Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Fruits of Marriage



If you ever heard the slogan 'It's better to be single and sad rather than married and miserable', if you always thought that marriage was not your 'cup of tea', if you wondered about the gains of marriage from a true women's point of view, if you never dreamt of marriage from your early teens and had your 'oh my gawd' moments or sleepless nights, if you enjoyed your solitude and never wanted to be two, if you shivered at the very thought of you having to adjust living with a guy (read the typically insensitive, unfashionable, unorganized, unnecessarily overrated breed of human species) post-marriage, if you have been a single and happy woman with your lovely wings spread across the town and beyond, this post is just for you!

And in case you are already married, my deepest sympathies are always with you, and yes, welcome to the club sista! Here I share with you a glimpse of my life story and my two cents of wisdom about marriage and husband!


Few simple reasons why I reconsidered marriage and signed up for it (okay, other than the trust, companionship, emotional security, commitment, eternal love, finding the right one and happily ever after bit) -

To get the occasional foot rub – You don't get professional proficiency here but hey, you don't pay for it either! It all comes with the package! Plus, where else would you get it exactly when you want it the most, may it be by the end of a long, cold and tiring day.

To get customized massage – If you tell me about the spa and massage parlors as alternatives, well, would they be open late in the night and provide the service on your very own bed so that the massage can end in the ultimate relaxation and a rejuvenated state of mind where you sleep in peace, the best sleep you ever had? Very amateur indeed, might not come with fragranced candles, aromatic oils or soothing music that would transcend you to the unfathomable world of pleasure and ecstasy, but it may range from erotic and sensual to a pair of robotic hard stiff hands trying to make sense of 'the art of massage' on your body. This might be so unrelaxing that you may loose the desire to get your next massage for another month or so! So, what is your gain in here? Well, your mind gets so diverted in the process that you forget about the back pain that you ever had!

For some warmth – If nothing else, now you can tuck your freezing toe against his in the night. Disclaimer: you are in trouble if he expects the favor back from you!

For a lot of convenience – Marriage brings you a part-time volunteer chauffeur, an emergency car mechanic and a lifelong technical support if you married an IT engineer. And guess what? He does it all with a lot of 'love' and 'passion', even if not for you but for the 'technology', and anything even vaguely related to technology and engineering!

To stop playing the hard-to-get – Marriage always makes you more attractive to other men! There is no longer any moral obligation to conform to men's hard-to-get fantasy for a woman. Now you are genuinely 'hard to get' for all the men sans your husband.

For the real peace of mind -
Now you can politely refuse having coffee with that super cheesy colleague of yours just by uttering those golden words “I am married, you know!!”, followed by a compelling smile.
You do not any more have those curious aunts poking nose in your love life.
Even if you refuse to share details of your romantic life, your aunts no more worry that you might become a nun!
Those family friends do not spread rumors about your sexual orientation any longer just because you refused to marry their 'all-perfect eligible bachelor' son! Now you have your husband as a silent proof of your real sexual preference.
Suddenly all those 'friends' disappear who kept trying to make you jealous (and in turn bored you to death) with the telesoap-ey romantic stories of their boy friends, fianc├ęs and husbands. Now they know that you too have a husband and you know what exactly does the package come with!

To finally have that witty guy who also laughs at your PJs – Oh yes, dear God, girls have the legal right to be humorous and hilarious as well!

To avail the couple discounts – You no longer need to 'look for' a boy friend or a girl friend to avail couple discounts at the gym, library, dance class, airlines, hotel, costco and so on (and these days there is a couple discount for everything under the sun you may think of).



Gentle reminder: I am speaking from my life experiences and please keep some tissues handy in case if you tend to get very emotional. Now let us talk about a few bonus that a marriage comes with (yes, along with all that is going on in your mind at the moment) -

Increased vocabulary – If you got married to a 'dude' or even a simple guy, he would definitely add up to your slang vocabulary. His contributions in this regard are enormous even if he is the decent one and does not swear at you. He does it at any given opportunity, more like a soliloquy. So, if he misses the traffic signal, if the droid reboots for no reason whatsoever, if the office laptop takes too long a time to boot up, if the phone gets disconnected in the middle of a conversation, if the milk spills over, if he really loves a dialogue in The Big Bang Theory or Two and a Half Men, you get to include a new word into your slang vocabulary.

Consistency in your life – Marriage is a huge commitment. Even if you are humiliated to the infinity, now you can no more break up a relationship just because he is playing angry birds in a 'supposed romantic dinner at a restaurant' with you sitting across the table. You consistently learn to tolerate your sole mate being unmindful in your company and getting engrossed in some birds and pigs killing each other.

You learn new perspectives on men – Now your husband tries to convince you that 'sensitive guys' are always gay or metrosexual; metrosexual men do not get married to a single woman but rather dates the expensive sex workers; all real men love video games.

Now you have a patient listener – So finally you have a true friend who is also a great listener, with whom you can share your day-to-day stories with! Now you have an empathetic listener to share your opinions with! Oh the husband is a great listener as most of the times he puts a deaf ear to whatever you say by default.

You learn to re-purpose your furniture – If you always thought bed is the place for sleeping, doing romance or reading books before you fall asleep, your knowledge was genuinely 'limited'. Bed is also the place for surfing, charging your laptops, phones, and keeping your office clothes.

Now you have a permanent company to go shopping with – Read again, I said that now you have a 'permanent company to go shopping with' and not a permanent company to shop with! Well, now you can shop for endless hours in a shopping mall only if there is an Apple store nearby and he gets to spend the entire time in there.

Hubby helps build your emotional strength – Now you can cry as much as you want to during an emotional movie and go unnoticed without being leg pulled for it or even being offered a tissue. There are high chances he had fallen asleep at the right time during the movie and noticed you only after your tears have completely dried. Romance is not his genre of movies, you see!

Wonderful surprises – You might have heard romance is a routine post-marriage, but there are also ecstatic surprises! You often reach your 'O'-moment when you suddenly find the dishes are washed and the laundry is taken care of. “If diamonds were as plentiful as pebbles we shouldn't stoop to pick them up”, says he!

You get to see variety in life - As your techie hubby spends 80% of his life in front of screens, often to take a break from his computer he migrates from one screen to another! So it's either the PC, iPad, Droid, TV or the IMAX theater screen.

A real frank relationship – Well, did you ever feel that you often 'pretend' when you are in a relationship with your boy friend? Did not you have to pull your tummy in while trying out the new dress that he bought you? Did not you wake up early in the morning and wore some natural looking make-up just to make yourself look pretty when he wakes up? Well, husband solves all these problems as you share a more intimate relationship with this life partner! To prove this point he does not any longer hesitate to fart or burp aloud without feeling too embarrassed. Appreciate how earnest he is in his efforts!



Oh, am I being too cynical or sarcastic here? Oh dear God, no! How can you ignore the golden points that if you are married,

- You can always blame the hubby for the misplaced things in the house,

- You can skip bathing for a day or two without ever being noticed,

- You are considered the world's greatest chef just because you cook better than his mom does,

- You need not be embarrassed about forgetting important dates in case they do not show up on your Google calendar or Facebook. Men are historically known to be better at forgetting important dates than you are!

- Your husband would always respect you a lot for your religious beliefs and practices as his bar is usually set pretty low.

- He is always super-enthusiast to explain to you The Matrix or a Star Trek episode even if he is watching it for the twenty seventh time!

And last but not the least important at all,

- Husbands often zone out. No worries in case if you shared with him something that you should not have. He might have zoned out by the time you came to that topic and might have been completely disoriented to even notice what actually slipped out of your tongue!


Wish you a happily ever after...



19 comments:

  1. Oh what a wonderful post! My time spent on helping you set up this blog has already paid off in full! Looking forward to a lot more posts from you! :)

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    1. As I already mentioned to you, thanks a lot! :)

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  2. Wiooooooooooooooooow I will surely get inspired now :D

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    1. Welcome to the blog, Bubblegum! Looking forward to those 'inspired' posts on your blog :D

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  3. Spirited, sassy and clearly portrays the magic the two of you share :-) Bravo! - Mituldi

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    1. Incognito a.k.a. Mituldi, welcome to the blog! And definitely, a double thanks :)

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  4. now i am impressed enough to fix the D date :)

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    1. Welcome to the blog, Nabamitadi! So, what was it that clinched the deal? The toe-warming or customized massages? :P

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  5. some good points there. 'couple discount' is a real plus :-) and 'how to make your colleagues stop bugging you'

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    1. Hello Debanish, welcome to the blog. Interesting that you find 'couple discount' the real plus from the entire post! :P

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  6. very neatly written..way to go girl!

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    1. Thank you so much Rituparna, and yes, a warm welcome to the blog! :)

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  7. Welcome to the world of blogging Shubha!!
    Good Read :)

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    1. Thank you so much Swaty. Welcome to my blog. Glad that you enjoyed the post and hopefully, now you can relate to some of the points listed above! ;)

      - Pink Tornado

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  8. Hilarious! Start with a bang, did someone say? This is literally an explosion! - Arunava

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  9. Thank you so much, Arunava! And yes, a warm welcome to the blog :)

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  10. hey! u have loads of gyan & tips to share; and i completely agree!

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    1. Glad we are on the same page! Check out the new gyan! :D

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  11. I was hoping to read more of your blog... do share your gyan :)

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