By Neel Anil Panicker
‘What’s that supposed to mean?, barked Martha.
Arthur looked towards the direction of her pointed fingers.
Folding the day’s newspaper in half, he glanced at the huge 6 inch double spaced header: WOMAN ‘PROVES’ NESSIE EXISTS.
Arthur opened his mouth to say something but his better half beat him to it.
‘Why the hell do these ignoramuses waste so many reams of newsprint? Everybody knows it’s true.’
“What’s true, my darling?”, Arthur asked politeness personified.
‘That Messie exists. That he’s the greatest footballer to have graced a sporting ground. That he’s a million times better than that cheat Maradona and that flirt Ronaldo. That…’
It was Arthur’s turn to feign surprise.
He decided to butt in, albeit very carefully.
“My dear”, he began, “It says Nessie not Messi. And that means they are referring to that mythical creature called the Loch Ness monster. No one till date has seen it or can confirm its existence. It seems now…”
Martha rose up and snatched the paper from Arthur’s hands.
‘It seems now…bull shit! It doesn’t seem now. It is the truth. If a woman says Nessie exists, then period___Nessie exists. And there’s nothing to ‘prove’. Her word is proof enough.’