This is a winning post in blog contest conducted by Asian paints. Laced with humor, it is sure to tickle your funny bone.
Once upon a lazy summer noon, I was relaxing on my cozy couch sipping a freshly brewed cup of coffee & a classic novel in hand. It seemed to be a perfect noon until a heard a loud bang on my front door. I almost fell off my couch. I hurriedly got up & opened the door thinking ” who could it be at this hour of the day ? “.
And there it was my very own ‘Sweet’ Manorama Aunty. I am purposely emphasizing the word ‘Sweet’ as she is capable of ripping off your soul out of your body in the mellowest & sweetest way possible.
My heart sank, feet were glued to the ground & mind was buzzing with thousands of warning signs. She was still standing at the doorstep with her signature dare- you-mess-with-me smile. I calmed my nerves & composed myself.
“Hi, Manno aunty. What a pleasant surprise? I am so happy to see you. ”
” Happy? really Garima! You look like as if you have seen a ghost .” saying this, she gave a thunderous chuckle.She never minced her words.
I was petrified to say the least. I welcomed her inside & asked her whereabouts. After the usual chitter-chatter, she asked me to show her around. I was relieved as I could no longer bear her volley of questions. I took her straight to my kids room which was also my favorite place in my house.
As soon as she entered the room, she shrieked.
” Whats is this Garima? ”
” What Manno aunty ?”
” Your roof. OMG . It looks as if it would collapse any moment.”
Baffled I looked up at the roof. ” Oh no, This paint .” I gulped. ” Aunty, there is some leakage problem in the flat just above us. It is ….”
” You should talk to them. What rubbish is this? ” As usual she didn’t let me complete my sentence
Then a second shriek when I took her to my bedroom ………..
Not so pleasant reaction in living room either……
” Your kids are naughty Garima. Don’t worry I am here now. ”
” OH, my poor kids!” I thought…
I didn’t want her to see anything anymore, but you can’t stop Manno aunty. The bathroom was the last nail in the coffin. ” Is it a bathroom or a primitive cave?” She gasped
I no longer looked up & kept staring at the ground beneath. I wanted it to rip open & gulp me right then. It was so humiliating.
” Oh, my poor child. I think you don’t get time to manage your house. I can understand with two kids how difficult it is !! Although you won’t find a single mark on any of my house walls. You know how particular I am. I managed it all with 5 kids.” She was rolling her eyes & I was feeling as if my organs are caving in.
Had it been any other person I would have managed, but Manno aunt is like a loudspeaker. She would exaggerate it 10 times & proliferate it from north to south.
” But aunty I just got my house painted last year only.”
” Oh my baby, I think you have not chosen a good brand. House need constant maintenance & money .” She said gesturing through her diamond clad fingers.
I didn’t want to argue further in spite of knowing that the paint work cost us a fortune. But as we say action speaks louder than words.I was in no position to argue here.
She finished her coffee, blew a kiss in the air , gave a final look at my ‘poor’ house. “See you soon baby” & disappeared.
I was standing right at the middle of my living room & felt as if all the walls have crumbled down. I sank myself in the sofa, threw my head back. As I opened my eyes a minute later, I saw the ‘pathetic’ condition of my walls again. I closed my eyes immediately.
” What do I do?This is not done. I need to do something immediately.”. I was puzzled, confused, irritated & embarrassed. I knew Manno aunt won’t spare me. She would come again & this time with some company.
Nothing was coming into my mind.Defeated I started praying for some miracle. Some superhero or a magical fairy, please come to my rescue.I was in no condition to again spend a big chunk of money on the paintwork and end up looking like a fool just after few months.
I think, the all mighty heard my prayers & I saw ‘Asian paints home solutions‘ tv commercial. Voila !. I picked up my phone & called its helpline no. 1800-209-5678. I was greeted by a soothing female voice. She heard me with patience & informed that a representative from the company could visit my house & check the condition. He would suggest me what all is needed to do done, time frame. Above all this would all be well in my budget.I immediately agreed. I was very happy as I was about to meet my knight in shinning Armour.
My Wonderful experience with Asian Paints
As promised, a representative came to our house. He set with us & understood what exactly were we looking for? He evaluated the walls with modern techniques. Suggested us what all was needed to be done. He gave us many options that suited our budget & requirements. I was amazed at their professionalism & technically sound methods. It was a completely unique experience for us. Unlike traditional methods which are not very accurate, It was a well organized set up. I was very happy to hand over my house in their trusted hands.
After a couple of days, a color consultant visited us to discuss with us our taste & requirement. Thanks to her, I was spared from the long discussions over finalizing the color for each room.After the color was decided, the actual work became. A night before that I stocked up coffee in my pantry as I knew for next couple of days I would be busy shifting & salvaging my furniture, an added headache.
But to my utter surprise, I was not even required to pick up a spoon from its place. My whole furniture & all decorative materials were skillfully masked. The painting team was highly skilled. They did the whole interior & exterior work in record time. The whole time they were supervised by a head technician, who kept us in the loop throughout the process.
After the painting was done, we were handed over a thoroughly cleaned house. I almost forgot the harrowing experience of last time.
( Check out the informative video of Asian Paints Home Solutions )
Why Asian Paints ?
- Asian paints has the most amazing range of textures & finishes for your home
- Its ‘do-it- your-self guide at Asian paints home solution official site is one of its kind. It allows you to virtually see your walls with desired texture , finish or color. You can simply click a pic of the area you want to renovate & upload it & check ‘N’ number of options available on the site.
- The best feature of Asian paints is that , they are all low VOC (volatile organic compound ) and are free from lead, heavy metals and other hazardous chemicals. Hence its perfect for your kids and elderly people .
- The kid’s room decor ideas will leave you spell bound. Its like a kid’s heaven. You have ample of ideas to make your kid’s room his/her favorite space.You kid would never want to leave it . Believe me :)
- User friendly website with superb features & all solutions under one roof
- Asian paints is one stop solutions for interior, exterior ,all kind of metal & wood surfaces. You need not to look elsewhere for your home makeover .
Contents hide” Proof lies in the smiling faces of my dear hubby & Super cute kids :). ……. My house is my Dream Home now.”
” Proof lies in the smiling faces of my dear hubby & Super cute kids :). ……. My house is my Dream Home now.”
” Some people look for a beautiful place, others make a place beautiful ”
Now that my mission ” Sweet Home” had been accomplished, I was eagerly waiting for Manno aunty . I was so desperate to see the look on her face. And as expected , I didn’t have to wait too long. Just after couple of days , Manno aunty arrived with her gang of gals ( Grand moms to be precise :D ) . As soon as she stepped into the living room she was shell shocked. She didn’t even put her purse down & run inside the house.Checked ever nook & corner and came back confused ( I loved her googly eyes & frown lines on forehead ) .
” Baby , what have you done to your house.”
” What happen aunty ? Whats wrong.” I was playing my cards well …hehe
” Hmm….have you done any magic trick or am I at a wrong address?”
” No my dear Manno aunty . You are at the right address. ”
“Garima, my sweetheart. Last time I saw it, it was almost in shambles.Tell me whats’s the secret of this magic.”
” Its no magic Manno aunty .” I looked at my beaming husband & happy kids who were present this time around.( I winked at my hubby , Honey I saved Our house )
” Its my wonderful ASIAN PAINTS.” I chuckled with joy & pride :).
Before signing off I would like to share some important & easy tips to keep your walls looking amazingly fresh always :-
- Always and I mean always use a good paint brand for your wall. You might save few bucks by going for cheap paints .But in the long run it would cost you money , time , energy & your mental peace. Trust a good brand Like Asian Paints
- Regularly dust your wall. Don’t let dust settle on the walls . The paint would lose its sheen & fade eventually.
- Mend all leakages & damages on time for longer life of your paint.
- Treat the waterborne stains & oil borne stains separately. Waterborne stains like ketchup, wine etc can be easily wiped off with a wet cloth.And you can use mild detergent for oil borne stains like cooking grease, shoe polish, oil crayons etc.
- Be aware of the mildew growth on the walls .Treat it immediately .
- Don’t place furniture too close to the wall.It would leave ugly marks on the wall
And . last but not the least , love your cozy comfy abode.Its your love & care that makes a house , a beautiful Home. :)
For more details & ideas DO visit Asian paints official site & transform your house into your ‘DREAM HOME’ :)
P.s :- This is a tribute to the effervescent, chirpy & energetic actress , Manorama, who died on 15th feb 2008. She will be remembered for a long time .
( Some images from google search, rest my personal pics )