Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Are Children of Divorced Parents Assets, Liabilities or Bad Debts...?

Recently – I saw a link to an article on The Unintended Plight of Children of Divorce on the Social Media – a thought provoking article which evoked an interesting discussion on Social Media on the effect of Divorce on Children.

This reminded me of a story I had written long back – around 6 years ago in the year 2011 – on a similar theme – from the Point of View (POV) of a small boy whose parents are divorced.

I called the story BADMINTON

Read on...

BADMINTON
A Small Boy Narrates his Life Story
Short Fiction
By
VIKRAM KARVE

Badminton is a game where you volley a shuttlecock back and forth over a net 

BADMINTON – A Story By Vikram Karve

Part 1 – DIVORCE 

BADMINTON SINGLES

My life is like a game of badminton. 

I am the shuttlecock  and my mother and my father are the two opposing players.

Let me explain.

My parents are getting divorced. 

Now  both are highly qualified MBAs – and have very meticulously divided their assets  and very painstakingly shared their liabilities. 

Except me. 

They don’t know how to divide me  so they are fighting it out in court  battling it out for my custody. 

And  till they finally decide this way or the other  I am being tossed from one parent to the other  like a shuttlecock is tossed from one player to the opponent in a game of badminton.

From Monday to Thursday  after school is over  I take the Aundh Bus to stay at my mother’s place.

On Friday  I take the Kondhwa Bus to spend the weekend with my father.

On Sunday evening my father has to drop me off at my mother’s place before 6 oclock.

And  if we are late even by one minute  my mother raises a hue and cry against my father  and she complains to the family court.


After Two Years

Part 2 – REMARRIAGE

BADMINTON MIXED DOUBLES

My life is still like a game of badminton. 

But now – after 2 years – there is a slight difference. 

Now  instead of Badminton Singles  it is a game of Badminton Mixed Doubles.

Let me explain.

On one side of the badminton court  are my REAL FATHER and STEP-MOTHER.

And  across the net  on the other side of the badminton court  are my REAL MOTHER and STEP-FATHER

And  I am still the shuttlecock  being tossed from one side of the badminton court to the other side of the badminton court  back and forth. 

However  there is also a big difference. 

Earlier  when they used to play badminton singles  the rallies were short and sweet  the volleys were gentle  and  each player wanted the shuttlecock to fall on their own side of the court

Now  in badminton mixed doubles  the rallies are long and painful  the smashes are hard  and  the players  especially the new players  they want the shuttlecock to fall on the other side of the court  across the net.

Do you want me to explain...? 

I don’t think I need to.

I am sure you have got the drift of what I am trying to say. 

Now  you tell me one thing:

Am I an asset to be divided...?

Or  am I a liability to be shared...?

And then – a terrible thought comes to my mind – of a third option.

And – I feel afraid of one thing. 

In an actual game of badminton  the shuttlecock may get worn out. 

If this happens  the badminton players toss the shuttlecock out of the court – yes – the players throw away the old shuttlecock – and they get a new one.

Oh my God...!!! 

Will this happen to me...?

Once they have their own children  what will happen to me...?

Will I become like an old shuttlecock  to be discarded  and to be replaced by a new shuttlecock...?

Yes  once they get rid of the old shuttlecock  maybe the mixed doubles partners will stop playing mixed doubles with the old shuttlecock.

Now – the new partners may start playing badminton singles with each other with their own new shuttlecocks.

Soon  both couples  my REAL MOTHER and STEPFATHER  and  my REAL FATHER and STEPMOTHER  they will have their very own children.

And then  they may abandon me forever. 

Yes  I am really scared that I will be abandoned forever. 

I will no longer be an asset to be divided.

I will no longer be a liability to be shared.

But – I will become a bad debt to be written-off from the balance sheets of my biological parents lives.


Part 3 

CHILDREN OF DIVORCED PARENTS  ASSETS, LIABILITIES or BAD DEBTS...? 

Please answer the small boys question – and  solve his predicament.

Once parents get divorced  and then  they remarry someone else:

1. Are children of their first marriages ASSETS to be divided...?

2. Are children of their first marriages LIABILITIES to be shared...?

3. Or – Are children of first marriages BAD DEBTS to be written-off from the balance sheet of each parents life...?

Dear Reader  please comment  and do let us know your views. 

VIKRAM KARVE
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2. All stories in this blog are a work of fiction. Events, Places, Settings and Incidents narrated in the stories are a figment of my imagination. The characters do not exist and are purely imaginary. Any resemblance to persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Blow Hot Blow Cold – Story of a “Patriarchal Feminist” – her “Horrible” daughter-in-law – and – her “Darling” daughter

It is very hot in Pune. 

Normally – I don’t like using an Air-Conditioner – I prefer fresh air. 

But – today – while contemplating whether to switch on the Air-Conditioner – I suddenly remembered this story I had written long ago during my lovely Mumbai days...

STORY OF A “PATRIARCHAL FEMINIST” – HER “HORRIBLE” DAUGHTER-IN-LAW – AND – HER DARLING DAUGHTER

BLOW HOT BLOW COLD
Humor in Family Life
A Story
By
VIKRAM KARVE
 
Part 1: “HORRIBLE” DAUGHTER-IN-LAW

It was a hot and humid summer afternoon in a sea facing flat on Marine Drive in Mumbai.

A young woman was unable to bear the stifling hot climate.

So  she switched on the Air-Conditioner in the room to cool off a bit.

Her mother-in-law came into the room.

As is the case with most mothers-in-law – she hated her daughter-in-law.

The mother-in-law saw her daughter-in-law relaxing in cool “air-conditioned comfort.

The old woman could not tolerate the sight of her daughter-in-law sitting in comfort.

So – the mother-in-law shouted at her daughter-in-law sarcastically:

“You think you are a Maharani (Empress) or something...? 

Just look at the way you are sitting in such style  with the Air-Conditioner full blast  all for yourself. 

Who is going to pay the huge electricity bill...? 

Your father..?” 

Taken aback by the scolding – the daughter-in-law” said to her mother-in-law:

“I am feeling hot...” 

On hearing this – the mother-in-law shouted at her daughter-in-law:

“Hot...? 

You are feeling hot...? 

What do you mean you are feeling hot...? 

It is not at all hot – just open the window  and let the cool sea breeze in...” 

The young daughter-in-law moved to open the windows.

The mother-in-law looked at the daughter-in-law and commanded her:

“Shut off the Air-Conditioner at once. 

You should not unnecessarily put on the Air-Conditioner. 

Electricity costs money. 

Besides  sitting in an Air-Conditioned room is not good for your health. 

You must get used to the climate. 

And  you must learn to adapt with nature...!”

Scared of her mother-in-law  the hapless young daughter-in-law had no choice but to obey her commands.

The young daughter-in-law switched off the Air-Conditioner.

The young woman sat in the hot room  sweating and sweltering in the oppressive heat – cursing her terrible mother-in-law”.


Part 2: “DARLING DAUGHTER

Suddenly  the young woman’s sister-in-law (her husband’s sister) arrived on a surprise visit.

Her mother-in-law (the old woman) – she was overjoyed to see her “Darling Daughter – whom she adored.

The old woman could not bear to see her own Darling Daughter “suffering” in the heat.

So  the old woman turned towards her daughter-in-law – and she scolded her daughter-in-law:

“What are you doing just sitting there...? 

Why have you opened those windows...? 

Can’t you see that hot air is coming in through the open windows...? 

And why is the Air-Conditioner switched off in this oppressive heat...? 

Close the windows immediately  and  switch on the Air-Conditioner at once. 

Do you want my “Delicate Daughter to suffer a heat-stroke...?”

Then 
 the old woman turned to her darling daughter.

She stroked her darling daughters hair  and she said lovingly to her daughter:

“My poor dear  it is so hot here  and how you suffer in this terrible heat. 

You must take care and protect yourself from the harsh vagaries of nature...!”

Seething inside  but silently complying with her mother-in-law’s instructions  the bewildered daughter-in-law said to herself: 
“What a miracle indeed...? 
Wonder of wonders...!!!
Have you ever seen a room with such a variable climate...? 
Yes  the same room  where the wind simultaneously blows hot and blows cold from the same windows.
Ha Ha – a Room with a “Variable Climate where it is HOT and COLD at the same time...!
VIKRAM KARVE
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Disclaimer:
1. This story is a fictional spoof, satire, pure fiction, just for fun and humor, no offence is meant to anyone, so take it with a pinch of salt and have a laugh.
2. All stories in this blog are a work of fiction. Events, Places, Settings and Incidents narrated in the stories are a figment of my imagination. The characters do not exist and are purely imaginary. Any resemblance to persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

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