Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Bhabi Don't Play That!

Bhabi is spreading a little early Christmas cheer. I used to love this show (dang near 20 years ago lol) and this is one of my favorite characters. It's called In Living Color and this skit reflects a lot of how I feel this morning. Especially the bit where Homey tells the 'kids' that he's not gonna lower himself below their level. Some of you may be old enough to remember this. It was a landmark show in US history created by the Wayans Brothers. This is where Jim Carrey and David Allen Grier got their big breaks into showbiz. Damon Wayans (Homey) also wound up with a nice career from this show. Enjoy the video, but don't forget to come back and read the latest family drama.


Okay so here's how it goes around here lately and why White Bhabi is done with the childish drama. Well...okay not done, I'm stooping to their level I guess - so unlike Homey hahaha.

I've been enjoying my new geyser since it got installed. Hubby has been enjoying it too. His mom has used it a few times for her dishes. I don't mind sharing at all, this is not about me being selfish I promise. The geyser is installed on a wall, high up enough that I can just reach it. Like, I have to reach for it but not stand on my tip toes. The settings were set by the installer but that was too hot for hubby so I mentally noted where a good heat setting was for him and where mine was and every day after my shower I adjust it back to his settings because his memory isn't that good and I don't want him to burn himself. Him or anyone else. I like my water super hot and I'm quite sure no one else here would appreciate red skin like I do. :D

So I reset the water temperature setting every day after my shower as I'm turning the water and the gas back off. There is no way the switches on the geyser could get bumped. There are 5 switches total, 4 of which I never touch because there is no reason to. Hubby's mother is shorter than me and can't even reach the geyser. A few days ago hubby went down to shower and someone had messed with the settings so bad he couldn't get any hot water at all. He called me down and I checked it. Someone had switched the geyser only to offering cold water. As soon as I flipped that switch it lit up and started working. I said something in a slightly louder than normal tone of voice and hubby took up for his family and started acting like he must have flipped the switch by accident. I let it go, knowing he was full of crap but not wanting to argue.

This morning he again called me down to check it. Now he knows I set it for him every day and he doesn't mess with the geyser itself at all anymore. He couldn't get any hot water again so the first thing I checked was the switch. I flipped it back but it still wasn't working. I checked everything else and he had not turned the gas on all the way so I turned it on. The geyser still didn't turn on. So I looked and someone had cranked the gas usage all the way up to max - very dangerous!! Not only that but all the switches had been messed with. So this time I spoke up loudly about how ridiculous and childish it was for someone to keep messing with the switches and this time they almost messed it up. Luckily I reset all the switches and restarted the geyser and it worked finally. However, there was a very strong smell of gas. So then I loudly indicated how it was stupid to think no one would notice because what they had done could kill the family members. The whole house fell silent (MIL doesn't speak English so she had no idea but Chachi and Uncle ji were both home and they do speak English....would seem to me they needed a minute to think.)

Now I'm not claiming that I know who is doing  this. But I do know for certain that it is not MIL (she can't reach it) and FIL is very thorough when it comes to watching gas and settings. He wouldn't turn up the gas usage on the geyser (it's well marked) because he knows it's dangerous and the installer explained it to him fully. FIL listens to these things and takes them seriously. So I am sure, once again, someone in Uncle ji's family is trying to pull some childish stupidity. And hubby now knows I'm not buying his cover up to keep me from disliking them. I've adopted the family ways and I will raise hell as need be.

Also, in retaliation, I can personally guarantee that Uncle ji nor his children will be getting on my wifi any for the next few days (or more). I've confiscated FIL's netbook that they seem to think is only there for their use these days. I put it away and I won't give it back to them. When FIL comes home I will give it to him and him only. Yep, this is the kind of behavior people in that family like to engage in and I must admit hubby does this sort of thing too. I am in Punjab so I will act as the Punjabi's do (not that everyone in Punjab does this kind of thing but you guys get the idea). Two can play this game and I'm not going to back down. Bhabi don't plat that no more! I've been nice too long and, like Homey, Bhabi will not lower herself so they can assume a superior position and demand tribute.

17 comments:

  1. Well, while I would normally point to him first, he is the laziest person in the house. I'm not sure if he could lift a finger that high to flip a switch - seriously he's that lazy. Since confiscating the internet it hasn't happened again though. ;)

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  2. I'm putting bets on Uncle Ji. He seems to be the type to do such a thing. But would he be so foolish?

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  3. :) 

    o my god ... we r also in the midst of heightening our compound wall ... 

    cant wait to read more of the "tricks for the wayward neighbor"

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  4. <3 Your mom is my hero! <3 Cleanliness and she knows when to put an end to bad behavior. What a woman!

    We also have a neighbor like that but she provides me an outlet to practice my evil eye (in which she backed down a few weeks ago and hasn't bothered me since :D) so I don't fret too much over her. One of our connecting neighbors the family actually had to build 10ft wall on our terrace to keep her meddling out. You're right, I don't understand why people act this way but it's just ridiculous. I could never be that way. I even cry at stupid and fake TV shows when someone is hurting or upset far too often. While I can't call in a big burly family member, I have a few tricks up my sleeve. Can't wait to write about them here!

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  5.  once you accept that for some people, sadistic pleasure is the only concept of pleasure ... you will understand this much better.

    we have a next door neighbor who taught his kids to throws seeds of eaten fruits into our compound and my mom would wonder from where all these mango/jamun/sitaphal/lychee/orange seeds come from (our neighborhood is a very isolated one where not much trespassing happens) ... my mom is one of those cleanliness obsessed person and one speck of disorderliness/dirt drives her crazy. and one day she found out the culprit. we had to think of a creative plan to scare them ... we called in one of our relative who is a high ranking govt bureaucrat and he scared the shit out of their pants about the consequences they wud face, if he were to really start making life hell for them

    now i admit, this was not a solution which made me very happy though their grovelling was a sight to behold,  (that bureaucrat relative is not a favorite person of mine), but it worked. and this intimidation was not just for the seed-throwing behavior, but all accumulated acts over a period of 15 years.

    we/others have tolerated this neighbor for a long time ... they are in general "assholes" ... nobody in the neighborhood likes them ... they (and i mean every member of that family, husband, wife, son and daughters all) are of a very jealous kind ... spy on every member of every house of the neighborhood ... intercept many people on the streets and try to extract some gossipy news about other families ... the lady of that house is forever on her rooftop or balcony looking around at every direction ogling at each of the houses, and trying to talk with all passersby asking all kind of private questions ... in general everybody is majorly pissed off at her prying-ness.

    now we don't talk with them AT ALL ... we have understood that such people should be treated like pests. they will never improve.

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  6. Oh yeah, as soon as I figure out which one of them did it then I will confront them. They lived with gas much longer than I have and should already know how dangerous it can be. I'm enjoying taking the laptop. They seem so lost without it too. >:D Not sure how long I will keep doing it but for now it's bringing me some satisfaction.

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  7. Sounds like they need a visit from Fire Marshall Bill! "Well let me tell ya somethin sonny!"

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  8. I was seething as I read this post. Constantly irritating someone for your small joys in one thing but endangering the lives of an entire family is something else. Seriously, is there anything you can do to get back at the culprit? I'm happy to brainstorm with you.

    And good on you for confiscating the laptop. That's the only language some people understand!

    Gayatri

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  9. You read my mind! I was thinking this would be a great way to keep practicing my private investigation techniques. I was down there checking a few times today as certain people went by it. No one has touched it yet but I'm still watching!

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  10. By the way who all stays with you? Lets investigate and nail down the culprit :-)

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  11. They do happen. I can overlook forgetfulness but this wasn't just forgetting. This was intentional. 4 of those switches didn't even need to be touched and they are clearly marked. So if they wanted hot water, they would not have switched it over to cold water only. Since the geyser stays turned off, if they needed cold water then there was no need to touch the geyser buttons because the water was already cold - just like it has been since installation. And the gas volume would have only made the water much hotter so the settings they set would have been impossible for anyone to need, want or use. And they did it twice now so I'm sure it was childish behavior and not them wanting to use it. It's common knowledge in the house that the geyser is set for their benefit should they decide they want to use it. I always put it on their settings so no one burns themselves by having the water too hot. I adjust it for myself before I use it and put it back when I'm done.

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  12. Thats good..We should stand up for ourselves now..I too have been a victim of these kinda mishaps so many times..Someone forgets to switch off the motor,that wud be me.The pipe leaks too much,that wud be me..Oh pls...

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  13. Lol, yeah I know ppl all over the world do this kind of thing, I just see it more often now that I live in a joint family I guess. I just always thought I was above this kind of behavior before...now I know I'm not hahaha. Oh well.

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  14. Yeah I don't get it. I don't get half of the stupid crap they try to pull really. I pretty much keep to myself and stay out of everyone's way. I have my own life and I don't interact with them much. I'm not sure if they are after me or Rohit with this one but either way it's ridiculous. They could use the geyser if they wanted to, I have no problem with it but that doesn't mean they have to try to sabotage it for everyone else. It's just childish...but I can play that way if they want. Today nephew is out of school and he has to find a way to entertain himself without the internet. I don't feel bad about it one bit either. Serves them right. Let them suffer.

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  15. OMG I cannot how incredibly stupid whoever messed up with the geiser is! Good for starting to show a little teeth, I mean seriously what do they have to gain messing up the settings? They aren't using it anyway right?

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  16. ha ha .. sounds like most families i know

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