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The smart DIL

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She works as an Executive Assistant in a north Mumbai firm, abhors train travel and often takes her car to office.
PN has been driving since her school days. “I am very comfortable behind the wheel and can drive faster than any Mumbai cabbie,” she claims.
But as she nears her home in central Mumbai every evening, PN slows down, and if she spots her mother-in-law hovering around the main gate to their building, quickly swerves into a nearby lane.
Why?
The unlikely explanation, in PN’s own words:
“In the past, my MIL has often caught me at the gate and said, `Beti, tu aa gayi? Please drop me to the temple, na…’ But on the way, she has made me stop at nearly half a dozen shops, always saying, ‘I will take only a minute.’  So now when I see her I avoid her till she catches an auto and goes off on her own.”
Now here is one smart DIL who has it all worked out…

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May 18, 2012 at 7:59 pm

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MIL as saviour

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“My mother-in-law is like a goddess to me…”
Could you have ever imagined a daughter-in-law saying such goodie-goodie things about her MIL?
But that is exactly what Sheetal Mehta has been going around saying since yesterday.
Mulund resident Mehta was all set to pack her bags and leave for a religious trip to Nepal with her friends. But then her MIL turned up unexpectedly from Kolkata.
“What? I am here and you are taking off on a holiday with your friends?” thundered the old lady. So Mehta cancelled her tickets.
Then yesterday she learnt that her friends had perished in a plane crash in Nepal. (The dead also included `Rasna girl’  Taruni Sachdeva).
“My mother-in-law saved my life,” Sheetal Mehta is telling anyone who stops to listen.

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May 15, 2012 at 9:29 pm

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Baat ek suhaag raat ki

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It was one of those girl-meets-boy-on-Facebook-falls-in-love-agrees-to-marry kind of cases. Hema Sherigar’s parents in Bombay should have suspected something when the boy’s side insisted on the marriage rituals being conducted in Karwar, and not Bangalore, where the Sherigars have many friends and relatives. But they didn’t raise any objection and their daughter was married off in a quiet and hurried ceremony.
The asli drama was enacted during the suhaag raat.

Once the bedroom door had been locked, the groom showed the brand new bride a photo album. “This,” he said, pointing out at a group shot, “is my wife, and these are my children.”

You can only call it her good luck for Hema Sherigar managed to escape to Bombay the very next morning.

Her parents told their neighbours that the daughter was away on a business trip.

To this day, they do not know about her misadventure of a marriage.

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May 11, 2012 at 9:39 pm

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Books I Treasure – The Extras

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The Extras
Kiran Nagarkar
The sequel to Ravan and Eddie traces the adult lives of Ravan and Eddie as extras in Bollywood.

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May 8, 2012 at 10:00 pm

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