By Santwana Chatterjee
A Short Story
Ma has to come. Kona declared. No, no,
nothing doing, she hastily added as she saw Suresh opening his mouth.
Lolita has given notice, she is leaving this Friday.
How can she leave so sudden! Suresh was exasperated. What does she want! Increase her salary, yaar!
won’t stay. She is providing a replacement, her niece. But she is raw
and has just come from the village. Knows nothing of city life and
moreover, she is to be trained as a cook.
But why can’t you do that! Why call your mother on the drop of a hat. You know how I feel, Suresh sounded irritated.
so you say every time I call her .Pray tell me how I manage everything
single handed! Tell me, na! Teach the new maid everything including
cooking. Prepare nasta for Birju. Prepare him for school. And who will
be here to receive him when the school bus drops him at the gate, hungry
and tired. A little boy, all alone in the flat, with a new maid, who
knows what type she would be. Or are you suggesting I leave office and
stay home to look after your home and son!.
So Mrs Malati Roy arrived with her baggage to the utter discomfiture of Suresh ...
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