"So I went to Shopper's Stop today." I declared to my wife.
She was busily working on the table with a lot of clothes making a small dump mountain. Trying to fold them into a neat and an orderly way.
"Yeah.." She said as her voice trailed away,
"I was searching for a watch." I said.
"Uh huh!" She managed to say. Still working on the clothes and not lifting her eyes of it.
"I saw this digital watch. It just took my breath away!" I said, ignoring her indifferent stance towards the topic.
"Uh huh .Don't say that you fell in love with it!!" She said sarcastically.
"Actually I think I did. It was amazing."
"What was amazing about it??"
"It was one of the coolest looking watch I have ever seen. It has a barometer which tells the pressure of the atmosphere. It has a Altmeter which tell the altitude I am on. It has a Compass. It has this moon tide forecasting thing. Actually I think it tells me when it is high tide or low tide with respect to the moon rise and moon set. Isn't it amazing?" I managed to say.
"Uh Huh That's good!" She said.
I could not believe it. She was still indifferent to it. I had seen the coolest watch ever and this was her reaction. This was not fair. When she sees her dream dress or any accessory, if I had given her this reaction, it would have made a volcanic eruption so big that it could have been seen from the moon.
"Does it actually tell the time??" She asked me sarcastically again.
I looked at her in disbelief. "No!" I muttered. "It is after all a watch basically! It does not tell the time!"
This awkward and a very weird statement (I still don't know how or why I said this!) made her look up.
'Aha!! I got your attention at last!' I thought.
"I mean it does say the time. Come on, it's a watch after all. It has the other things as well." I said.
"And what good are those other things? Why do you want a Altometer or a Barometer?" She replied.
"Altmeter." I corrected her. "Well for a sportsman these things are required, specially for those who are in mountaineering!"
She kept glaring at me.
"All right they don't have any use for me! But I was just wondering." I tried to avoid her glare.
"If you don't need those things, you don't need to buy it. Last month you bought an expensive 'TOUCH' mobile. You were going Ga-Ga over it. Now a watch! You can't keep buying everything you see"
Her reply came stinging back to me.
I had estimated this kind of feedback from her. I sighed.
"But it was a great watch." I said meekly. The last few words were hardly audible.
"No need to buy it. Maybe some other time. Next Year perhaps. No need to look happy. That's about 3 months from now." She said decidedly.
A flash of happiness had just crossed my face. But that was just for a moment. I can't let her see my excitement. Three months!! Allright I can wait for that long.
"Anyway, What's the cost?" She said again getting back to the dresses. She was keeping them in a orderly fashion.
Damn! I was afraid of this question!
"Eleven Thousand!" I muttered. Strangely, I found myself again talking in below audible range of the human ear.
But she heard it. It seems women have extra hearing power, even below audible range of the normal human ear. When it is not required for them to hear more, they hear the most!
Her eyes widened and the oval ness of the eyes had now become distinctly round. I was looking at the ground. A crack. I was searching for a crack, so that I could get in and hide from this uncomfortable stare. Anything anything at all. I was searching in vain.
"Think about the watch after Three years dear! That will be good for your health and your wallet too." She replied in the most understanding voice.
I sighed again. I nodded my head reluctantly in agreement. The dream watch will remain a dream, at least for now.