Monday, 19 November 2007

How to flush Rs.10.50 down the kitchen sink

The scene starts in the bedroom. Yours truly, Kenny, is "half asleep" which means those scenes of mountains and geometric series that indicate approach to zonked-out-land have started forming, and the words have started slurring. Enter the husband. Mr.Man lets call him today (I have retained my maiden name, Maine, do you see that?). Yours truly suddenly jerks out of geometric series and, enroute to multiplication tables, remembers the milk that is sitting next to the stove. She opens an eye. Oh what the heck. I opened one of my eyes and said to Mr.Man "Hey that thing that is white and liquid and sitting in a steel vessel next to the stove is milk, not curd being set for the morning, not curd being set for the morning. Please put it in the fridge, thank you" At that point the pine trees and equations in large font took over and I assume I drifted off.

The scene now moves to the kitchen, wee hours of the next morning. What do I find that is white and liquid and sitting demurely in a steel vessel next to the stove? Come on now, guess it. No, you silly gooses, its not milk anymore, its that special thick thing that happens to it. I do what any self-respecting member of the household would, and pour into the sink before the maid/cook come in and start scolding me for my carelessness. So thats how you do it. And yes, as of this month, the milk that comes in the suspiciously grimy packets costs Rs.21 per liter.

Now, this was quite an entertaining experience, I felt like I was Caligula or something, pouring half a liter of milk down the drain. But it set me thinking along such domestic lines, and I came up with:

(1) How to burn up Rs.500 on diwali night
Obvious answer! Hardly even requires Mr.Man's intervention, or miscommunication akin to 'Got the keys (?)' in the very forgettable thanksgiving episode of Friends. Crackers! Flower pots, wheels, sparklers, whatever your little heart desires. Buy them, set them on fire. Watch with glee as your money burns. This has the side benefit of polluting the place, increasing ambient temperatures (and tempers), and potentially causing burn injuries

(2) How to use up 16 KWH of electricity
Just one night out of several that you can potentially celebrate diwali, set up 100 bulbs of approximately 20W. Buy them in colours. Leave them on for the whole night, of 8 hours. This one also has a side benefit that come summer you can enjoy the load-shedding, secure in the knowledge that you have personally contributed to it.

2 comments:

AirSpy said...

hey, i must also rember to inform my husband about the white liquid i regularly forget to put in the fridge, so that the guilt can be shared. Why else does one get married in the first place.In my case though instead of geometric patterns its forming GRAND hypothesis on the current weather conditions outside of the kitchen, and come-what-may, how it wont be spoil the peaceful existence of white thing in its current avataar.

We have a geyser of X capacity ( i am weak in ThermoD to figure out exact values): for our family size I am convinced that we dont need to keep it on till it auto-turns off. Half hour should do. But my husband believes in keepng it on for two hours before any soul has a bath and till every one has finished: Person One starts at 7:00AM and Person Four finishes at 8:45 AM). This is also a wise way of wasting Y amount of elec.

choxbox said...

am kind of guilty of (1) though we mostly stuck to sparklers and such tuchku stuff but still..
on (2) an easier way to blow up said amount and much more is what they do here - keep lights on all night in stores.