Day 121: Respect Shespect

I see the OldMan going through a major life struggle, something that is affecting him so heavily that it is evident in his every interaction with the family; especially with the OldLady. He is invariably aloof, struggle with his inner demons through the day. He lazes around during the day, making minimum conversations with us. When forced to participate, he generally snaps or spits his answers out. He’s given enough of those that OldLady responds in an equally frustrated manner. For a third person, their conversations qualify for a road-side brawl between sworn enemies.

He diligently dresses up at sundown and steps out for his daily dose of intoxicants. With it in the system, he suddenly gets very verbose, would like to know what my life plans are, would advice H on her marital woes and would push OldLady’s buttons some more. The daily drama is painful, an all too evident sign of a crumbling relationship. And yet, he finds no value in salvaging it.

It would have been much easier if I were able to relate to either sides; I would have easily picked a person to support and fought the other. Unfortunately, I’m unable to see either positions of view. I do not understand why one would resort to escape routes to sort their life struggles. I do not understand how one would blame their family for all their life’s sufferings when they would be nothing without the family in the first place. I, in fact, do not even know if that is the reason for all the melancholy. On the other side, I do not understand how one could be so submissive for these many years, without a voice of their own. I definitely do not understand a woman building her entire life around one man, making him her Achilles’ heel.

I do not understand relationships.

Humans are so complicated, S. All this yelling and screaming and loving and doving. Why! 

Eat, Sleep, Repeat, remember?” Scotch 

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Day 82: Back home

And we’re back home. I slept through the 3 hour flight and barely noticed the two bawling babies around my seat. I was still dazed and confused when we headed out, but I was awake enough to call a bluff when I had to. The Swiss were heading off to Mysore to join the rest of them, and they almost jumped to take a taxi for 5000 when I pointed them to Ola outstation. Half the price, the taxi driver showed up in under 15 minutes, and YZ was all over again about saving his life and what not. Haha! This was an easy task after all.

I got off near the bus stop and took a 500 to home, and slept till 9 PM. It is always fun to be welcomed home by Scotch, now when she’d broken through Amma’s chains, there was more zest in her jump. Good to be home.

“You sleep, S. I will take care of you. I think that pigeon out there is trying to disturb you. I will shoo it away!” Scotch