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Mom-in-law vs Messi

mumbai Updated: Jun 11, 2010 01:58 IST
Kiran Wadhwa

The D'Silvas spent the last week applying for an additional cable connection, buying a new stand and not to forget a 32-inch flat-screen television.

All this effort for Marie D'Silva so that she would not have to miss out on her programmes while her husband, Stephen, cheers, swears or hugs his television set in delight as the Bafana Bafana boys take on Mexico on Friday.

"We needed a second TV and my husband was procrastinating. But the FIFA World Cup ensured that he works at lightening speed. The moment it struck him that I won't part with the remote, he immediately went to buy a TV,"said the Bandra housewife.

Drawing rooms seem to be the arena for a new domestic squabble for the remote in Mumbai's small homes.

From separate TVs to convincing arguments, Mumbai's men are desperately trying to steal the primetime slots from their wives and mothers.

With many matches starting at 7.20 pm, the infamous time when mother-in- laws scheme and daughter-in-laws cry on screen, gaining access to the television can be a bit of a tackle.

Ronit Dutt is relying on convincing his wife that watching football is quality family time.

"I will help her figure the basics of the game and soon she, too, will be a big fan,"hoped the 34-year-old professional.

Others hope to turn the matches into a social event, which of course, the wife ought to participate in.

Rajesh Chabria is going to either have a do at his place or go over at a friend's place for the main matches.

"Since it will be a bit of an event and all our friends will be hanging out together, it really won't be an issue,"said the 48-year-old Santacruz resident.

It is not only husbands who are the contenders. Even children are not spared.

"I have told my mom clearly that if I can't watch it at home, I will be forced to go to a bar and then I will have no option but to drink,"said 22-year-old Samir Thadani, a commerce student. "So, the ball is in her court now."

But in some households there is no conflict.

Subir Mitra is a big football fan and would love to watch every match but his wife a big fan of Bengali progarmmes and has been following their twists and turns for years.

"Kono jhhamela hobe na (there is will no argument), I will watch all my serials,"said his wife Krishna Mitra.