Transportation Costs

Once you are married, your transportation costs are bound to increase. When a bachelor, you would have come home after work and just stayed put. But a wife at home ensures that you go visit your friends and better your network.

She might not agree, but she also likes the times when you are away. She could catch up with her ex-boy friends, gossip with the neighbors or read a Cook Book to pass on a recipe as her own later in the day.

There is nothing to worry if your transportation costs are going up, but the moment your wife`s costs are on the up swing…you are doomed.

The first step to avoiding this is marrying somebody who has and knows to ride/drive a vehicle. When you tell the broker, or advertise in the newspaper insist that you are looking for a lady who has a vehicle, who knows to drive/ride it and has a valid license.

Don`t fall for a girl with just a vehicle, like I did. Rekha has a TVS Scooty, but for the life in her she cannot ride. We intend to keep it safely till TVS stops producing the Scootys and then we can auction it on the net for a very high price. Will help us meet our daughter`s wedding expenses, says Rekha.

Like I was saying, girls like to live life king size. The problem is, they want to live so in their husband`s money. When we were newly got married (We got married on Sep 8 and here are the pictures), she wanted me to drop her at her office. I did not want another responsibility and hence asked her to take an auto. The Rs 110 she was spending daily for auto was fine as long as I had peace of mind. As for Rekha, she was happy too.

The cribbing started last week.

“Sweetie pie, have you ever been in an auto at 8.30 a.m. on Mount Road,” Rekha asks.

“No yaar. Never. Why do you ask?”

“It is pathetic. It is hot and dusty and all the smoke gets into the auto. And you sweat like hell.” She said seeking sympathy.

I being a veteran in such warfare, knew when to hold back. “But Rekha, it is the most convenient thing….I mean you get into the auto near our door, and get down at your office. Remember there were days when you would travel by bus?”

Rekha being the master strategist, swerved to the right, avoided me…and continued, “True. But I am now your wife…how can I go by bus.”

“So what do you suggest?” I ask.

“How would it be if we buy a Santro. Priya in my office has bought one. It is Emerald Green and I thought we could also go with the same color.” An excited Rekha is an awesome sight. I cannot stand it.

“What about the money? Who will sponsor the car? Shall we ask your father?”

Rekha jumps up at that and says: “We could cut corners and save some money. I have already decided what I will do to save for the monthly car installment.”

“What?” I ask.

“Once we get a car, I would travel by keeping the window up…so I wont have to use shampoo every day, and I don`t need to visit beauty saloons every week for facials because we will use dark windows. Since I would be traveling in AC, I can wear my clothes for two days…so we save on washing costs too.”

By the way, did I tell you sometimes Rekha could be real funny. Just that she does not know.

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