top of page

Wise Person in a Fool’s House!


‘Fools build houses and wise live in them!’ A friend stated when I was planning to build my own house. I never gave any importance to the wisdom of the proverb or her advice. For the next three years that it took me to construct the house, I was in complete agreement with what she had said that fated day!

I finally moved into THE house, the result of my endless hours of frustrated, exasperated, helpless and almost penniless state. I cribbed about the electrician not giving adequate number of plugs, the plumber for that leakage and subsequent repairs, unknown neighbors for the seepage on the common wall from their construction. I got all the more convinced that indeed I was a fool…

As the teething problems were fixed one by one, I began to settle in the house. I realized the value of the window near my writing table, from where I could admire the green planters my husband had thoughtfully arranged. The family enjoyed the winter sunshine in the balconies. I loved the convenient space below the staircase, where everything was accessible. Icing on the cake was the compliments received from friends as I hosted get-togethers either outdoors or indoors.

Slowly the horror of past three – four years faded, as the new happenings overshadowed the old memories. I came to realize, all in all, it was ‘not a bad deal’! Getting the house built was hard work, but living in a house where things were as I wanted them to be, the kitchen large enough to accommodate my family, spacious enough to invite my kid’s friends for a sleepover. I started to enjoy living in my dream house.

But sometimes I wonder – Have I become wiser now?


7 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Helicopter Parenting

I was next to meet the class teacher during the PTM, for my seven year old, but the mother sitting with the teacher, it seemed, was glued to the tiny chair in front of the low table. I was sure the ch

Yes, I am a fan!

This post was written for ‘Lessons Learned from Indians’, a unique initiative by Krish Murali Eswar. Their motto is to ‘Share Your Lessons Learned in Life with the World so that Others Learn from Your


bottom of page