Cybernag has a separate page on her blog for her L&M (and the brats) PLEASE go there and read when you have time..
and this particular piece reminded me of my dad and mama…
So ma has never gone shopping for vegetables in her life..being the only sister of 3 brothers, she never did any outside work and after she got married to pa who didnt have a real sister, he ensured he took care of everything outside the house and hence ma never had to go out of the house..even to buy veggies…(yaa yaa my ma is a pampered brat herself ;))
anyways, so on Sundays pa used to go veggie shopping…
Ma would make a list an actual list of vegetables to buy and then write beside them how much to buy and then give it to appa and make him read it..(you know just incase he said that he couldnt read her pearl beautiful hand writing)
anyways so lets say the list said
Cabbage – 250 gms
Cauliflower – 250 gms
Tomato – 500 gms..
Potato – 1 kg
Onion – 500 gms
Green chilly – 50 gms
Corriander – 50 gms
Ginger – 20 gms
Appa would come back with something like this
Cabbage – 500 gms (it was cheaper)
Cauliflower – 1 kg (Arey it was so fresh na…it looked wonderful so I didnt get it cut)
Tomato – 2 kgs (it was cheap..you can make some tooku out of it)
Potato – 1 kg (Phew!)
Onion – 3 kgs (arey the fresh stock has come..it wont get spoilt and on top of that, your eyes also wont water because these are from this particular X village which is known for its sweet onions)
Green chilly – 250 gms (you can make some green chilly achar na)
Corriander – 500 gms (errr…perhaps you can make chutney?)
Ginger – 250 gms (ekdum fresh tha so I got extra to put in the chai)
Green peas – 1 kg (I will shell them and you can make some kachoris na)
Brinjal – 500 gms (I felt like having Gotsu and Pongal)
Karela – 500 gms (Who will eat – I will I will good for health na)
and about 20 other vegetables
Amma: K (Appa’s name starts with K) K K (She is too furious to say anything further)
Appa: Smugly – Nice fresh vegetables na..I went to the big market and got
Amma: (frowning) Where do I keep them?
Appa: in the fridge? (By this time realizing that ma is slowly losing her temper)
Amma: Get me the biggest fridge on earth and these wont go in
Appa: but but
Amma: who will sit and separate the bhindi and the kundru and the beans from one another..who will clean up the palak AND the methi AND the corriander..cant you just buy one
Appa: but they were fresh
Amma: Everything is fresh that doesnt mean you get veggies for the whole world
Appa: I will help you clean up dont worry
Amma is fuming by then and so doesnt even reply..
to his credit, appa does clean up
Appa: Dont worry from next week, I will follow the list to the T
Next week after Appa comes back from the market
and the cycle repeated….I am 30 years and till date, I still see this cycle being repeated…
Ma gets super bugged because appa seems to go out and buy the whole market, while amma says there is no space in her fridge for so many of the veggies…
And then of course me being Appa’s daughter…once went to a place called Khanderao market in Baroda with my friend when we were in college because friend was coming to Mumbai and her grandmother wanted her to pick up some green peas which were of good quality from the market…
so friend and I went to the market and picked up like 5 kgs of green peas…when ma saw what I had come back with,she almost burst a nerve..and to add to all this the regular veggie guy who used to come to our soceity asked amma from the door ‘ben koi bhaji chaheye’ to which amma says ‘mujhe nahi chaheye..aapko chaheye toh mere paas se leke jaao’ the poor guy stood so confused while my dad was laughing away to glory….
and then my eldest mama came to Ahmedabad..so cousin K spent 5 years with us during her engineering and mama used to come down most weekends to spend with us…and so the duo of saala and jiju would go shopping..and my mom’s worst nightmare came true…both of them were avid veggie shoppers..if mama liked the ‘green’ cucumbers, appa saw the ‘purple brinjals..if mama saw the fresh cauliflower, appa saw the radiant cabbage…you get the drift right?
Amma would threaten dire consequences to both of them, but it all fell in to deaf ears..and then they would blame each other..
Mama: well, K bought this first
Appa: I didnt, M saw it and said it was good..
you know like how school kids blame each other…like that…
My bro, cousin K and I had the best of times see the brother sister fight with each other while the brother in law tried to be the peace keeper..it was hilarious 🙂
Thanks Zephyr for refreshing these memories…and of course like they say in that ad ‘The argument continues’ in RM’s parents household 🙂