"It’s not over until it’s over," said the husband with a matching sombre face. He is known for quoting profundities – that too the right one at the right moment with equal measure of gravitas. But this one has become a regular in the Shekar household for the past month. Now don’t read much into it, our relationship is not going downhill at break-neck speed… well, not yet.

It’s the current edition of IPL that has got him all philosophical. While the high voltage drama on the cricket field has me predicting the result a bit too soon, the husband prefers to sit on the fence with his metaphors. What’s worse, I am mostly wrong and he is never wrong. For how can he be with use of an adage like "It’s not over until it’s over"? Doesn’t it merely state the obvious disguised in the garb of eloquence? Think about it. Idioms such as this one do not add value to the conversation but do the job of irritating the hell out of the spouse who does not have a ready, equally effective or empty, repartee – in this case me.

The only thing that stops these moments from escalating into volatile episodes with dire consequences is the fact that he cannot claim proprietorship for this one. Apparently these famous words belong to legendary American baseball player Yogi Berra, who said it almost 50 years ago when his team snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.

If you have read so far and have now begun to wonder where am I going with this aimless rant, let me come clean – nowhere.

Yogi Berra also said, "You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there."

At least I can’t be made an example for this adage.

Reach me at mshekar@gulfnews.com.

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