Girls always put on weight after marriage. Men lose flab if they take lunch to office…or gain weight if they eat out during lunch breaks.
The issue compounds when both the husband and wife work in IT companies where, even if one doesn`t have work one is forced to hang on till 7 p.m. and leave after the boss`s car rolls out of the entrance.
With 8-30 a.m.-8 p.m. out-of-home schedules it becomes difficult to take time out for the other partner…leave alone for yourself. For example, it has been 97 days since Rekha (my wife) left me alone for more than 39 seconds at a stretch. 98 days back she had once left me alone for 45 seconds. Perhaps because we have only two hours to spend together before we hit the sack and dream of better days and then get up to go to the office again.
Thus, getting up early and going for a jog…or having an early dinner and going for a walk is ruled out. Enter the treadmill.
“Why don`t we buy a treadmill?” It was Rekha.
“Cutting down the flab, of course. You need to.”
“So do you!” I scream.
“I know, but you need it more than I do.” Rekha retorts.
“A motorized treadmill could cost us anywhere between 25K to 30K. And none of our neighbors have it. So why us?” I try to wriggle away.
“Money shouldn`t be the criteria. Health before wealth.”
“That`s true. But Kiruba has just bought an Accent. I think we should go in for a car… and try and keep up.” These kinds of arguments sometimes win the case for men.
“Hmm…” (For a moment, I thought I had convinced her)
I tried to persist: “And anyways where do we have the time to use a treadmill?”
“We could use it while we watch TV.” Rekha was quick as ever.
“That means, we get a TV before we buy a treadmill?” I tell her.
“Precisely. I heard Dish TV is damn good. Some good channels they have.”
“You can`t always rely on Television for your work-outs. Good programs are always around dinner time…and you won`t be able to exercise then.” I try to reason out.
“We could buy an I-Pod. I could listen to music and exercise…thus we won`t be dependent on TV alone.”
She was gaining ground quick. The bill had run up to 30K (treadmill) plus 20K (a 19 inch TV) plus 5K (Dish TV) and 8K (an I-Pod). Since I was an intelligent man…I stopped the conversation and agreed to her four requests. We are starting off from the bottom…and buying the I-Pod tomorrow.