W – We’re on WhatsApp
8.00 AM A typical Sunday morning.
The Aunt is on the sofa, her back resting against the armrest, her legs stretched out in front. Her head is bent, her eyes screwed up, her face frowning in concentration.
JayPrakash Uncle is in the kitchen making himself some coffee.
“The sugar tin’s empty. Where the sugar packet?” he asks.
No reply from The Aunt. Her fingers are flying fast on her mobile. She’s racing against time.
“There!” she exclaims. “I did it!”
JP Uncle appears at the doorway.
She looks at him with a glow on her face. “I managed to send ‘Good Morning’ messages and images to all my WhatsApp groups before anyone else today!” she tells him triumphantly.
JP Uncle is at the dining table waiting for breakfast. He catches glimpses of The Aunt through the doorway as she flits around the kitchen, stopping every 2 minutes to check her Social Media.
Finally she emerges with a dish of fluffy white idlis which she places on the table.
The Uncle stretches his hand to serve himself, but The Aunt taps his hand lightly with the serving spoon.
“Don’t act like a hungry wolf!” she admonishes . She then arranges two idlis on a plate, puts green chutney on one side and a small bowl of sambar on the other. She fiddles with a sprig of coriander leaf, trying out various angles.
“What are you doing?” asks a visibly hungry Uncle.
“It’s called plating.” she explains patiently.
“Never mind The Plating.” says The Uncle. “I’m not fussy!”
“Who’s doing it for you???” asks a surprised Aunt looking around for her mobile. “I have to take a pic first and post it to my Instagram and FB.
The Uncle sighs and sits back with a resigned look. The atmosphere in the house for the rest of the day now depends on how many likes and shares the post gets!
The Aunt is perched on a little stool just outside the bathroom door, mobile in hand.
The bathroom door opens and Raju emerges – fresh from a bath, water dripping down his chest, a towel wrapped precariously around his waist. He takes one look at The Aunt and her poised mobile, squeals and leaps back into the bathroom.
“Come on Raja beta….” cajoles The Aunt holding up her mobile.
“Appa!!!” he yells from inside. “Hhhhelp! Amma’s taking my picture.”
“Just one pic.” she says, “For my Instagram. You look so cute.”
JP Uncle, shocked and speechless, staggers back to his room.
“What next?” he wonders. Or more to the point – “Who’s next???”
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This is the 23rd in the series The Adventures of the JP Family as part of the A to Z Blog Challenge 2019
Alphabet Illustration – Sudarshan Rao.