Bad Hair Days
JayPrakash Uncle winced as loud sounds emanated from the kitchen. The Aunt was clattering utensils and muttering to herself. Not a good sign evidently.
The Uncle debated – should he or should he not go in? That was the question.
Finally he advanced with false bravado and watched as The Aunt began adding this and that to something in a copper vessel and stirred everything around vigorously.
The Uncle looked at the brownish-green substance in the vessel and said, “Are we having Baingan Bhartha now? For breakfast? ”
“No jokes will be entertained today,” growled The Aunt. “My head feels heavy, my hair feels worse and I’m in a bad mood. I don’t want bad jokes to go with it!”
“Oh I see….!” exclaimed The Uncle as a bulb flashed. “It’s a BAD HAIR DAY eh!! So is that henna then? For your hair? And the tea….?”
“That’s right” said The Aunt. “The tea is for the henna and the henna is for the hair. And I will be adding some yoghurt to it in a minute. Any more questions?”
“How about seasoning it with some hot oil and mustard seeds?”
“Better watch it or this thing will end up on your face!”
The Uncle retreated to the door and added, “Don’t forget to add some asafoetida and curry leaves too.”
“I might” retorted The Aunt. “Curry leaves are good for the hair!”
The Uncle gave up. Women! Really! The things they put on their heads! No wonder they have Bad hair Days!
“Don’t get in Amma’s way” he warned Raghu who was sitting in the living room. “She’s having a Bad Hair Day.”
“Oh” said Raghu in alarm. “Should we call 911? Or should I just go over to Rohit’s and spend the day there?”
“No need” said The Uncle holding up his hand. “Never fear when your dad’s here.”
10 minutes later.
“HeHeHe” chuckled Raju as he walked into the room. “Trust Amma to keep her word!”
The other two looked at him. “Remember what she says when we don’t eat what she cooks?” asked Raju.
All three chorused, “What do I do with all this? Put it on my head?”
Raju grinned. “That’s what she’s done with last night’s Sambar. She’s put it on her head. And boy! Does it smell weird!!”
“Will she be like that for the whole day?” asked Raghu with a worried look. “My friends are coming over to play. They’ll get scared.”
“Don’t worry” advised The Uncle with an air of knowing things. “She’ll wash it off in some time.”
And so she did. In just over an hour The Aunt emerged from the bedroom with a mop of freshly tinted hair on her head. Strands of bright reddish orange hair shone against the sunlight and looked like a halo around her head.
“Ooooh! Amma’s on fire!”announced Raghu. “Should we call the fire-engine?”
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This is the 8th in the series – The Adventures of The JP Family as part of the A to Z Blog Challenge 2019.
Alphabet Illustration – Sudarshan Rao