This was a social get together, a function where families came together and interacted socially. Amidst loud ringing laughter and camaraderie, the men and women quickly segregated into their smaller groups. The children meanwhile found their own things to do, the younger ones began running all over the place while the older ones just hung around in groups casting a suspicious eye over their extra jovial parents.
While the women gathered to discuss weather, politics, traffic woes and the latest gadgets, the men had their set of topics to discuss.
Man A: Hey, your blue stripes T-Shirt looks so cool. *reaching out and fingering the fabric* It is such a nice change from the red and yellow stripes Tees that you wear.
Man B: Glad you noticed. I actually got it from Sullen Dolly (a top brand) recently. *in a haughty demeanor* They have some great prints too. You should check out their collection.
Man A: Oh, I certainly will. That staid-done-to-death belt goes so well with your khaki shorts.
Man B: Thanks! I like your animal prints shorts too. I especially like how it discreetly covers the paunch effortlessly. *all smiles* Your skull ring is so classy. What is it platinum?
Man A: No chrome and steel. I got it custom crafted at We Know Men! It goes really well with my macho bracelet. *flashes it around to widening eyes*
Man C has joined them. Pleasantries exchanged all around.
Man B: Wow Man C! What have you done to your hair? Those copper highlights are so cool. Did you also get hair weaving done?* Stepping closer pokes a finger at his hairline*
Man C: Hush! That clinic at JP Nagar is just so great and discreet too. I heard they did hair weaving for some cricketer as well. *Exciting conversation ensues where each one shares celebrity gossip and also about the men absent*
Man D walks in. Airkissing all around
Man A: Man D, you have lost so much weight. *Excessive gushing follows. Each outdoing the other to make the compliment seem bigger* How much weight did you lose? You can give SRK/Ranveer Singh/Ranbir a run for their money. Ooh, the lady killer has arrived! *wink*
Man D: No gym, baba. The stupid maid has been missing for almost two weeks. All the housework has been toning my abs. The wife is also happier. They glance in the direction of his plump, perfectly-at-ease-in-her-own-skin wife who gives them all wide smiles and goes back to her serious conversation about how the state of Indian economy was still down in the dumps.
Man A: *Interjects with his failed diet experiments* Oh, I tried this watermelon all day long diet for 5 days. I almost killed myself. These days I am completely off carbs. Bla blab la bla la la la la I also joined this new gym – Beefcake. The instructor is so hot! *Loud giggles*
Man B: *admiration pouring out from his eyes, quickly takes out his mobile phone* Takes down gym number.
Man C: I learned a new recipe.
Man B: *cuts in miserably* Don’t talk about cooking. I abhor it. My children are such fussy eaters. Anything I make is not good enough for them. *sulks*
Everyone chips in with suggestions and lots of useless advice with comforting sound effects.
Wife C glances at them and tells them that most of the people are already done with dinner. They’d better hurry.
Man C: Sure, honey. Come on guys. Let us all take some pictures before we eat our food.
All of them gather together adjusting their clothes and moistening their lips to take a few pictures while putting forth their best duck faces.
Man D is a great photographer. Everyone wishes to be clicked by him. He takes a few more individual shots of each one which must look completely unposed for as per the brief of his buddies.
They giggle some more and carefully polish off their dinner. Some children have already slept off. The wives are gesturing to them to hurry on.
Finally they leave.
Man D: I will upload the pics on FB as soon as I get home. Don’t worry I will only put up the good ones where all of you are looking hunky. *he added generously*
Thus wound up this truly happening social event.
And then we say that most women are only judged by their looks.
Feels ridiculous, right? If women want to be appreciated for their intellect, wisdom and other qualities, then perhaps it is time that they made a beginning with their own behavior.
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