Banta feared his wife Preeto wasn't hearing as well as she used to and he thought she might need a hearing aid. Not quite sure how to approach her, he called the family Doctor to discuss the problem.
The Doctor told him there is a simple informal test he could perform to give the Doctor a better idea about her hearing loss.
"Here's what you do," said the Doctor, "stand about 40 feet away from her, and in a normal conversational speaking tone see if she hears you. If not, go to 30 feet, then 20 feet, and so on until you get a response."
That evening, Preeto is in the kitchen cooking dinner, and Banta was in the den. He says to himself, "I'm about 40 feet away, let"s see what happens."
Then in a normal tone he asks, "Preeto ji, what's for dinner?"
Banta moves closer to the kitchen, about 30 feet from Preeto and repeats, "Preeto ji, what's for dinner?"
Still no response.
Next he moves into the dining room where he is about 20 feet from Preeto and asks, "Preeto ji, what's for dinner?"
Again he gets no response.
So, he walks up to the kitchen door, about 10 feet away, and asks, "Preeto ji, what's for dinner?"
Again there is no response.
So he walks right up behind her, "Preeto ji, what's for dinner?"
For God's sake, Banta ji, for the FIFTH time, "BIRYANI!"