Home  -  Back Issues  -  The Team  -  Contact Us
     Volume 4 Issue 54 | July 15, 2005 |

   Cover Story
   News Notes
   Food For Thought
   Time Out
   Dhaka Diary
   Book Review
   New Flicks
   Write to Mita

   SWM Home


The Orang-utan and his Violin


For all you guys and gals, who imagine there is happiness somewhere else, take this one into consideration from an anonymous quoted on the net: 'Every man should get married some time; after all, happiness is not the only thing in life. It can leave you confused but then life is confusing, especially if you are in the process of ageing. The wise shall ask, 'Who is not?'
Does that mean old is gold no more? Without bothering to answer that one it may be wiser to choose your spouse based on his profession. Or you could simply rely on Agatha Christie who said, 'An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have; the older she gets the more interested he is in her.' In fact, many from other professions have excelled in archaeology later in life, for fear of their life to be more precise.
Without going into all this fuss, some have remained single. People have envied them, tried to coax them into marriage. In fact, there has always been a demand for heavily taxing bachelors, as Oscar Wilde puts it, 'It is not fair that some men should be happier than others.' Are they really?
One may also wonder whether the bachelors are being deprived of knowing the other half of the world. Are they doomed to darkness? Not so, says H. L. Mencken. He contends, 'Bachelors know more about women than married men; if they didn't, they'd be married too.'
Some even make the gross mistake of marrying the 'soshur'. Thukku, the girl of a rich Dad. But the Scots have a very sound advise in this regard, 'Don't marry for money; you can borrow it cheaper.'
Does that mean there is fear at home, too? People shall ultimately give up going out for fear of terrorist attacks. But a brave son of this terra firma, Sam Kinison insists, 'I don't worry about terrorism. I was married for two years.'
So who is having all the fun, the husband, the wife or the singleton? Mencken, he must have been a bachelor, is of the view that 'Men have a better time than women; for one thing, they marry later, for another thing, they die earlier.'
What is marriage then? It is a heavenly union between souls, some say. Others may compare it with a boiling cauldron from which both are trying to get out, but the cauldron is too deep. Others take a more serious view of the matter and conclude, 'Marriage is a three ring circus: engagement ring, wedding ring, and suffering'.
So, how is married life? Here are a few samplers from different people's life:
Someone asked his wife, "Where do you want to go for our anniversary?" She said, "Somewhere I have never been!" He told her, "How about the kitchen?" In a similar situation she told him, "How about home at 6PM?'
If your dog is barking at the back door and your wife is yelling at the front door, who do you let in first? The Dog of course...at least he'll shut up after you let him in! The reverse is also true.
A man narrated thus, "My wife had her credit card stolen". His worried friend queried, "Did you report it?" The husband replied, "No, because the thief is spending less than my wife did!"
I may have used something similar to the following piece some time earlier, but it's a classic and deserves to be repeated.
A man placed some flowers on the grave of his dearly departed mother and started back toward his car when his attention was diverted to another man kneeling at a grave.
The man seemed to be praying with profound intensity and kept repeating, "Why did you have to die? Why did you have to die?"
The first man approached him and said, "Sir, I don't wish to interfere with your private grief, but this demonstration of pain is more than I've ever seen before. For whom do you mourn so deeply? A child? A parent?"
The mourner took a moment to collect himself, and then replied, "No, my wife's first husband."
Remember, love is blind but marriage is an eye-opener. And don't complain about what you see. Remember, too that the eyes of your partner have also been opened.
Being a little soft for the ladies, I shall let them have the last laugh. French writer Honoré de Balzac (1799 - 1850) reminds us, 'The majority of husbands remind me of an orang-utan trying to play the violin.'

Note: All the quotes have been taken from the net.

Copyright (R) thedailystar.net 2005