The wife was saying this morning: "Let us all go to Sharjah, you can watch cricket and find fault with Kapil Dev, the children can have a holiday and I can do some shopping."
I said: â€śSharjah is hardly a place to go to with the children for a holiday. What is there to do except to see Arabs and you can do that at President Hotel also,â€ť
The wife said: â€śThe children will love Sharjah. All children love Sharjah. If you donâ€™t want to take them on a holiday, say so, donâ€™t say the children will not like Sharjah.â€ť
â€śOf course, I want to take the children on a holiday. But I think they would like to go to Mahableshwar or Matheran, not Sharjah,â€ť I said.
The wife said: â€śAlways you want to do it cheap, not take your children anywhere abroad, only in India. How will they ever broaden their mind!â€ť
I said: â€śI donâ€™t think any child can broaden its mind by going to Sharjah. You can make money there, yes, you can make Rs. 18,000 a month as an ordinary reporter, but not broaden your mind.â€ť
The wife said: â€śWhy should you complain! You can watch your cricket there. All the best teams in the world are playing including your own world champions. And, in the eveings, you can discuss cricket with Sheikh Bukhatir.â€™
â€śFirst of all, I donâ€™t like to watch cricket in Sharjah, I donâ€™t think it is real cricket,â€ť I said. â€śand Sheikh Bukhatir has no time to discuss cricket with every Indian who goes there on a package tour. Not that I would want to discuss cricket with him.â€ť
The wife said: â€śIf you donâ€™t want to discuss cricket with Bukhatir, you can come shopping with me. I am told it is a shopperâ€™s paradise, just like Hong Kong.â€ť
â€śIf you think I am going to waste my time going shopping, you are mistaken,â€ť I said. â€śAnd it is not a shopperâ€™s paradise any more. They say that all you get there, you can get in Mota Market here and probably at a cheaper price.â€ť
The wife said: â€śYou have an explanation for everything. When I want to buy something at Mota Market, you say it is all fake and expensive. And now, when theses travel agents have arranged these convenient tourse for us to watch cricket and do shopping, you say every thing is available here and cricket is no good over there and Bukhatir cannot discuss cricket and the children will not like the place for a holiday.â€ť
â€śI am not saying anything of the sort,â€ť I said. â€śI am just saying that nobody goes to Sharjah or any of these places to spend money. They go there to earn money. And I am not interested in earning that kind of money. I am happier earning my Rs. 2,400 here.â€ť
The wife said: â€śIt is a good thing your Gavaskar and Javed Miandad donâ€™t think like that.â€ť