‘Ammalu, your mother is most welcome to stay here and have the pleasure of my company. After all she is your mother, a rich and respectable lady’.

‘She says that the present arrangement works well. In the evenings you call on her, enjoy her snacks and coffee and return with some cash collected from her kitchen dabbas. She adds, ‘ let him tack cash for buying pan, arecanut or whatever he wants to, on his way back home, but spare me from his lectures on electrical engineering’