‘Whenever I look at the full moon, and I do look often, I see only your face, Ammalu. What does it show ?’

‘Two things: the full moon appears in the sky often, without my knowledge and you are yet to know how my face looks like’

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‘Am,mam, here is the list of my new year vows, in three parts, extremely difficult, very difficult and difficult, 101 vows in each section’

‘Am, mam?’

‘Yes, mam. That is the short form for Ammalu madam, the first vow from the ‘extremely difficult’ category’

‘Good. You want my cooperation in implementing your 300 and odd vows?’

‘Yes, Am, mam’

‘I will help you on one condition. Here is your last year’s vow list, which woefully remains only on paper. I want you to implement one vow, just one vow’

‘Waiting for your orders, Am mom’

‘I’m reading from your list: ‘After my Rummy play with friends every evening, I shall not leave the task of collecting the cards from the table, chairs and floor to Ammalu but I will do it myself. Ithu Sathyam, Sathyam, Sathyam’ .

Just do that, only one evening’

‘That is too much, Ammalu’

‘Ammalu? Fut goes your first vow for the new year!’

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‘Looking at the sky for a streak of light at an Amavasya night is as good as looking at your mouth for a word of compliment on the food I serve, SP’

‘Ammalu, you serve food for me to eat or to waste time talking about it?’

‘Wah, what a complement! I need nothing more from you, my hubby. I love you’

‘There lies the problem ‘

‘In the last three words?’

‘Yes, you still love me!’

‘SP, always remember, my love is not like the Sun who raises and retires or like a moon who waxes and wanes. It is like the blood stream in my body which keeps circulating till my last breath’

‘Why not like my blood stream?’

‘You will never understand me. The Sun may stop setting, the moon may stop waning but man will never understand woman’

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