Saas-Bahu and Sneaking Roti

With my last three posts on WTF Wednesday, I know I must have creeped half of you. So I gave it a rest yesterday and worked on Saas Bahu Series. Here's Part two of Saas Bahu and Roti Vexation

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Starring – Bahu as Daughter in Law, Saas as Mother in law, Pati as husband.

 Roti is generally an Indian bread, made from stoneground wholemeal flour, traditionally known as atta flour


Bahu was furiously pacing in the living room while Pati was busy watching next episode of Castle.

"How can you be so calm in this moment of calamity... say something!!", Bahu was on the verge of exploding out of anxiety.

"Oh c'mon, it's just Mom and she's only going to visit us for one day". Pati knew that no matter what he said at this point, Bahu could not be pacified.

It was indeed a tumultuous time, after all, Saas had suddenly announced that she was on her way from her hometown to visit them in the city, for the first time after marriage. Even though it was for just a day, Bahu knew that in one night her whole existence would be scrutinized in gazillion mini details. And to top it all, her skill in making roti was still abysmal, to say the least.

The toilets were scrubbed clean, clothes folded and arranged in neat columns, kitchen slab was spick and span, but if Bahu failed to provide Roti for dinner, the whole Gulabi Gang of her in-laws would be up against her with cucumbers and tomatoes.

"Why don't you buy ready-made roti?". Pati finally provided a solution. Bahu stared at him for a moment and flashed her million dollar smile which made Pati realize that he just scored a thousand brownie points.

On the fateful day, Bahu made elaborate dinner preparations. Daal, Paneer, Potato Curry and Rice (yup that's the complete profile of Bahu's cooking skill). And since Roti needs to be served right off the stove, she waited for the grand arrival of Saasuma.

As soon as she arrived, Saas fussed on how weak Pati looked, how humid the city is and why they didn't have an AC. She then went on to examine the living room and finally settled in the bedroom. In between, Bahu sneaked in few Rotis from the fridge and rushed to the stove to heat them.

Now the thing about ready-made roti is you cannot keep them in normal temperature for long, else they would become sticky. So Bahu had to sneak in one roti at a time.

Thankfully Saas was busy catching up with Pati but sometimes she would walk up to the kitchen (slightly suspicious), only to see Bahu heating Roti like a pro, tilting her head, as if making a Phulka, using a cloth and everything.

Bahu was always on alert, she had powdered the area with flour, the Belan was nicely placed along the stove, and she kept few rotis lying casually here and there, for an authentic Roti Making Ambiance

 She had taken special care to dispose all the polythene packets and labels.

No wonder Saas was pleasantly surprised. When the food was laid, Saas did managed to utter few words of praise, though she kept eyeing the texture of the roti with extreme suspicion. Pati smiled and shook his head. He was happy to find himself no longer in the middle of Roti-match between the two women while Bahu happily munched on.

Mission Accomplished!!

All images courtesy Google

29 comments:

  1. Haha! Fabulous one. I could picture the whole drama unfolding as I read through it. I really enjoyed reading that.

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  2. A simple roti was the cause of anxiety for the bahu. But if she had failed , even God could not have saved her. A lovely written piece rooted in reality.

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    1. yeah,... these small things become the cause of anxiety :P thanks for visiting

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  3. he he he he nice one .. oh yes I have my freezer full of the roti's from the shop :)

    Bikram

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    1. ROFL those roti's are life saver :D

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  4. Thank god for local kirana shops.

    Cheers
    CRD

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  5. Thank God the visit is just for a day. I shudder at the thought of Saas extending her stay pleased with the cuisine of bahu!!!

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    1. hahaha yeah :D imagine poor Bahu making roti of all size and shape :P

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  6. lucky bahu....one day? buss? poor me!!

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    1. ROFL :D I would love to hear your tale :D

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    1. glad you liked it. Thanks for reading :)

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  8. This just made my day :D Take that, Saasu-Maa :)

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  9. Excellent one. Hot phulkas are available in Indian Grocery stores here every morning and evening. I am glad the Pathi thought about it.

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    1. Pati is quite intelligent that way :D thanks for writing in

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  10. HA HA! Now that is using your head! ♥

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  11. Ha! Funny story. :) Quick thinking to impress the mother-in-law.

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    1. glad you liked it. Thanks for writing in

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  12. Ha ha, it is really hilarious. Is'nt it funny that mil's first test is of roti making. You must thank your hubby for suggesting the grand idea. Enjoyed reading this.

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    1. thank you so much :D indeed Roti is like the biggest test ever :D

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  13. Haha...love your sense of humour Raj! :)

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  14. Hehehe...this was so funny Rajlakshmi! But well I have to admit that little things like this actually drives bahus across India nuts ;) Awesome read :)

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    1. yeah it does, roti is just one of them :D Thank you writing in.

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