The hue and cry over the innocuous remark of Union Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal — that with the passage of time, the excitement of a victory wears off just as a wife becomes less charming as she grows older — is quite uncalled for. His statement cannot be found fault with as a woman too has the right to say the same thing about her husband.
It is a fact of life. Only in the initial years of marriage, a man is attracted to his wife. Thereafter, the focus shifts to other things like children’s education, career and so on.
S. Padmanabhan, Nellore
Besides being unintelligent, humourless and distasteful, Mr. Jaiswal’s remark smacks of ignorance. Old wine is generally considered superior. Even a teetotaller like me knows that. I could not but recall the remark of Senator Alan Simpson at his wife’s 60th birthday party: “I never thought I’d be sleeping with a 60-year-old woman.” First Lady Barbara Bush reprimanded him saying, “Well, that wasn’t very funny.” Mr. Simpson backed off.
Ashoka Prasad, Gorakhpur
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