Monday, January 25, 2016

Hypocrisy

Humor in Human Relationships

HYPOCRISY
A Story of Double Standards
By
VIKRAM KARVE

Part 1
DAUGHTER-IN-LAW

“Is everything okay? You don’t look well,” I said.

“I am okay, Sir – I am just feeling tired, that’s all,” she said.

“Tired…? Well – work has just begun…”

“My tiredness is not work-related, Sir…”

“Tell me – what is the matter…?”

“Sir – for me – it’s the long commute to work that wears me out – it takes me nearly 2 hours to get here to Hinjewadi from Kharadi – and in the evening – Sir – you know how bad the rush hour traffic is in Pune – it sometimes takes me 3 hours to get home – and then – even at home – there is so much work to do in the house – cooking, housework – I have to cook in the morning – and then again in the evening – sometimes I feel that I will collapse due to the exhaustion…” she said.

“Why don’t you shift nearby…? There are plenty of flats available in Wakad – just a 10 minute drive from Hinjewadi – you will easily get a good 2 BHK flat on rent well within your HRA – and it will be convenient for your husband too – his factory in Chinchwad is also a 10 minute drive from Wakad – in fact – there are some flats available for rental in my society – I will ask around – or – if you want – you can even buy your own flat in Wakad – I will find out…” I said.

“Thank you, Sir – but my ‘mother-in-law’ will not allow us to stay separately…” she said.

“Really…? Why…?” I said.

“Sir – my mother-in-law says that she believes in the ‘joint family system’…” she said.


Part 2
DAUGHTER

3 years later – I met the same ‘mother-in-law’ – yes – the mother-in-law of my erstwhile “Techie” colleague.

Yes – it was the same woman who believed in the ‘joint family system’.

By the way – I had changed my job – and – I was now working for another “IT Software Company” – also located in Hinjewadi.

Call it coincidence – but the woman’s daughter had recently joined my new company – and – like the ‘daughter-in-law’ – the daughter was also a “Techie”.  

It was the company anniversary function – and – along with her husband – the daughter had also brought her mother and father along.

“So – your daughter must be having a tough time commuting to work from the city every day…” I said to the woman.

“No – my daughter lives in Wakad…” the woman said.

“Oh – so your daughter’s ‘in-laws’ live in Wakad…” I said.

“No – her ‘in-laws’ live in their house in Model Colony – it is too far from her office…” she said.

I was baffled.

She made her daughter-in-law commute every day from Kharadi which was much further away from Hinjewadi than Model Colony.

“Model Colony is not that far away from Hinjewadi…” I said.

“Actually – it is not that – I did not want my daughter to stay with her ‘in-laws’ – they are too ‘old-fashioned’ – so I told my daughter and her husband to buy their own flat and stay separately…” she said.

But I thought that you believed in the ‘joint family system’ – didn’t you make your daughter-in-law stay with you…?” I said.

“That is different…” she said.

“Different…? What do you mean ‘different’…? You force your ‘daughter-in-law’ to stay with you – and you tell your daughter to live separately from her ‘in-laws’…? I just don’t understand…” I said to the woman.

“You won’t understand these things…” the woman said – and she walked away.

Yes – I just don’t understand the hypocrisy.

I don’t understand why women have double standards – one yardstick their ‘daughters-in-law’ – and another for their own daughters.

VIKRAM KARVE
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