Thursday, August 13, 2009

A Parsi Wife

On p.42 we are introduced to yet another character - Amay, Lucky's childhood friend . Amay had once proposed to Lucky but since she had declined, had moved on and, as he qualified,was now happily married to Laila, a Parsi girl . This reminds me of a joke which I once heard .

Three men were sitting together bragging about how they had given house-duties to their new wives.

The first man had married a Bengali girl, and bragged that he had told his wife she was going to do all the dishes and house cleaning. He said it took a couple days but on the third day he came home to a clean house and the dishes were done.

The second man had married a Tamil girl. He bragged that he had given his wife orders that she was to do all the cleaning, dishes and the cooking. On the first day he didn't see any results, but the next day it was better. By the third day, his house was clean, the dishes were done and he had a huge dinner on the table.

The third man had married a Parsi girl. He boasted that he told her that her duties were to keep the house cleaned, dishes washed, lawn mowed, laundry washed and hot meals on the table for every meal. He said the first day he didn't see anything, the second day he didn't see anything but by the third day most of the swelling had gone down and he could see little out of his left eye!

Of course this is not exactly the case! Parsi women make wonderful wives - they are good home makers as they are known for their organisation, hard work, diligence and above all a fierce loyalty to their families.

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