Wednesday, October 17, 2012

ROLE REVERSAL - A BREADWINNER BECOMES A HOMEMAKER and VICE VERSA

On Sunday afternoon we had a nice get-together of all our ex-navy friends in Pune. 
Someone asked me what do I do?
I have retired from the Navy, I told him.
Of course I know that, he said, but what do you do now?
Oh, that, I said, I am a homemaker.
Yes, now I am the homemaker and my wife is the breadwinner.
Have a look at this piece I posted sometime back:

ROLE REVERSAL
From BREADWINNER to HOMEMAKER
A True Story
By
VIKRAM KARVE

THEN

Circa 1982
Curzon Road Apartments
Kasturba Gandhi Marg
New Delhi

7:30 AM - A Hot Summer Morning

Our Pet Dog Sherry (Lhasa Apso Girl), my Wife and I get into the lift, go down seven floors, walk to my scooter.

I start my scooter, get on and drive off to work watching Sherry wag her tail and my wife wave me good bye. 

Then my wife takes Sherry for a walk and gambol on the lush green lawns around India Gate nearby. 

I am the Breadwinner and my wife is the Homemaker. 

Except for our canine daughter Sherry, there are no kids at home – we don’t have any “human” kids as yet!

NOW

Circa 2012
Rohan Tarang Apartments
Wakad
Pune

7:30 AM - A Hot Summer Morning

Our Pet Dog Sherry (Doberman X Caravan Hound Girl), my Wife and I get into the lift, go down nine floors, walk to the bus stop at Wakad Chowk on the the main road going from Aundh to the IT Park at Hinjewadi. 

Sherry wags her tail and I wave good bye to my wife as she gets into the bus and goes off to work. 

Then I take Sherry for a walk and gambol on the grounds and fields near the highway or the park on the banks of the river Mula nearby and we run and play while we watch busy people rush to their workplaces in the nearby Infotech park at Hinjewadi in buses, cars and motorcycles. 

Now my wife is the “breadwinner” and I am the “homemaker”. 

Except for our canine daughter Sherry, there are no kids at home – we have two grown up “human” kids who have flown away from our nest to pursue their respective vocations.

The Role Reversal is indeed amazing and amusing.

VIKRAM KARVE 
Copyright © Vikram Karve 2012
Vikram Karve has asserted his right under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 to be identified as the author of this work.
© vikram karve., all rights reserved.

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About Vikram Karve

A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer, blogger and homemaker. Educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and is currently working on his novel and a book of vignettes and short fiction. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories, creative non-fiction articles on a variety of topics including food, travel, philosophy, academics, technology, management, health, pet parenting, teaching stories and self help in magazines and published a large number of professional research papers in journals and edited in-house journals and magazines for many years, before the advent of blogging. Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for almost 15 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing and blogging. Vikram lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.

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