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UKArchive ID: 12235The Inmitable M N Menon by chrisk
Originally published on June 6, 2005 in Faction

With fond memories.



THE INMITABLE M N MENON( my father-in law)
By C R Krishnan

This story has to be read in conjunction with ‘Religious Breakfast’, which is shown below:
                Towards the end of 2003, my father in law, 97, who lives in India had a nasty fall and had to be rushed to hospital for some stitches to the back of his head. By the time my wife and I got there he was back in the house and recovering nicely. In the next few days he was almost back to normal and reading his newspapers and walking about with a 'stick' which he hates he says as sticks are for very old people. I agreed with him but told him that though he is not 'very old' he is older than me and what his secret was. He says to me that every morning he has religious oats. 'Religious oats' ? I say. He says ,'ya the quaker one'. He also tells me that he has two brandies and a couple of long thick cigars in the evenings and despite his wife's complaint that the house stinks he has been doing this for the last 70 years or so. Then he asks me if I can keep a secret.'Definitely yes' I say. He says that the night he fell he had three brandies instead of his two and as he was pouring the third one into his glass, his hand was shaking so badly he couldn't control the amount that was going into the glass. He also asks me not to mention this to his wife, as the version of events told to her is somewhat different from what he just told me. Since I have returned to U.K, I have been drinking brandy and smoking cigars much to the surprise of my wife as she cannot understand that how a man who is used to drinking whiskey and smoking a pipe could suddenly change his habits. When she was going out shopping I reminded her that she shouldn't forget my religious oats, as I do not love cornflakes anymore.
                                    

Epilogue.

         On the 14th of April 2005, my father-in law died. He was 98 years old and was terminally ill not only of old age but also of cancer of the prostate. Before he was taken to the ICU, he wanted to know how his son’s book was coming along. His daughter, the elder sister of my wife reminded him that Krishnan, the one who wrote the book is actually his son-in –law! Never mind he said, could he atleast have a look at the book before he leaves town, meaning this world.The book was given to him and he read it in two days. He wondered whether some of the stories Krishnan had written especially about other women are a true account of what he had really done or just made up. He felt that though he enjoyed the stories he was worried about his daughter being married to such a cad! My sister-in-law assured him that the stories can only be fantasies as they are, (meaning me and my wife) are together for the last 30 years.
        ‘Oh! But I have been married to my wife for the last 70 years, and if only she knew!’



© chrisk (chrisk on OLD UKA)
UKArchive ID: 12235
Archived comments for The Inmitable M N Menon
ish on 2005-06-06 13:23:14
Re: The Inmitable M N Menon
I was sorry to hear that 'M.N' died. Last year when I was in India I had the opportunity to meet and talk with him and he had some funny stories to tell.
He told me that he had been keeping a diary for the last 75 years or so. See if you can get it Chris! You will get many stories out of it!
Ian

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niece on 2005-06-07 13:10:31
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Hi Chrisk,
Such a great read! It looks like you were a mutual admiration society. So sorry that your dad-in-law is no more!
regds, niece

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chrisk on 2005-06-08 09:54:58
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Ian
Thank u. He was a great story teller. I shall miss him.
Chris

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chrisk on 2005-06-08 10:01:48
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Niece
Thank u. Ya, I quite liked the man, he was fun to be with and very generous. He told us many interesting stories and even towards the end he shaved and showered every day and read newspapers and books regularly!
chrisk

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Claire on 2005-06-08 21:01:49
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And may you continue his tales...

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chrisk on 2005-06-08 21:20:15
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Thank u Claire. I will, when I get hold of his diary in November this year.
Regards
Chris

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soman on 2005-06-09 07:46:23
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by Soman, Thursday June 9 @0645 GMT

Good show, Chrisk. I'm convinced that, up there in his heavenly abode, the Old Boy must have slapped his thigh in delight at his favourite son-in-law's parting crack. ... I can visualise him, ensconced amidst a bevy of admiring Apsaras (divine dancers from Lord Indra's court), recounting his earthy escapades, to their great awe and wonderment!

More of the same, please?

Soman

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Kat on 2005-06-10 02:47:44
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I really enjoyed this story. I love wonderful characters like your father-in-law surely was.

Can I just mention that it should be 'prostate' and not prostrate?

All the best to you.

Kat 🙂

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chrisk on 2005-06-10 09:50:10
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Kat
Thank you for your kind comments. I am grateful.
Re the spelling, I should have used the spell checker, silly me!
Changing it.
Regards
Chrisk

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chrisk on 2005-06-10 23:46:40
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Soman
Thanks. I think I will get some stories out from some of his diaries.
Regards
Chrisk


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e-griff on 2005-06-11 11:10:43
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contains the usual gems of your individual humour, which you know I like... glad he saw the book.. G

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chrisk on 2005-06-11 20:46:07
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JohnG
Thank u for your kind words. I wrote this after a two month break! Writers' block or whatever you call it.
Regards
CRK

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tai on 2005-06-16 09:45:31
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Hi Chrisk, I really enjoyed reading about your Father in Law! What a character?lol He gives hope to us all.

All the best

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chrisk on 2005-06-16 10:41:50
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Tai
Thank you. The sad thing is when I go to India in November he wouldn't be there!
Regards
Chris

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eddiesolo on 2005-08-18 13:33:30
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Wonderful write Chrisk, I enjoyed this read very much.

Tops.

Si:-)



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chrisk on 2005-08-18 20:22:25
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Si
I am grateful for your comments. I am going to India in November and I will walk into the house for the first time in my life, without him being there. an unberable thought.
Chris

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