Saturday, April 27, 2013

Mills and Boon : bury it or burn it

I think Mills and Boons should be banned in India for misleading young minds, like mine (I mean the time when I was young). This book made us believe that :-

1. Silent ...brooding men make great partners.
2. Opposites attracts. 
3. The Man...who is no less than a superman would read the damsel in distress' mind and would come to the rescue.
4.Romance full of passion.

Silent brooding men make boring partners. Try having a conversation with them . The answer would be either "hm" "okay" "achachaaaaaa..".

You seem more interested in their birthdays then them. Ask them about their birthday plan "What so big deal about birthdays, anyways? I would rather work than waste my time cutting cakes."

 Their reactions towards your gift, most probably would be :- he would stuff your gift in his cupboard (at least in front of you and then maybe in the evening he might be seen using it) or if you are lucky enough he would open the gift right away and the first thing he will utter is not 'thank you" or "wow" but " How much did you spend on it?" 

Try going out for a movie with this man... say Andaaz Apna Apna. He would watch the film with out any smile just like a robot. If you smile ....god forbid laugh, he would look at you and you could only wonder "If looks could kill, I would die 1000 times a day. 

 Opposites attract????  Seriously?

No holding hands in public and No talking or laughing in public. "There is something called "Public etiquetes" After listening to that crap all u do is roll your eyes and give up.

The best option for spending time together without biting each others head off,  is none other than Long Drives. We don't need to hold hands or laugh and we don't need to talk. All you need is some Good Music. Well music you like ( hard rock or old songs) is noise and boring to him and the music he likes (Gazals ) are like lulla-bye to you.

Movies : This man can watch Godfather zillions of times. Other than Al Pacino and the bloated have trouble remembering most of the other characters in the film. Well you could watch pretty woman zillions of times, but just the mention of it make him go off to sleep

Romantic Dinners : The food he likes is Roties and subzies (which makes you wonder, why did u even bother coming out for dinner if you had to have ghar ka khana( home cook food) )

He won't cook, clean ,change the bulb or get rid of a cockroach or lizard. It's all your job. You act more like a damsel in shining armor and your husband happily takes the role of knight in distress.

Romance : He is married all right... but he is married to his work and the second wife is Television most importantly Cricket and stock Market.

So girls and guys who read Mills and Boon or Harlequin romance , please throw them away, burn them , bury them. They totally and completely mess up your mind. You just fail realize they are fictional characters and real men are not like that. Real Men are not 6 foot tall with broad shoulders. They don't talk romantic stuffs all the tym or take you out for candle-lit dinners. Real Men are goofy yet cute ; Stubborn ass yet lovable.


  1. love it or hate it, but anyone who reads has read M&B at some point and deep down inside got floored by the imaginary perfect man.

    I've not been a M&B fan, but its not-ignorable

  2. Though I have never read M&B (planning to read one soon), what ever you have said is true. But basically it's just fiction!! And fiction cannot be true... :)

    Writing on the go

  3. They fooled young and old. But I liked the expressiveness of the language use!

  4. hehehe..absolute wonder.. how much we men resemble .. no matter we are married , single or recently captured (obviously by a woman :) )....
    So much I loved reading about how we men react so much similarly .. very nicely written !! hahaha.. I am still thinking.. even I order .. rotis and sabzis .. hahaha !!

  5. I had read 1 or 2 during school days not after that but sometimes fiction story like that can be stress buster...At least i can bring a smile on your face even though you know things like that never happen in real life...

  6. that is the exact reason I hate shahrukh khan, he spoiled my vision for true love.

  7. Haven't you ever noticed the word "work of fiction"; and why on earth do u think they mention it. Besides true luv exists. Nevertheless, wat u wrote is classic humor. Kudos! keep up my buddy! I'm loving it.

  8. Wow, you really sound disappointed with M & B. But I honestly agree. The truth is finding Mr. right or Ms. right shouldn’t be based on books or other sources. It’s the heart who can determine true love and only the mind can dictate if you should fight or believe in it.

  9. I'd rather escape away into a m&bs than live relationship reality. Yes it seems all men are the same in a relationship. Really depends on the past relationship to the mother. They copy their fathers example. But if the father treats the mother with respect and romance the son learns to do the same. Likewise girls tend to enter a relationship with the man most like her father. F

  10. i never read mills & boon.. but i could gather the theme... i like the way you compare the reality and fiction...

  11. nice take...but for me, sometimes i want stories which are away from reality but it does not mean that we don't know the truth..:)

  12. Dear Ms Sethi
    A marvellous article with enlightening insight into the oft-propagated feminine cliches. Kudos for the comprehensive demolition of these myths by the wrecking ball of reality. MANkind is forever indebted to you.

    Most of us men, thankfully to great gals like you, are unapologetically immune to these expectations. And we relish in our innate "goofiness" and being an "ass", eternally stubborn.

    A very small price to the benediction of being considered "lovable" and "cute".

    .......M, and INDEBTED.

  13. Oh my dear Lord, you caught me at the right time. Now a days, I keep reaching toward some or the other Harlequin romance and day dream about the men they describe in the books. It is really sad that such men don't exist. :( especially for singletons like me..

    Btw, loved this: "You act more like a damsel in shining armor and your husband happily takes the role of knight in distress."

    Superb post!



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