Red Chillies

Tell Me the Truth

Stan Ageira  

Aug 27, 2012

“I have a question. Tell me the truth.”

“I always speak truth.”

“Oh my God. Your lies are endless. Since the day of our wedding, you have been lying to me. At least once can you admit the truth?”

“What’s in your mind?”

“The custom of newlywed couple going for honeymoon is followed all over the world. However, we stayed away from such holiday and there by deprived ourselves the much desired quality time of knowing each other.”

“Why do you raise this query after 26 years of married life?” 

“I want to know.”

“I was running short of funds.”

“I remember, you didn’t bother while spending at lavish scale for the wedding….”

“I was broke by the end of it.”

“You are lying.”

“Shall we go for honeymoon now?”

“What’s the point? The kids are grown up. It makes no sense. Perhaps you must have had your share of honeymoon before our wedding.”

  ***   ***   ***

“Please don’t hide anything from me. Do you understand?”

“I have nothing to hide.”

“You are a devil in disguise.”

“You have such low opinion of me.”

“The image is a reflection of your behavioral pattern. Can you tell me the truth?”

“How can I tell truth without knowing the subject?”

“Whenever I visit my Mom’s place you advice me to stay longer. Could I know the reason?”

“That is to provide a break from the stress of household chores.”

“Who enjoys the break? You or me?”

“No question of break in your absence. It is beyond my capacity to handle both office and domestic tasks. It’s nightmare.”

“And I am enraged no end by your lies…..You are an opportunity seeker. I am sure you have ultra motives. That is why you encourage me to extend my stay at Mom’s house. Look at your face. Why are you smiling like that? It makes me awfully suspicious.”

  ***   ***   ***

“I am looking for an answer.”

“What’s in your mind?”

“Tell me the truth.”

‘When did I lie?”

“Lies are sitting on tip of your tongue.  Thank God, the kids refrain from following your footsteps. They are groomed in my control.”

“Can you please cut it short? I am in the midst of some important work.”

“You are self centered. Your interest is always focused on your work, friends and hobbies. You think its big deal by taking care of financial needs of the family.  You struggle to maintain a sense of compassion and understanding towards your family. Our feelings and point of views are constantly ignored. You remain silent, refuse to talk and disregard my views when I try to communicate… By the way you have not answered my question.”

“Did you ask any question?”

“Tell me the truth…. How many drinks did you have at last night party? Your driving was unstable. You were stumbling in your strides.”

“My drinking is casual, matter of fact a weekend drinker. Last night was a blast. I had great time with my friends. As I remember, I piled up my plate at the buffet after couple of shots.” 

“You are lying. These are warning signs of alcoholism. Your intake is crossing the lines of moderate drinking. Lying and hiding your drinking habit means, you are potentially in dangerous territory… That is not all. Your indecent dance with your office colleague’s wife gave an idea about your low values.”

  ***   ***   ***

“You have to promise that you would tell the truth.”

“Do I tell lies?”

“You are a chronic liar. At least once can you tell the truth?”

‘What’s cooking in your mind?”

“You travel a lot to Europe, Far East and Asian countries on company’s business. Do you spend time with women?”

“What do you mean? I can not stop the ladies at business meetings.”

“I mean other than meetings, perhaps in hotel rooms….”

“You are accusing me on charges of adultery. Shame on you….”

“Your office colleague’s wife spilled the beans. She says many business executives hire escort girls after business hours.”

“Her wicked husband must have ventured into such pleasures. I remember quite some time back once in Thailand I visited a spa for a customary massage. That was traditional and non-sexual Thai massage. First time, never before and never after.”

“I know you are no saint and a kind of compulsive liar. Did you ever disclose your premarital affairs?  No, you prefer to keep me in dark. In contrast, your wicked colleague is much better. Good or bad, he divulges all his secrets to his wife.”

“Do you expect from me to make you known something that’s unknown for me?”

“I can not trust you. You are a born liar.”

  ***   ***   ***

“Can I ask a question?”

“You can.”

“Would you tell me the truth?”

“Why should I lie?”

“Do you visit hardcore pornography sites on the net?”

“No….Never.”

“You are biggest liar in this universe. I have checked web history in your laptop. That shows an account of watching filthy films through You Tube.”

“You Tube is not a pornographic website.”

“You can not trick me. You Tube contains explicit stuff.”

“How do you know?”

“I have seen.”

“Oh…. Anyway, occasionally I receive the forwarded emails from trustworthy sources and end up in watching such stuff while clicking the link. It is just fun among the friends and I must say it is soft porn. This is not something regular. By and large I would not prefer to squander my precious time on such matter.”

“Your heavy breathing suggests you are flushed with embarrassment. Your deceit and dishonesty is proved beyond doubt. It is adultery if you are looking for pleasures beyond the boundaries of marriage. You are untrustworthy. Perhaps you are wasting the valuable time of your office in netsurfing and chatting with so-called lonely girls.”

“Come on… I chat only with my business associates.”

“How do I know? You are disloyal. This indicates obsessive-compulsive disorder syndrome. The behavioral abnormality and addiction confirms you are a sex maniac. I have lost faith in you.”

***   ***   ***

“Will you tell me the truth?”

“How can I tell truth? You claim it as lie.”

“Your lies have made me to lose faith in you.”

“Then what’s the point in insisting on truth?”

“Being your wife, I have right to know the truth. I know you have good fighting skills and I am just too tired to fight…. You look downcast and depressed from last couple of days. I sense some sinful indulgence that is pricking your conscience. Tell me the truth.”

“Sinful indulgence? Listen to this…. I have been going through shortness of breath for quite some time. Yesterday night, while going to bed I was down with fatigue and lack of energy. Sometime in the morning, I experienced discomfort in upper part of stomach, back, chest, arms, neck and jaw. You were in kitchen by then. I woke up with some kind of nausea and cold sweat. Yes, I visited the doctor on my way to office. He suspected a mild heart attack. The doctor has prescribed medication, also has advised further tests and treatment. Nothing to worry.”

“……………”

“Why are you not talking?”

“What to say? You must be lying. If it is true, God has alerted you. This is your best chance to mend your ways and transform from sinful life. You have to change and become a better person. Perhaps spend more time in prayers like me.”

“………….”

“One more very important point. I have absolutely no knowledge about your number of bank accounts and the money that you hold in these accounts. You must tell me the truth. It is time up to convert them into joint accounts.  All property documents are in your name. I suggest you should immediately make your Last Will. Please be truthful to your wife.”


Comment on this article

  • Perina, Dharwad

    Wed, Apr 10 2013

    hey...gud one..

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  • George, Mangalore

    Sat, Sep 8 2012

    This is so absolutely true !!!

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  • Denis Lasrado, Shirva

    Tue, Sep 4 2012

    Dear Stany,
    You are best story writer. I always read your Konkani stories, the best one is "Garage".

    Agree [4]

  • Richie John Pais, Mangalore

    Sat, Sep 1 2012

    Very Good story Stan as always from you.I really enjoyed it.

    Agree [2]

  • paul d`souza, balakunje

    Fri, Aug 31 2012

    Where all our hindu friends experiences...? Standing behind & watching...as usual......? We are happy to read & share every ones bitter comments & experiences too. we all one. god bless you.

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  • Michelle, France

    Fri, Aug 31 2012

    Stanly Mulki, Frankly you got reward for your hard work for all ur literatue of past for an average story if i compare your other stories. Doubting women is moushi and we live in aunty era all women change. I pity you unless its a story

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  • george menezes, farangipet/dubai

    Thu, Aug 30 2012

    Good one...well written mr,stan ageira..very good time pass.

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  • Gladys, Urva

    Thu, Aug 30 2012

    All the men agreeing to the above rubbish...place your mother in the role of the lady and then have a good laugh!!!!

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  • Max, Mangalore

    Thu, Aug 30 2012

    Stan....how many houses you peeked into.....before inking this converstation?

    Very interesting

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  • Samantha Lewis, Cincinati/USA

    Wed, Aug 29 2012

    Sir Paul all respect to you sir, by your comment itself it gives a debate whether you are right or she. Though i am not the best judge a simple though "dont wash your linen in public"

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  • Redrose, Mlore/Kuwait

    Wed, Aug 29 2012

    After 35 years of marriage husband says:
    Who taught you driving? Should hit the teacher with a shoe.(Poor old man must have died few years back). Why can't you park the car properly? (This is the way I park. Tuff luck. I am not taking your space). Atleast now you try to improve. I know you can never improve. (Why can't you change your attitude and allow people to do what they want) You are very messy. Your mother did not teach you to keep things back in the place. (I find my things the way I keep.) You are very disorganised. (what is your problem? You be organised).Why don't you cook authentic Mangalorean dishes? There is less salt and more tamarind.( Why can't you try some of the dishes yourself and make it authentic).
    Nothing good in you. (These are your thoughts my friend your troubled childhood).
    Ending the story: Stop criticising. Instead look for things/actions to appreciate. Live and Let others Live. We can not change/control others but we can change/control ourselves.
    Say the "Serenity prayer" everyday.
    Good luck.

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  • paul d`souza, balakunje

    Tue, Aug 28 2012

    Whenever i take my yearly break, i used to ask my wife to join with me to go down mangalore for a week. But giving daughters educational excuses she was making me to go alone. But at time her brother was sick, her mother was sick she went down living our daughter alone in mumbai, but i used to have full trust on my family. Finally when i said goodbye to gulf to have family life after 25 years (educating daughter in USA) of our marraige life, with all the master plans associating with her family relatives & few church animators (from malad & malwani)guidlines left the house without my knowledge.

     It felt me like some one tied chain of bombs arround my forehead & blasted. But the truth is, I am very happy with my present life with my new second wife. I  was lucky that my bank accounts were on my single name & my properties. she has taken my passport, gold arround worth 20 lacs,(for rememberence one friend whom i helped at time he lost his job,gifted me one gold ring which was in my blazer also taken). And she was using drugs in my food & i am lucky that she didnot put poison in my food. i know (treesa & jennifer)they are in dubai & it is not a big deal to me to step in dubai. But i will not do that, since i am happy with my current life. i treat it is a bad dream. this is i put here not only to read,...this informations are hinting how each of us must be prepared. not to worry if wife run away.Let her go if she goes. Take your time to re-stand & start your life back again.

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  • Samantha Lewis, Cincinati/USA

    Tue, Aug 28 2012

    "Dhandha Baimanika Karneka Imandarise" Make sure no one is hurt in the bargain. Story has a great punch could have been better it only covers doubting wife but what about men and other side of women thats the world. All the best. Another superb story writer Ravi Lobo gotcha? waiting for your version.

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  • A. Norbert Fernandes , Margao Goa.

    Tue, Aug 28 2012

    Nice story well explained a beautiful narration. except last 4 paras the whole story is fitting to my life alphabet to alphabet, as i have also completed 26 years and that i also not gone for honey moon. Good writing keep on inspiring people with such good writing.

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  • MARCEL DSOUZA, mangalore

    Tue, Aug 28 2012

    By asking the truth, wife has started nagging her husband, which in turn has given him a mild stroke. Actually, it seems the husband was happy and he had the limitations in enjoying his life. but wife's nagging has developed mental problems with him which in turn has given him a stroke.
    I wonder husband in the story may get a severe heart attack after hearing the last para of the story.
    Thru this story, whatever happening in family life you have well portrayed stan.
    My wife also gives me CHETAVNI whenever I cross my limits in some of the issues given in the sroty and I promptly try to listen it as CHETAVNI!

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  • Krishna,

    Tue, Aug 28 2012

    So nice to read, well framed.:)

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  • Olivia, Dubai

    Tue, Aug 28 2012

    Really enjoyed reading this. So well written and conveyed.

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  • R.Bhandarkar., Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 28 2012

    Dear Stan...
    Nobody dares 'Tell the Truth'...
    I will tell you. I thought I was the only one, but now for company I have you...!!
    Fiction Biction Kaayen Naa... Sath
    Barailare Baala... O Mujhe Devaa... Sath Re....

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  • Mangal, Mangalore/Sharjah

    Tue, Aug 28 2012

    It's so apt to say then, "Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus! This is a good read, a book written by American author and relationship counselor, John Gray

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  • Jais Dsouza, Montreal

    Tue, Aug 28 2012

    To all Dogs dont bring the cat home. All Cats dont get caught when you drink milk. Family is priority. No action should damage the family. The story is on the head of the truth. Keep it up.

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  • CGS, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 28 2012

    Salam salam tuka Stanmam!

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  • Stella vaz, Pangala/London

    Tue, Aug 28 2012

    Very nice write up.very good comments from frustated husbands...I enjoyed the fiction..good luck Mr Ageira.

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  • Vincy Pinto, Angelore/Mangalore

    Mon, Aug 27 2012

    Good one Stan...a bitter truth

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  • Mathew, Kasargod/Ajman

    Mon, Aug 27 2012

    The "wife" somewhat utters like mine. Hope me too will not reach the same end. Thank you dear Stan for writing a lovely readable short story.

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  • Dr Kiran VSA, Udupi

    Mon, Aug 27 2012

    ha ha Is it a Fact or a Fiction ?

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  • Rolphy Almeida, Udupi/Bangalore

    Mon, Aug 27 2012

    Stan, other day someone asked me when did you start loosing hair? I told him the truth, “the moment I got married.” He asked me “didn’t you try any medicine?” again I told him the truth “yes, I tried by sending wife to her mother’s house, and it works.”
    Good one Stan, I enjoyed reading.

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  • Jennet Prescilla, Mangalore, Muscat

    Mon, Aug 27 2012

    Dear Mr. Stan, I am a fan of yours and I never miss any story that you publish under the Red Chillies. This one was hilarious though it downrides the female thinking. But most of the time this happens hence no complaints. Love your down to earth stories. God Bless You.

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  • anita mahesh, mangalore

    Mon, Aug 27 2012

    Dear Stan
    am tellin you the truth,that what you have written is true...the fact of married life...

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  • Eulalia D'Souza, Bijai / Mangalore

    Mon, Aug 27 2012

    Dear Stan, a good article, in most of the cases, " TRUE". It's a bitter fact of life and reality in cases where ladies dont work & have no other business but to interfere in husband's business and keep nagging the husbands..!! in Konkani " Dhubhavi Bhailom.."
    Well written,Satn keep it up.!

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  • Vinod John, Mangalore

    Mon, Aug 27 2012

    Good!!! It happens in everyhouse.
    Thats a good way to spend some time which otherwise could be boring..

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  • Robert Fernandes, Udyavar / Dubai

    Mon, Aug 27 2012

    Joking seriously! Well written Stan. Shall I add a line ".... and they lived happily ever after!"

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  • Tom Cat , Mangalore/ Saudi Arabia

    Mon, Aug 27 2012

    very well written, fact in life.

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  • Agnello, Mangalore/Muscat

    Mon, Aug 27 2012

    Stan,
    'Tell me the the truth. Is this fiction?'

    Agree [3]

  • Juliet Mascarenhas, Bejai/Mangalore

    Mon, Aug 27 2012

    A good joke of reality in life

    Agree [2]

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