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Chalk and Cheese

October 24, 2010

They are as different from each other as chalk and cheese.

She believes that Cleanliness is next to Godliness and for him it is next to impossible.

She is perfect planner, so much so that sometimes there is only planning and no action. He on the other hand, is impulsive often throwing her plans out of gears.

She is a good cook, her kitchen would resemble a cookery show on TV-all the required ingredients neatly laid out. And on days that he takes over the cooking (he considers himself an excellent cook) he never relies on any standard procedures but on his instincts. It would be difficult for him to duplicate the exquisite tastes and flavours that he conjures up on a particular day

She is a perfectionist and likes all things to be in their place. He says that keeping things in ONE particular place will make it a museum and not a home. He also tells her how much fun there is in searching for things and also about the thrills of finding them.

Years of fixing appointments and meeting them, he is very particular as regards to time, but she in her bid to be perfect would forget time. There was a time when they left their home to the railway station some 4 Km away, 5 minutes after the scheduled departure of the train. It was sheer providence and the Railways’ shared belief about time with that of hers, which saved the day.

She has a good memory; she would list out chronologically all his goof ups since the time they came together. He would like to forget, especially the aforementioned goof-ups.

He is or to be more accurate, was a voracious reader. She would read only matters that featured family health or house keeping.

He is an ordinary looking guy, who wouldn’t warrant a second look, she is a pretty young thing ( he can no longer call her young but regular readers would know that he is being arm twisted , or else this blog wouldn’t see the light of day).

She is very careful with everything. Need one say that he is careless? She doesn’t miss a chance to remind him how she saved his dress from catching fire from a lighted lamp on the day of their wedding thereby perhaps saving his life as well. He has so far been unable to find out whether she felt happy to have done that or whether there was a tinge of regret in her voice.

In the matters of their children he believes that one can take the horses to the water, but can’t make them drink; she would not only lead them to the water but also make them drink as much as she wishes.

It is a wonder then how they live together. They have and that too for 20 years.

Today is their 20th wedding anniversary. Wish them well.

For those of you wondering who they are and how they came to being together, you can find the answer here.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. October 24, 2010 11:31

    Haaa ! Happy Anniversary Govind and the Missus.. 🙂

    I still remember your post on your 19th .. and the one on the license 😀 Haa..
    it’s hard to believe it’s been only a year since we met on blog world …

    so what’s the menu for the day.. and who’s cooking, give it to the boys… and let’s find out mixture of the chalk and cheese genes at work 😛

    Like the husband this side says, who can you make so much fun of, other than the ever-understanding spouse 😉


    • October 25, 2010 06:21

      Thank you Ashes. I agree time flies. I don’t know how this 20 years passed. Mostly she was keeping me on my toes.:0 🙂
      AB is right but I shudder at the day she tries her hand at blogging. 🙂

  2. October 24, 2010 15:41

    Govind, wishes on your anniversary to you and your wife. Loved reading this, esp. empathised with you on the thrills of finding “misplaced” things, and your wife for wanting to be perfect that time is forgotten!

    God Bless!

    • October 25, 2010 06:26

      Usha thanks for the wishes and blessing. It sure is very thrilling to find misplaced things especially with her voice in the background on how important it is to keep things ‘in place’. 🙂

  3. October 26, 2010 18:20

    Happy Belated Anniversary to you guys! My hubby and kids share your enthusiasm for going on a treasure hunt every time they need something, so I can understand your wife’s plight. 🙂

    • October 26, 2010 21:52

      Thank you Dreamer. We can start a treasure hunt club 😛

  4. November 8, 2010 15:55

    Ohhh, How did I miss this??!!! Belated Anniversary Wishes! That was one helluva good read 🙂 Here’s to many more Chalk and Cheese years of togetherness. 😀

    • November 8, 2010 20:53

      Thanks lady, looks like you were busy travelling when I posted this.


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