Husband came home jubilantly because he had managed to get a kilogram of onions at half the market price, thanks to Sheila didi.
“Rotten,” said Wife in her characteristic laconic way after opening the precious packet of onions.
“Really?” Husband was agitated. Agitation was his characteristic way. “How could the government sell onions at half the market price? It has to be rotten. No dealer will sell onions at that rate even to the government in these days when governments are dictated to by traders. The question is why the media didn’t pick it up.”
“See this,” said Wife. She showed him the front page report on his favourite newspaper, The Hindu, which said, “Delhiites say Govt selling ‘rotten’ onions”.
No wonder there was no rush for onions today, mused Husband who would not have bought the onions otherwise. But he had to justify himself before Wife.
So he said, “I wonder why the media doesn’t pursue the matter beyond the obvious. For example, where did the government get the onions from? Was it from people who were hoarding it with the malicious purpose of raising its price and then sold it to the government when it started rotting? The big farmers or the wholesale traders made a deal with the government and the government cheated the people. Simple, you see, darling. Cheating is what life is about today. If you don’t cheat, you are a fool. The media just wants to prove that we are fools...”
Wife understood. Her husband was trying his best not to appear a fool before her. She smiled.
PS. Not from personal experience. Inspired by the front page report in The Hindu.