Bonita and Matilda. As different as chalk and cheese. One was an owl; the other an early rising star. One was meticulous and disciplined; the other impromptu and disorderly. One loved the outdoors and other indoors. One was as soft as butter and the other as hard as diamond.

It was a wonder then that they had a steady live in relationship for almost a decade. May be, it was the ‘law of opposites’ that was at work!

However, there was a streak of discord since mid June. Every alternate day, rather at night, they had heated arguments. It was normal going by the history. What wasn’t normal was that with every passing day the debate became hotter and acquired bigger dimension. There was no sign of truce.

Bonita asked Matilda for a walk in the garden one evening. She agreed.

“Cant sleep well at night. Your bellowing, yelling, and rants are keeping entire neighbourhood awake”, stated Bonita with whiff of complaint.

“Oh, that’s cheering and rooting for my team and not what you implicated”, said Matilda sternly.

“Whatever. But I am not able to sleep. Next day, I get up heavy headed”

“Its just the matter for few more days, Bo”

“Nope. Its going to end on July 15th  Mat. Its month long…30 days! I know it well. I cant hang on so long. Enough of testing my patience”

“Bo… its FIFA! Once in four years” Mat tried to reason

“That’s not my problem Mat. Its my basic right to have good night’s sleep”

“I have right to watch my favourite game too, Bo”

“But that’s at night. Unearthly hours!”

“I cant ask FIFA to change the timings because my darling Bo cant sleep” came the caustic remark from Mat.

“We live in studio and not in a palatial bungalow Mat. I hope you live in real world”, said Bo firmly.


“So, we need to find the way out”

“Agreed. But 50 – 50”

“50-50? What’s that Mat?”

“I let go of some of my freedom and you have to let me enjoy my liberty in rest of things, sweet heart”

“Fine. Shoot”

“I will continue to watch the matches”

“You can. Only if you turn off the lights and don’t rant”

“I cant control my expressions when the game picks up the pace, Bo”

“That’s not fair. Where is 50-50 then?” questioned Bo with much of bitterness in her voice.

“Let me complete Bo. You always interrupt my flow”

“As if”

“Listen honey, I will turn off the lights and the volume of TV. I will buy blindfolds too for you. Is that a ‘just proposal’ now?” checked Mat in assuring tone.

Lesser of two evils”, opined Bo.

“What does that mean? You agree or don’t. Come clear, Bo”

“Deal. But only till 15th July”, warned Bo.

Peace prevailed without any one getting yellow or red (cards?). Scores were settled. Bonita and Matilda returned home hand in hand.

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Anshu Bhojnagarwala · July 5, 2018 at 2:48 pm

Why does it feel like a personal story that’s presently being repeated in many households. 🙂

    Anagha Yatin · July 5, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    True that! Bonita and Matilda are next door neighbours, you know…
    Hahaha joking!
    Thanks dear for visiting.

Sonia Chatterjee · July 5, 2018 at 3:49 pm

A lot of households including mine are hit by the FIFA fever right now and your post just brought back the endless arguments related to sound and lights. Loved the story and the way you sprinkled humor in layers.

    Anagha Yatin · July 5, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    Thanks Sonia

Akshata Ram · July 5, 2018 at 4:52 pm

Hahah this must be a conversation in many households these days

Varad · July 5, 2018 at 11:30 pm

That was a surprisingly wicked romantic tale, Anagha. Loved it.

Sachin Baikar · July 6, 2018 at 7:39 am

Very well written story ? Anagha.
It was a nice read. Thanks for sharing ?

    Anagha Yatin · July 6, 2018 at 10:35 am

    Thanks Sachin for encouraging words. It really means a lot!

jaya1966 · July 6, 2018 at 11:41 am

I am not exactly a football fan. But I do keep track of FIFA. The excitement among the youngsters in my office is palpable. In Kerala, as in Bengal I find a lot of football fans. So the fever has caught on to me too. I watch the matches on TV sometimes. Nice light-hearted post.

Here is my #barathon 3rd post.

Mayuri Nidigallu · July 6, 2018 at 5:57 pm

Hahahahah! A story every wife of a sports loving husband will identify with.
We had the same argument many years ago. Till i decided to give up. Now I stay up with Husband and watch the games:)))

    Anagha Yatin · July 6, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    Hehehe…sometimes changing over the side is a better option. Thanks Mayuri for visiting and sharing the slice of your life!

Hassan Hero · July 18, 2018 at 2:37 pm

if u like football them maybe you will like this post also …

    Anagha Yatin · July 19, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    Thanks Hasan. Will check the best moments soon. Thanks for sharing.

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