SPF: A Benevolent Dictator


A Benevolent Dictator

Words 198

 “Did you like the show?”

“It was nice.”


“Well, you know I don’t like War stories.”

“But that is our past, our reality. You shouldn’t avoid it.”

“I see enough reality in real life.”

“I don’t know why I try. I can never please you can I?”

“That’s not true!”

“Last week I offered to take you sari shopping but you refused.”

“I appreciate you wanting to buy me things. But don’t you think it should be about me not about you?”

“It is about you! I don’t wear saris.”

“But I don’t want saris. I have a cupboard full of them.”

“What do you want?”

“I want to be indulged.”

“That’s why I booked this show. You know I don’t enjoy such things.”

“Yes darling I know. And I love you for that.”


“But you indulge me when you want not and as you like.”

“I don’t understand.”

“Never mind. Where are we going for dinner? Reeta told me about a new Chinese joint. They make the most awesome dimsums and…”

“I thought Biryani.”

“But we haven’t had Chinese for ages.”

“The Biryani is delicious here.”


“I made reservations. You’ll love the kulfi too.”


Written for the Sunday Photo Fiction – a story in 200 words or less. Thanks to Alistair Forbes for hosting and the photo prompt. Click here to read the other stories inspired by this prompt.

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28 thoughts on “SPF: A Benevolent Dictator”

    1. You could of course walk off in a huff, but the problem is that probably you would have to go home and cook. I would go for the Biryani and drop gentle hints about Chinese 😉 😀 Thanks Mayuri for your honest reaction, hope you dont object to pulling your leg a bit 🙂

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  1. Aaahh… such a common occurence. Their intentions are definitely out of love, its gets suffocating over a period of time. I remember my dad getting us that creamy sweet ‘dil pasand’ bread when he returned from work. I hated it, but ate silently because he was offended when I said I didnt like it. He was tired after work, frustrated with traffic, and yet he thought about us little kids(I have a sister) and stopped to buy that delicious looking item from the bakery, and we were so heartless to tell him we didnt like it! Thats how it looked.

    And so we accepted it, ate it every single time after that without a word, trying hard not to throw up. Because we loved our dad. And we knew he loved us. This was his way of showing it.

    But, shouldnt he have cared enough to know what we “really” want? What will really make us happy?

    How can you expect anybody to be happy/appreciative by not giving them what they want, but giving them what YOU think they want?

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    1. Aww so sweet of him to think of you despite his hard day. I think it is tough for them to think out of the box and be creative about what another might like. Or perhaps they are so used to taking decisions and having to give the air of knowing everything that is best for their family that they it doesnt enter their heads to ask 😀 Really appreciate your sharing this lovely vignette from your childhood. He loved you and both you returned his love many times over – what could be a sweeter dish than that? While I agree with your question but I can also empathize with your father.

      As a mother, a homemaker, even I take several and often one-sided decisions for my family. I also think of myself as a ‘benevolent dictator’. But when my son was about 6 years old he confided to his class teacher – my mother is just like Hitler!
      He probably also felt I should have ‘asked’. But then asking is another long story – it ends up with ‘you decide’ 😀

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    1. He probably thinks he knows best. After all they are “two bodies one soul” 😉 Reminds of a book dedication- “In a roundabout way this book is dedicated to me as it is dedicated to my wife who is dedicated to me” Sorry I forget the author. Oh and another one by a wife. “My husband and I get along well as we think alike. I love him and he – he loves him” 😀

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  2. The problem is, when two people have been together for such a long time. they tend to forget about what the other person wants and go with what they normally get which results in a stale relationship until someone is willing to step outside their comfort zone.

    Good story Dahlia

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