Monday, September 22, 2008

On asserting Parental Authority

I've been living it up a bit over the last week, flitting in and out of dinners and consuming calories far in excess of licensed capacity. Several of those calories were in the form of beverages from Scotland, which always wakes up the beast in the missus. Consequently, I have been hauled by the scruff of my neck to the gym, from which I was merrily playing hookey on the grounds of too much work. "You shouldn't drink" said the missus at a typical Shenoy breakfast conference. "You tend to talk nonsense". I looked at my sons. They reviewed this comment and posted dissenting judgments. Vyaas, the elder one, usually sides with the ruling junta, unless bribed.

"Yes, Annie. The other day you told everyone that John Abraham joke thrice."

"They laughed all three times", I protested.

"That's because all of you were sloshed" said Sheela, keenly observant as ever.

"Hey, give us a break. We're meeting after like ten years. "

"You have so many old friends you're always meeting someone after like ten years at any given point of time."

I was rapidly losing ground and needed support. I looked at Gautham hopefully.

"Mom, that's not true". The lad was standing by me!

"What's not true?" asked Sheela.

"That Annie talks nonsense when he's had drinks."

" Yeah?" said Sheela, with a hint of menance in her voice. She doesn't appreciate my dragging in the progeny into these conferences. Something about losing parental authority. I care two hoots, frankly. All sensible boys know that their father is a doofus.

"Annie talks nonsense even when he's not had drinks", Gautham completed his sentence.

And scooted before I could clout him a richly deserved one. These kids, I tell you! Maybe it's time to do something about that parental authority bit. But what?......

17 comments:

Vivek said...

heh heh
The Bribe effect works here too. Just that my dad gives me a lot of room.:-)
Too late for the assertion of authority.
:-)

sthitapragnya said...

My dad's always asserted his authority on us brothers, may be you should talk to him about mastering the art! In all probability, I'll turn out to be like you on this assertion issue, if I have kids!

Idling in Top Gear said...

LOL. The kids are outdoing their dad. I think they should guest blog on your site. :)

gradwolf said...

like father, like son.

Cynic in Wonderland said...

Sense is vastly overrated i say.

Prats said...

lol!!! The sonny boy sure knows how to make his stand....
and oh yes!! wives see through scotland,gandhi and all kinds of jokes...so beware

Suman Srivastava said...

Change the beverages from Scotland to the beverages from France. Low on calories. High on fun. Higher on snob value. Try it.


Cheers

chutneycase said...

Blood is thicker than water :)

Neon said...

"The other day you told everyone that John Abraham joke thrice."

4th time's the charm, what is this John Abraham joke?

Wicked :D said...

Thats precisely the question. If a quick one would help me appreciate the joke better I shall do the needfull.

Sheela said...

Hello everybody. I just read this post. I don't have much to add other than the full transcript of the aforementioned joke. Here it is

Naren: You know, my chest is sexier than John Abraham's. Know why?

Naren's Friends :Why? Why? Why?

Naren: Because my chest is hairy!

Naren's friends : HaHaHaHaHaHa..(some ten minutes)

Had I not been worried about breaking my toe-nail, I would have kicked him in the glutes.

RN said...

u r a funny hoot man! damn! i laughed so hard i can feel lunch come out....

as a new dad I can relate to Homer Simpson, and suddenly i feel i am not alone :D

Priyank said...

Oh god, Sheela's comments make this story complete :) I love drunk jokes!

Wicked :D said...

@sheela: He he he! C'mon Naren can come up with something better. And the same joke thrice. Wow!

Anonymous said...

In narenji's defense, that joke is wicked funny when one is drunk. Hell, anything is wicked funny when you're drunk.

-chutney

narendra shenoy said...

@chutney (sniff) Thanks for standing by me. As every celebrity knows, actions look different when taken out of context.

On a completely different note, I do believe that my chest is sexier than John Abraham's. It's just slipped a bit, as Obelix would say.

Rukmani Ram said...

i agree with cynic in wonderland about sense being over rated.

and as for parental authority, you will lose it someday anyway. so why not now?