Tuesday, May 7, 2013


The Story of the Happily Married Couple

The Mango Season is here.
We, my wife and I, are experiencing the “much married” feeling (We are completing 32 years of married life soon and will be entering the 33rd year of our marriage). 

So, on our marriage anniversary, we are going to cut a “hapus” Alphonso Mango and share it together.

Then I will tell my wife this mango story, which encapsulates the secret of a long marriage

“happily married couple was celebrating the golden jubilee of their married life - the 50th wedding anniversary of their very happy and successful marriage.

They both loved mangoes and decided to start the glorious day with a delicious Alphonso mango first thing in the morning.

While serving the mango the subservient docile wife thought:

For 50 years I have always sacrificed my own desires and been considerate towards my husband

I always gave him the deliciously sweet cheek of the mango, those succulent fleshy slices next to the skin of the mango which I love to eat.
And I myself always sacrificed my desires and ate the sour pulpy part enveloping the seed of the mango. 

Enough is enough! 

Today I am going to enjoy the delicious cheeks of the mango and I will savour the heavenly sweet fleshy slices myself. 

And, for once, I will let my husband have the sour fibrous pulpy seed.”

So she cut the mango, took the sweet chunky slices of the mango cheeks herself.

She gave the pulpy seed of the mango to her husband.

Then she waited for his reaction with bated breath.

To her utter surprise, and contrary to her fears, her husband was very happy and he kissed her hand and said:

“My Darling, Thank You so much. 

You have just given me the greatest joy on our wonderful 50th wedding anniversary day. 

For 50 years I sacrificed my desires and I never ever asked you for the luscious tangy seed of the mango, which is what I like the most. 

I quietly ate the insipid mango cheeks you served me, even though I do not like them, because I always wanted you to enjoy and relish the tangy pulpy mango seeds which are so tasty.

Now, on our 50th wedding anniversary you have understood my sacrifice and you have given me that part of the mango which I always wanted for so many years.”

I am confused about the moral of the story.
Is the moral: “Sacrifice is the key to a long marriage? 

A good marriage is all about mutual sacrifice and adjustment and consideration for your partner. 
Is this the moral of the story. 

Or is it something else?

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A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer and blogger. Educated at IIT Delhi, IIT (BHU) Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and is currently working on his novel and a book of vignettes and an anthology of short fiction. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories and creative non-fiction articles on a variety of topics including food, travel, philosophy, academics, technology, management, health, pet parenting, teaching stories and self help in magazines and published a large number of professional  and academic research papers in journals and edited in-house journals and magazines for many years, before the advent of blogging. Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for 15 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing and blogging. Vikram Karve lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.

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