‘Hii, happy IMD,’ my girlfriend bubbled over the phone. It was a Saturday Morning, calm and peaceful and lazy. The way the Saturday Mornings should be. I was out late last night on a team’s outing and had returned late. So, all the more reason to shut out all the disturbance and sleep late into the day. The fine scotch had gelled well with the peaceful surroundings of Lonavala last night where we had the outing. So you can imagine the anguish and pain I must have felt when I finally picked up the phone and said hiiiii as if I was waiting for her call.
‘Baby it is not IMD, it is IMDB,’ I said referring to the movie rating website which I’d recently asked her to refer before making plans for movies. Her taste in movie sucked, and I thought maybe an external referral would make her at least pretend to like the good movies. That’s what I thought she was saying, that she is happy to learn about IMDB. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
‘No baby, it’s IMD, International Men’s Day,’ she chuckled.
Now that was interesting, there are all kinds of days celebrated. Apart from Valentine’s day and Women’s day which we all know of, there is health day, go for a ride day, mickey mouse day and even a Fibonacci day dedicated to a sequence I learned in school. But Men’s day! Who got time for Men? It got me interested.
‘Men’s day?’ I asked, ‘Baby you sure got it right? Isn’t this also some whatsapp forwarded message you believed to be true. Remember last time you almost tore the Rs 2000 note believing to find a nano-chip in it. And also how you took me to the Apple’s store for you got a message that they are offering free phones at their 1000th center. Check again sweetheart.’
There was a brief pause. I could sense I’ve pinched the wrong nerve. She continued talking.
‘Ok, First thing it was not only me who thought the apple news was true. There were so many others at the store. So you can’t put it on me. Then about that note. They should definitely have a nano chip. If not, what’s the point of doing this all? Now, you listen to me. First I woke up to wish you and you are pulling my leg. Check the internet.’
She was right, I was checking the internet and there is, in fact, a day like this. International Men’s day.
‘Thanks a lot, dear,’ I said.
Well somebody had to take notice on the plight of the modern men. And designate an International Men’s day.
Especially those who have girlfriends. For it is us who needs some support. Some help to deal with so many issues in our lives. Suddenly I felt respect for Rhea, she called me all right, on the Sat Morning. I imagined her pretty face and a smile spread across my face
‘Yayyy,’ she chuckled. ‘Now I have the full day planned out. Get ready in 30 minutes, I’m coming over.’
Hearing this I felt a shock and the face disappeared. I almost stammered saying, ‘Baby, but I want to rest today. I’m tired.’
‘Don’t be lazy pants. I’m coming over. Then we’ll celebrate the day together. Shopping, movie, lunch, drive. It’s going to be so much fun.’
She kept on saying something for the next two minutes. I don’t know what for I’d stopped listening. When she makes plans like this, nothing can stop her. The day was gone. The idea of sleep was gone. The peace that I’d felt was gone.
Now how do I tell her that a good day at home watching a football match and an episode of breaking bad is what guys want? Legs stretched out on the table, body sunk back on the couch is what we want. You want to make us more happy get us a cold beer and a packet of crackers. That’s how we want to celebrate Men’s day. That’s how we are happy.