the 50 year code.

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tharini’s comment in the last post got me thinking…

i quizzed the mil.

and apparently, yes.

there IS a code:

when fil says “enough”: it means serve me one more dosa.

when he says “ENOUGH” it means: may be just one teeny last dosa.

only when he says “ENOUGH“does it mean he’s done.

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24 responses »

  1. LOL!

    that would be my dad. even on the day after he got engaged. unfortunately code was still not decoded so he had to go hungry.

  2. chox: and then when was it decoded?

    bluemist: it’s all very nuanced, but even firstborn can recognise the last ENOUGH!

  3. ur m-i-l is spot on!

    don’t u agree that this can also be turned on its head for kids? ‘enough..stop it’ doesn’t work. ‘THAT’S ENOUGH…WILLYOUSTOPITNOW’ does (roughly 700 decibels).

  4. starry: 700decibels and to the tune of the Hot Dog Song– that would catch baby param’s attention; for firstborn it would have to be much louder *sigh*.

  5. LOL! I can easily understand this code. It happens even now at our place.

    Do you need one more dosa?
    No its okay. Enough *not convincingly enough. Just that slight inflection of tone, you know.

    Do You need one more? I can make one more. *reading between the lines*
    No its okay.I’ll have some rice instead.

    *A little more impatiently and decisively now*…I’ll make one.
    Okay, if you insist. *with a happy smile of being understood, and anticipation of one more dosa on the way!

    *sigh*. These men!

  6. chumi: same here. hi five!

    averagejane: do you have it de-coded? or do you need help from MIL?

    Tharini: Egad! you moved a generation or more away with that comment. you are practically a mother-in-law, now. how did this happen?

  7. Tharini: a mil has to have other skills too —
    a) not switching on the grinder on during rahu kalam
    b) dabbing turmeric paste on every new cloth including underwear

    c) making 5,000 bakshanams for every festival

    ye. how do you rate yourself?
    Meira: absolutely!

  8. b) to purify, i think. turmeric apparently has disinfectant-properties — but turmeric on undies is too much.

  9. There’s a code? We-ell no wonder my fil refuses my offers for lunch πŸ™‚ I always thought it was my cooking, now this is a better thought.

  10. of course it has disinfectant properties. what do you think we did when the famous fall happened? we dunked her into a kilo of the stuff to stop the bleddy bleeding. still yellow after a week.

    so anyway one should chuck all new clothes into turmeric water?

    (pardon the ignorance pliss)

  11. Poppy: i think when we are speaking about FILs, one assumes asking three times = asking once.

    or may be the third no is actually a yes.

    egad! i’ll soon need a personal decoder

    chox: MIL dabs turmeric because its — auspicious/sign of prosperity.
    just a spot on the neck, or cuff etc — where it isnt really visible.
    but she’s ruthless in her use of turmeric: tonnes on her feet, tonnes on her mangalsutra thread, tonnes in the cooking, etc
    … we now buy more haldi than sugar. i rest my case.

  12. Ok Let’s see where I stand…and I beg you to remember to give add’l points for creative thinking in keeping up with the times! πŸ˜‰

    a) not switching on the grinder on during rahu kalam

    I will say Sarvam Krishnarpanamastu and do it anyway! πŸ˜›

    b) dabbing turmeric paste on every new cloth including underwear
    I will do this only for Diwali underwear. Deal? πŸ™‚

    c) making 5,000 bakshanams for every festival
    We have a Suriya Sweets just down the road (in Chennai), and I dare saythey can deliver 5000 bakshanams if I order on time! πŸ˜€

    ye. how do you rate yourself?
    At least an 8. At the very least!!

  13. chox: MIL dabs turmeric because its β€” auspicious/sign of prosperity.
    just a spot on the neck, or cuff etc β€” where it isnt really visible.
    but she’s ruthless in her use of turmeric: tonnes on her feet, tonnes on her mangalsutra thread, tonnes in the cooking, etc
    … we now buy more haldi than sugar. i rest my case.

    Sign of a true ayurvedic household I say! Go MIL go! πŸ˜‰

  14. LOL – grew up in turmeric dabbing household, residual guilt remains when I wear new clothes non-dabbed with turmeric πŸ™‚

    M

  15. our code:
    him: grunt
    me: growl
    him: GRUNT
    me :GROWL
    Him: dammit
    me: GROWWWLDAMMMMMMITGROWWWWL

    mabe we will learn to be polite and less noisy in a couple of decades.

  16. How Tharini fared in the adjusted ranking (one point has been added for creative thinking, as requested )

    a) 0/10 you could be the One who originally recited the bhagavad gita. but this is a cardinal sin

    b) 5/10 considering diwali’s importance in the scheme of festivals

    c) 9.9/10 : yes. no one ever specified home-made. just as long as the thattais are sitting pretty beside the vella seedais. capital. capital.

    Overall rating

    5pointsomething on 10. can do better.

    M: residual guilt is a dangerous thing, no?

    sur: ROFL!

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