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Preparing for a college trip to Manali my daughter calls her friend( an engineering student ) who is here from hostel for holidays to take her to market for some last moment shopping as am not too well . As he arrives and she is putting her stuff in the bag ,he sits waiting as […]

Preparing for a college trip to Manali my daughter calls her friend( an engineering student ) who is here from hostel for holidays to take her to market for some last moment shopping as am not too well . As he arrives and she is putting her stuff in the bag ,he sits waiting as I lie on the bed watching her , he picks up the list lying on the table . The following conversation ensues

He ( gaping at the two feet long list ) : Is this all you still need to buy ?

She : No idiot ,this is my checklist for the trip packing. The things with stars are the ones I still need to buy

He : Why do you have to put toothbrush and hairbrush in the list ? Who forgets it ?

She : Boys do because they do not make a checklist ?

He : Why three small size kits ?

She (now little annoyed): One for toiletries and medicines I might need, one for makeup and one for accessories and can you please keep that list down !
And Mom please tell papa to get some bandaids along with the medicines please

He ( nonchalantly ) : Why do you need 4 jackets all in different colors ?

She : Because its very cold there and I anyway feel very cold otherwise too and we will be there for 4 days so I can’t be wearing same everyday na ?

He( now amused as he spots a heating pad and umbrella in the list) : Then why these thin evening dresses ?

She ( very irritated by now as she puts sanitizer and wipes in her handbag): Because we will be changing for dinners and bonfire in evenings and now please let me finish

He (little confused) : And you won’t feel cold in them then ?

She ( as she decides on which nailpaint to wear ): What do you think I am carrying matching stoles and shrugs for ?

He ( exasperated as he looks at shoes packed in kits ) : All you need to carry is one pair of jeans, 4 shirts and one jacket !! Haina aunty ?
And looks at me for empathy

I quietly smile and look away

Men ! they would never understand !!

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Parveen Sethi

Parveen Sethi is a bilingual poet, writer and translator who writes in Hindi and English with equal ease. Her poems have appeared in several international anthologies and magazines including 52: Loves, and Learning and Creativity and Contemporary Women writers of India. She lives in Ludhiana with her husband and two college going children.

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14 comments

  1. Lalit

    Very beautiful write.loved it.

    1. Parveen Sethi

      Thanks

  2. Sunaina

    Ha ha- everytime I read this write up, it puts a smile on my face and I cant wait till u compile this all up in a book, our very own mrs funny bones !

    1. Parveen Sethi

      Thanks !

  3. Nidhi Popli

    Light-hearted and interesting take on the essential difference between men and women.
    This one brought a smile because it reminded me of how my daughter packs for a trip.
    Loved this write. Keep enthralling us with more such pieces.

    1. Parveen Sethi

      Thanks

  4. Vitesha

    Very well written.anyone having teenage daughter can relate to this.morever we all know men are from mars and Women are from Venus ??

    1. Parveen Sethi

      Ha ha yes 🙂

  5. Veena Sabharwal

    not only teenager, but every ( most of ) woman can relate to this type of packing before leaving for a trip ..??

    1. Parveen Sethi

      Yes…thanks

  6. Gurneer Sahni.

    Very well written.
    Can be related to so many women while doing packaging before leaving for a trip.

    1. Parveen Sethi

      Thanks a lot

  7. Dimpy

    I can so relate to this as anyone having daughters would too. A light-hearted piece.

    1. Parveen Sethi

      Thank you 🙂

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