It’s been a while since we entertained people over at our place. And this weekend, it was pretty obvious that our entertaining skills are getting rusty to say the least. It’s time we took them out of storage and gave them a good dusting.
On Saturday evening, one of my friends called to say she was dropping in to see us. Mumbai traffic being what it is, she was still on the road at 8 p.m. so we called her and asked her to stay for dinner. Now she is one of my oldest friends and she even stayed with me for a few months when she first came to Mumbai, so even Jai knows her pretty well. So we thought we were just going to have an informal visit and dinner and so proceeded to change into our PJs and get nice and comfy. Only, dear friend had omitted to tell us that she was bringing along her new husband, who we are just getting to know. So there we were, me in my maternity PJs, which I still wear because they are so comfy, and Jai in some horribly shabby shorts that he refuses to throw away.
Now, if only that was all. They had been sitting for about 15 minutes (to our credit, Ayaan was still awake and grabbing whatever was available of our attention), my friend said, “Jai, aren’t you going to get me a drink?” I wanted to sink through the floor – we had not offered them anything to eat or drink. Jai swung into action and got everyone their drinks but not before saying to me in a shocked whisper to me “My God! We’ve forgotten how to entertain guests!!!”
Anyway, most of the evening progressed okay after that except for the part where we forgot to serve the dessert before they left – and that too, it was the dessert that they had brought! I think we need to get ourselves a book on how to maintain basic standards of social etiquette after the baby!