Nutella ki baat hai

pic of empty Nutella jar by Arun Shanbhag
After a two week hiatus, I opened the Nutella jar to spread on Iggy’s bread to make my Nutella sandwich. It was EMPTY!
How could that be? I never put an empty jar back in the pantry.

I asked M if she had the last of the Nutella. Nope she said! Its been ages since she touched Nutella. After much moaning and pacing I asked M again. Nope she insisted! “Besides, its too sweet for me.” She is not much into sweets and my stacks of Indian mithai are safe.

But M does have an exquisite craving for chocolate and hazelnut, and our stores of Swiss chocolates steadily recede. I got those just for her. After additional pacing, I asked again with my practiced, 'lie and you rot in hell' look. BTW, we guys don't have the genes for this. Not even bothering to look up from her newspaper, she responds, “maybe there is a mouse in the house.”

A mouse?
Ghar mein ek chuva hai
ya daal mein kuch kaala hai!

See how I prepare for such crises.

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