the plan remember? I answered

My answer was greeted by 3 pairs of accusing eyes.

And who will do all the household work?
Umm..I guess mom will. Once she is back.

More silence and loads of glaring.

Umm..OK. What do you guys wanna do about it then?
We? We arent going to do anything. You will have to do the cleaning, the sweeping and the washing Miss Pampered.

Haah Big deal. I can do it in no time. We can go for the movie after that.
(Cleaning, sweeping and washing..I have seen Manisha do it a million times..how difficult can it be)

Inspite of their initial nakras, my friends decided to help me with the work. They say that I am pampered and spoilt but that doesn't stop them from pampering me and spoiling me rotten.

One took the sweeping, the other took the cleaning and I was given the task of washing clothes.
I mean how difficult is it? Put the clothes in the machine, put in the powder and start the machine. Done dana done.

Anyhoo, while I finished loading the machine, I couldnt find the washing powder. How could I, when I had never checked to see where the powder was kept. After searching high and low, I finally found it hiding behind the kitchen sink. Heaving a sigh of relief, I generously poured 3 spoons of powder into the machine, set the timer and bounded off..trying to find something else to do.

While the clothes took care of themselves, I decided to cook food. I mean how difficult is it to make roti and sabzi. I have seen my mom do it a million times.

My friends had by then decided to test my round roti making skills and me delegated the task of making the dough and the rotis. Making the dough was simple..making the rotis wasnt. My rotis were of all shapes and sizes other than round. After several attempts I got a brain wave. All my rotis after that were perfectly round. How did I manage that? Simple. Roll out the dough in any shape you want and then use a sharp edged plate to cut the rotis into perfect circles. Hoon na main genius types!

Rotis and sabzi done, I decided to turn my attention to the clothes that had by now been washed clean by the washing machine.But yeah kya? The clothes didn't feel clean and smelled weird too. Must be the new powder I thought. I put up the clothes for drying and glanced at my friends. Whoz pampered now?

My mom came home to a clean house and a gleaming daughter.

Epilogue: My mom later revealed that the clothes smelled weird because I had used washing powder meant for washing utensils. Some clothes had to be rewashed and some had to be thrown away.

My friend Rose ended up with a upset stomach and had to spend the next 2 days off work.

Manisha had to spend twice as much time as she usually takes to wash utensils as she was burdened with the additional task of scrapping off the burnt remnants of the aloo sabzi.

My mom has asked me never ever to help her again. :-)


Reema said...

how on earth can u mix up washing powder with the one to wash utensils? :) U do seem quite pampered :)

pawan said...


That was too, Ahem! too good for a pampered girl.

Being a boy, I remember the day I washed clothes on my own. It sucked!

Anyways that day made you free for ever right?!
Be happy!

~*~ Jal Pari ~*~ said...

Lol good one!

I remember I once left a chapstick in one of my white shirt's pocket. And my bro had this really annoying habbit of throwing his clothes along with mine while the machine would be running. So yeah the chapstick got dissolved and all his stuff came out pink. :D It was a very proud moment for me.

Spike said...

what a way to impress ur friends that one was down for 2 days and the other for 4 :P
pampered? ha ha ha ha ha..... are u sure they didnt say spoilt?

(amazing that you can laugh @ urself and also let others have fun @ ur expense... hats off to u)

gayathri-vishwanathan said...

hehehe...u knw u reminded me of those days when my mom went 2 her mom's place and i was given the responsibility to tc of dad...i forgot to add salt in the food and dad threatened to go on dandi march :)

As the Mind Meanders said...

Do you have a maid to give you a bath as well???

And are you sure you did not use painkiller ointment to brush your teeth that day??

Useless ho tum!!

Bechari Mummy aur bechara hone wala pati!!!

The Survivor said...

Every time someone tries their hand on making rotis for the first time they end up making country maps except for earth!!

How many maps did you make? :)

Archana said...

Heheh you need to own up to the title of Miss Pampered. :P I remember the first time I had to do my own laundry was in college...and oh wow, if it wasn't for the random guy that was also doing his laundry at the same time, I would have ended up putting my whites & colors together aka disaster. Lol.

Valerine said...

NOt a bad attempt....Planning to join a cooking class? ;)

Valerine said...

BTW u have been tagged :


HaRy!! said...

ho ho ho...washing powder was hilarious:) of course yur mom will not ask yur help :D...cya around

oRange* said...

amazing! it was just hilarious! :D

..and i really pity ur mum!

gkam said...


Next time trick your brother to do all that stuff. Am I right or am I right? :D

I always love my Australia maps :P

Anonymous said...

Hmmm...Now I know how to recognize Shanu, if I ever run into her...She will be the person in the clothes smelling like Pril with amazingly glowing skin ala Santoor... :D

Psst: I cut out my rotis with a plate too... Don't tell anyone...

Psst Psst: Mr Mind is worried ki kya hoga when you will leave Bhoomi classic and declare Mind Villa your new abode...

Anita :) said...

Hahaha... pampered or spoilt? hehehe... u remind me of Rachel in Friends! Good one!

buckingfastard said...

oo!! who says ur pampered!! u atleast managed to get 2 da roti stage...once i tried makin rotis it at home...i was stuck in watery dough stage!!

pawan said...

Afterall who are better manipulators than us, the great engineering students!

Loved the twist in the end!

Pradeep sure seems to be the icon of your group!

Good going mate!
Looking for more of ur engg stuff, I guess they will be as exciting as this one!


Dhanya said...

Too good! Even I am a pampered kid myself and I get the same dialogues. But no disasters till now :D Thank God for small mercies...

Shanu said...

@ Reema

They are both white in color yaar..kissi ke saath bhi ho sakta hai!

Shanu said...


Xctly..that is the silver lining :)

Shanu said...

@ Jalpari

Lol..i do that wit money...I have had notes of various denominations come out all crumpled from the washin machine bcoz i frgt to empty my pockets!

Shanu said...

@ Spike

If u are nethin like me..laughin at oneself is the only option!

Shanu said...

@ Gay3

My mom cant dream of doin nethin like that..bechare dad khayenge kya? Salt kam ho toh phir bhi chal jata hai..mereko toh kuch bhi nahi aata!

Shanu said...

@ Prannath Mindey

Jee aap dariye nahi...hum aapke liye sab seekh jaayegenge! Khud ko bechara nahi samjhiye!

Shanu said...

@ Survivor

Made loads of maps..but used the plate to show off the round ones :)

Shanu said...

@ Archana

Et tu Archana:(

Shanu said...

@ Valerine

Yeah..Mom's cooking classes :P

Shanu said...

@ Hary

:) Will b arnd ur blog soon mate :)

Shanu said...

@ orange

So does every1 else!

Shanu said...

@ gkam

He wasnt arnd..nahi toh woh hi bakraa banta!

Shanu said...

@ Chocs

I dunno abt Pril..but yes u are rite abt Santoor :)

And Mindey shldnt worry..he has u to take care of Mind Ville :P

Shanu said...

@ Anita

My frnds say I am more like Monica though :P

Shanu said...

@ Bf

Luckily i am good at kneading the dough!

Shanu said...

@ Dhanya

U still have a long way to go my dear :P bas ek galti aur disasters hi disasters :)

Shanu said...

@ Orange

Dropped by ur blog..its pretty cool. But itz not lettin me post comments :( Does ur blog hate me :(

oRange* said...

no no, my blog loves comments :)

i dont know what went wrong! try now

and thanks! :)

Shanu said...

@ orange

I tried agn sweety..its not lettin me post comments :(

oRange* said...

oh dammit :(
this sucks.
i just changed the settings

Anonymous said...

@Shanu Bhabhs

Na re Bhabhs...Hold on to your fangs...

Main lil Chocolate, kaha reh sakegi in the scary 13B Mind Ville, MindSpace, Mumbai...**shiver shiver**

I live in the land of sweets and roshogoolas re...

You have nothing to worry. Just brush up on ur culinary skills and you will be fine... :)

iceprincess said...

hello..sorry for late comments...
my work is killing me..sighgh...
good one..though..as usual...

Harini said...


You know what? I have been cooking for like 4 years now and yet my rotis are always in shape of Africa. When its just me and my dad, i let them be and when others are supposed to eat, I do the same thing that you did.

Hey! btw you can make heart shaped puris in same way u know ;).

Shanu said...

@ Chocolatte

Thanks for ur kind wrds babes..but I still dont trust ur brother..I guess I will have to move on and find sum1 who is more accommodating of my housekeeping skills(or the lack of it!)

P.S: have to tell u sumthin really awesome..buzz me wen u are online!

Shanu said...

@ Anjana

Ohh u are back..u are back..u are back!!

Where have u been!

Dont wrk so hard sweetie! Glad to see u back...dont go missin agn!

Shanu said...

@ Anjana

Ohh u are back..u are back..u are back!!

Where have u been!

Dont wrk so hard sweetie! Glad to see u back...dont go missin agn!

Shanu said...

@ Harini

Ohh heart shaped puris! Wat an idea sirjee **dreams of wat all she can do and who all she can impress with her heart shaped pooris**

Thnks for the fab idea babes :)

Ashley said...

You have a lovely blog and your posts are a complete riot! :)


Shanu said...

@ Ashley

Aww wat a lovely profile pic :)

Thnks for the compliment :)

blunt edges said...

i know exactly where 2 look when i badly need a laugh...the place is certainly fullon bakwaas!

relieved 2 know u didn't mistake the detergent 4 salt ;)

Spike said...

ha ha ha.... as if the post was not funny enough... blunty's comment made it even more hilarious :P