Govindan was facing the
problem of plenty. A very large ancestral
house. Relations of all hues-
in dozens-living as a disjointed joint family, of which he was supposedly the
head. Huge quantity of
valuables, including cash and jewellery-which he found hard to safe guard from
the greedy cockroaches calling themselves his relatives. Try as he might, he
could not dislodge a single one among these detested people for fear of
offending either a brother, a sister, mother or his wife. He tried hiding the
stash at different places in his ancient thirty-two roomed bungalow and
changing places every few days… but was shit scared that someone or other would
find out. Thus, among plenty of
other things, he had plenty of angst also. One day, Govindan got a
flashy idea after watching a Malayalam movie about a haunted room in a large
house like his.
Ah! It’s started to beautifully rain, So it’s time for me to feign, An infection, cold or any pain, A day off, with sympathy to gain. But alas! spousey says, ‘Off to work! You lazy, cunning little jerk, Calling in sick to watch buxom ladies twerk, Watching your lusty channels, with a daylong smirk.’ But when she says, ‘If you still be insisting, I will rope you in for housekeeping,' I look out, sigh, ‘The rain, it seems, has stopped, My leave plan for today is hence dropped.’
Renu woke up in a cold sweat on hearing the alarm.
She was thankful that her nightmare had been disrupted by the faithful alarm.
She had been dreaming that a snakes and ladders game was going on in which she
was the coin moving up the ladder, and sliding down a cow instead of a snake. Hearing some commotion outside her fourth floor apartment,
Renu idly opened the door to have a look. There seemed to be some house warming
ceremony in progress in an apartment on the same floor. Loud mantras were being
hurled by energetic purohits to discourage bad spirits and drive away ghosts.
Suppressing a yawn, Renu was about to close the door to start her daily routine
when she saw her in the yet dim sunlight- a healthy well built cow. It seemed to be Renu’s day for cows. She had been
sliding up and down a cow in the nightmare and now here was another one in
flesh and blood, brought obviously for the housewarming. She looked at the cow with trepidation. The cow also
glared right back. The poor animal …