‘Get up, Mukund’, you will be late for school, Arvind…get up…’ It was Puja trying to wake up her son and husband. After a further 20 minutes, Mukund was on the breakfast table, while Arvind was in the bathroom.
Mukund was playing withthe cereals when Puja came and yelled, ‘What is this Mukund, start eating, as such you are such a slow eater, you will be late for school. And did you keep your Social Text in the bag,’ and when Mukund bent his head, she knew he hadn’t. ‘What is this Mukund, I have to remind you of this too, why can’t you at least take care of your time table?’
‘Puja’, said Arvind while coming out of the bathroom,’Why are you always after him?’
‘After him? He will not take his book otherwise and why don’ t you hurry up, otherwise you will be late and then you will skip breakfast and race your car’.
‘Alright, alright…’, said Arvind.
Puja returned late from office to see Mukund playing with His darts. On checking his notebook, she came to know that he had not done his homework. ‘Mukund, why have you not done your homework and I am sure you have not prepared for the test.’
‘No’, he said
‘What is this Mukund? Will you do only if I tell you. Come on, you are ten now, be a little responsible, see Shweta, her mom does not have to worry about her at all. Why can’t you take charge of yourself?’
‘Puja, don’t compare’, said Arvind
‘And what about you, it is your report submission tomorrow and I am sure you have not even started.’
‘I will start Puja as soon as this news gets over’, he said
‘Yes, you will sit till midnight and then won’t be able to get up in the morning’, said Puja
It was almost 1 am when Arvind came to the room to sleep
‘See I told you…’, said Puja
‘Puja, stop it. Don’t be so irritating.’
‘Irritating, me?’, said she
‘Yes. You are always telling us to do this and do that. And just because you are always dictating us, Mukund has never learnt to take any responsibility.’
Puja in shock was not able to say anything and spent the entire night in thought. ‘Was she the culprit’ Will they be able to manage if she did not dictate’ and so on.
The next day onwards Mukund and Arvind saw a changed Puja.
She did not check Mukund’s notes
She did not see if Arvind kept his files properly or whether his reports were ready.
Mukund could play as much as he could.
Arvind could sleep as late as he could and…. could get up as late as he wanted.
After 3-4 days Mukund was swollen faced when Puja came from work. ‘What happened?’, she asked
‘Teacher made me stand for an entire period’, he said
‘Why?’, she asked
‘I forgot to take my English workbook.’
‘Why you forgot?’
‘Mamma you don’t love me, do you? YOu don’t wake me, you don’t remind me’
‘I do love you but I thought you don’t like me nagging’.
At that time Arvind intervene, I did not mean that way Puja’, he said sheepishly, ‘I just said that too much nagging is not good like you can ask us to get up, you can remind us if we have forgotten something, you know that way.’
‘Hmm, said Puja but how will I know how much nagging is enough?’
‘You know say something once or twice and that is enough.’
‘So I should nag?’
‘Yes please….’ cried out both