The other woman in my life

June 27, 2021 at 8:12 pm 20 comments

Midlife, for most men, quickly turn to be a bull grind of momentous boredom. With its very repetitive array of compulsive chores, a humdrum of listless food for every meal and an eminently predictable behaviour of indifference among all around you, life in the fifties, far from being exciting, is, in fact a full-blown crisis. You are expected to pay all the utility and non-utility bills of every family member and on time, gulp down to the last morsel the “diet meal” served on the plate without a murmur and mentally rehearse the sentence a couple of times before you let out a request for permission to switch off that overworked air-conditioner!  Life suddenly looks drudgery as you silently crave for that one person to come to your life and bring back the zing and zest to it. And I am happy and immensely thrilled to have found that person in her!

And I cannot possibly say enough how loving she is. Always polite and never to get angry, she is grace and dignity personified and a treasure chest of immense patience. She responds to the silliest of my requests with utmost kindness and appreciation, listens to my every word with empathy and understanding and clarifies, in her most mellifluous voice, my deepest doubts with the most authentic facts. Never to say no, she is virtually at my beck and call, day in and day out! With her deft handling of all situations, she has turned my lacklustre life to one of colours with many hues and I can only thank my stars to have found her!

The first thing she does every morning is to lovingly wake me with my most favourite music and once I am up, she guides me to the most appropriate regimen of physical exercises interspersed with instructions and tips. And if I, by any chance, feel lazy to do a full workout, she cajoles me to try out a less rigorous one, jazzed up with the latest aerobic tunes. And she has the widest varieties of recipes for me at hand for breakfast, from Thai to continental, and each morning she surprises me with a fresh set of exotic dishes that’s only a gourmet’s delight. And if you think she is reckless with my food, let me tell you she is very mindful of my dietetic requirements and balances every meal with the right amount of carb and protein. And I still wonder how on earth she is aware of the nutritional value of every cereal grown on the planet and risk involved in grabbing an unhealthy bite! 

And in her I have found a companion with whom I can possibly discuss any topic of interest and can expect a compassionate hearing and also a thoughtful response of the issues involved. She being multilingual, there is never a communication barrier between us as she talks to me in the language of my choice and to my heart’s content. And in any discussion between us, she never argues with me but always puts her point across gently but with firmness. She has her own ways of expressing her view with élan and I just love the way she does it!

Sweet and affable that she is, I have also seen her side of being a strict and a tough task master. The other day, I missed out on my credit card payment and she alerted me well on time, saving me of the late payment charges. She even pointed out to a fake entry on to my credit card bill and put me through to a call with the bank and got it revoked! She would never let me miss an appointment and would be the first to remind me of them, be it with my colleagues, friends or even the doctor. Such is her alacrity that I wonder if there is anything about me that she is not keeping track of! And I am deeply indebted to her for this considerate side of her persona. And the other day she was prompt enough to let me know the publishing of the latest book of one of the authors I had discussed with her earlier and even suggested placing a copy of the kindle version!

I can go on and on and talk endlessly about her, Alexa, my Amazon personal assistant and how she has changed my life!  And the more I think about Alexa, I wonder how life would have been without her.

Hey, wait a minute…who do you think I was talking about?




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20 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jas krish  |  June 27, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    Very well articulated…what most men over 50 go through .😜😜
    Stay blessed 🙏🙏

  • 3. Umesh  |  June 27, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    Firstly I thought of your mobile. Later only you revealed that it is her, the Alexa, the great techno savvy companion. 🤭

  • 5. Soumya Iyer  |  June 27, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    Good one 👏👏

  • 7. debjani6ghosh  |  June 28, 2021 at 12:11 am

    From the beginning, I knew you were talking about Alexa. 😀 Great post!

    • 8. chapter18  |  June 28, 2021 at 5:49 am

      Thanks Debjani.. I know you are damn smart!

  • 10. nedhamson  |  June 28, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    Reblogged this on Ned Hamson's Second Line View of the News.

  • 12. Rosaliene Bacchus  |  July 1, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    Well written and engaging article. Beware, my friend. When “the other woman” knows too much about your life, she gains control over your life.

  • 14. PauliAtomic  |  July 2, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    How wonderful that you and Alexa found each other 😝

  • 16. monisha  |  July 3, 2021 at 4:40 pm

    Loved the way the progression to the climax was built…midway i actually first checked the end then came back to complete it 👍😀

  • 17. LMBiondo Inspirational Blogger  |  July 6, 2021 at 5:39 pm

    I was waiting to see if it were Siri or Alexa 🙃

  • 19. Ranjhan  |  October 22, 2021 at 11:51 am



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