Note 1 :: This is a TRUE story. Of course, I have taken some Literary Liberties here and there.
Note 2 :: Obviously the Character names have been changed.
Note 3 :: Do not be surprised by the usage of Tamil, Hindi and English in the post. I heard the story, And thought it was best to reproduce it in the same manner, as I heard it.
Note 4 :: Non Tamil Friends kindly excuse. Non Tam-Brahm, you may not understand certain terms, that's fine. You are not missing out on anything important. Just the slang.. Just chill...
Amma was like "Ennadi aachu unakku, Kuch bhi kya ?" when I told her about Ravi.
"Iyer paiyyana ?"
I toh, definitely saw a twinkle, and the hint of a smile on my amma's face. That was definitely a sign of approval.
"Srivatsa Gotrakaarana ?"
"Hmmm... Vadamaala ?"
One more sly smile.
"Hmmm... Amma Appa enna panra ?"
"Appa, PWD Retired. Amma Housewife."
"Kooda poranthava ethana per ?" Amma was hanging clothes on the clothesline. I was helping her, by passing her the clips.
"Oru Akka, Kalyanam aagi, UK la settled. 4 vayasula, oru paiyyanum irukkaan."
This much if she is asking toh, matlab, pakka. She was actually happy. Amma agar convince ho gayi, toh Band Baaja Baarat !!
"Enna padichirukkaan ?"
"B.E mudichittu, ippo Satyamla work panraan..."
"Satyama ? antha company ellam izhuthu mudiyaache...Sambalam ellam correcta vaangaraana? Nee ozhunga check panniya ?"
"Athellam correcta thaan vaangaran..."
"Hmmm.. entha collegennu sonna ?"
"Mona Engineering College ?"
"Engadi irukku athu..?"
"Ethu ? namma Thanjavur pakkathula irukkae, antha mannargudiya ?"
"Naan unakku Harvard, Oxfordnnu maapla paarkalaamnu kanavellam kandaenedi... ippadi ellathaiyum pagal kanavaakittiyae di.."
"Ayyo, amma, polambaatha, please..."
"Raathi, Chandra ellam kai kotti siripaale di... Ponna valarka theriyalaennu pesuvaale di...Ippadi, aetho, Mona, Sonannu Engineering Collegela padicha paiyyan kitta poi mayangittiyae di... Tere liye toh, I was pakka, ki, Harvard Mapla, with M.S. and Green Card. Ippo, nee Mannargudikku Town busla poga poriyae ..."
My Amma was like total nautanki.
"Amma... konjam niruthirya ? Please.. Appa kitta nee thaan pesanum..."
"Appakku therinjuthunnaa, konne pottruva"
"Amma Amma... please ma... Nee ethayavathu solli adjust pannuma... Amma Amma please ma..."
My mom was like caught between the devil and the deep blue sea.
"Petha paavam... Panni tholaikkaraen.." Amma said, palla kadichukittae...
"Thanks ma... Athukku en munjiya ippadi kadukadunnu vechurukka...Konjam sirikarthu.."
"Adiyae... unakku poi unga Appa kitta vakkalathu vaanga poraen paaru, enna sollanum.."
I was like all silent. "Thanks Ma... " I jumped. I gave her a hug, and rushed inside my room.
Inside my heart, I was "Yes, Yes, Yes !!! - Sandhyaji, iske saath, aap paar karti hain Pehla Padaav" I said to myself, in Amitabh Bachchan's rich baritone voice.
Outside my room, my amma knocked on the door. She then came inside and asked me the "Sawaal-saat-janmon-ka" -
"Paiyyanukku enna vayasu ?"
I was totally Laal, Laal.
Amma, closed the door and went.
Before you proceed to read the rest of the story, Here are the most important facts that you need to know.
My name's Sandhya, Am all of 17 years and am a Tamil Iyer.
My (supposed) Guy's name is Ravi. He's 23. And a Tamil Iyer.
I live in Mumbai. He lives in Gurgaon.
And this was our story.
Note, how I said "was". Kadantha Kaalam. Enna aachunnu yosikireengala... Neengale padiyungalen ...
Intha pathinezhu vayasu ponnukkum, 23 vayasu paiyyanukku, eppadi "oru ithu" vanthathunnu ellam ketkaatheenga... Vanthuduthu... Avlo thaan... Seri.. ini kathai ... Actually, avan proposal accept pannu bothu, I was half scared that Ravi might be accused of Child Abuse or something. :)
Anikku night dinner, Amma, Appa, and myself were eating. Amma might break the news anytime. My heart was like shatabdi se fasta odikittu irunthathu. Knowing Appa's nature, enakku toh rombavae tension. Appa was like "antha pacha molagava konduvaada". Naan Ammava morachukittae kitchenukku ezhunthu ponen. Under my breath, I muttered to my mom, "Amma, aethavathu pannen.." Amma was like "Ennadi Munumunnunu... Sathama thaan sollaen.."
"Enna anga gusugusu..."
I ran to the kitchen to get the milaga. Atleast I was planning to stuff some in my mouth.
Amma then started, "Sandhyakku Ravi mela oru ithuvaama.."
I was like "Ammmmmmmmmmaaaaaaaa..." Atleast she could have put it across in a more decent manner. Petha ponnoda love-mattera ippadiya pottu odaikarathu.. "oru ithu", "oru athunnu"... nallava irukku...? Itna toh banta hai yaar...
Kaiyila saambar saadamum, potato curryum eduthu, vaaiyukku kondu pona kai, appadiye atha marubadiyum thattil vaithathu.
"Yaaru.. Antha Noida paiyyanaa?" My Appa had good memory power.
Naa kitchenlirunthu, "Gurgaon..."
Amma, "Ithukkonnum korachal illa... Pathinezhu vayasu thaan agarthu, athukullaiyum, lovvaamaa, lovvu.."
Enga Amma lovvunnu solrathum, enga vittu naai, "bownnu" solrathum, kitta thatta orey mathiri thaan irukkum.
Enga Appa, appadiye, enna oru looku, enga ammava oru looku..
"Enna en moraikireenga ?" My Amma, always had this feeling that my father always held her responsible for all my misgivings.
"Ellam neenga kudutha chellam thaan...inikku ippadi vanthu nikkarthu.." - I confided to Amma to defend me. She was now turning her weapons arsenal at me.
Appa was totally silent. Intha mathiri nisabdathula naanga saaptathey illa.
My ears were pounding. Everytime Appa opened his mouth, I was anticipating, "Ithellam namakku saripdathu.."
Surprisingly Appa romba quieta ezhunthu poitaaru. My Amma was now more surprised.
"Ennadi, ivlo periya kalla thooki pottrukom, manushan reactionae kaata maatengaraaru."
"Un purushanaache... appadi thaan iruppaaru... Po Po, Poi un purushana samaadaana paduthu ... Enakku oru mudivu therinjaaganum..."
"Ennadi nee ? Romba thaan thulra... TV la vara mega serial villi mathiri pesara... Vaala otta narikiduvaen..."
"Amma Amma, sorry ma... Poi Appava convince pannuma... Please ma... Please ma.. un ponnoda vaazhkai prachanai ma.."
"Ada chi... innum legal age kooda varala, athukullaiyum, unakkellam ennadi lovvu vendikedakku ?"
"Amma... please ma... purinjukkoyaen.."
"Adiyae, intha vishayam velila therinja, unga appavaiyum, ennaiyum, jailukku anupiduvaa di.."
"Appadiya.. ? Super po... Appo naan nimmathiya Raviya kalyanam pannikalaam... Entha newspaperla, un photo varanumnu sollu..? Thinathanthiya ? Thinamalara ? Nammalava ellarum Thinamalar thaan padippa, athulaye poda solraen.. enna ok va ma ?"
Enga Amma vitta lookula iravu kooda, kathiri-veyil mathiri irunthathu. Andru iravu kazhinthathu.
Appa, usually goes out for walks on Sunday morning. I had also woken up and had my horlicks. Paper padichittu irunthaen...
Enga appa en roomukku vanthaaru, Orey line thaan, "Walking poraen, neeyum varriya ?"
Appa enna walking ellam kooptathey kedaiyathu... Ippo kupidrarunna, aetho irukku... Thikku thikkunnu irunthathu. Chappala pottundu naanum kelambinaen...
Oru 4 kilometres nadanthirupom. My Appa didn't speak a word. I was like "Appa, kuch toh bolo" inside my heart. Appa didn't speak a word. We came home. Appa sat on the hall sofa silently. Amma brought coffee. They both exchanged glances. Aaha... toh kuch baat hui hai... I told myself, "Sandhya, yaa toh tu rone wali hai, yaa fir hasne wali hai... jo bhi ho, tere aankhon se paani ki dariya bahne wali hai... abhi se taiyyari kar le.." And I kept my most innocent and roni-si-surat and waited with bated breath.
Appa looked at Amma, and said with lot of bhaav, "What ? Will he come to see us, or is it via Skype only ?"
One small glimmer of hope now.
"Err... He.. come..."
"Enna.. mennu muzhungara..."
"Hunh... Sonna varuvaaru pa..."
"Varuvaara ? Paarthiya di, enna oru mariyaathai.. "avarukku".
Now my Amma's turn, "Ippo naan unna avan kitta pesa vendaamnu sonna.. unnala avan kitta pesama irukka mudiyuma ?"
I was thinking... Purushanum, Pondaatiiyum, nalla plan panni thaan cross-question panreenga... Arey, Pyaar hi to kiya hai... Koi gunaah thode hi kiya hai...
Then I replied, "Kashtama thaan irukkum... Aana pesamal ellam irukka mudiyaathu..."
Amma Appa exchanged glances. Then Amma was like, "Inga paaru, ippo unna pesa pdathunnu sonna, nee ketka porathillai... thiruttu thanama, ozhinju ozhinju pesa pora..."
I smiled at this part.
She was like, glaring at me. If I had been makhan (which I already was) I was already ghee.
"Sirikaatha di.. Asattu thanama sirikka vendiyathu...Neeyellam kalyanam pannitu enna panna poriyo..."
Then Appa spoke. "Ask Ravi to come and see us. Let us, as in Amma and myself, get to know him and his background, and then, If, IF, IF (he actually said this three times) everything is ok, we will take it forward..."
I was toh, totally beaming types.
Then he said, "But, if We don't like him, that'll be the end of Ravi chapter."
I was already having Ravi's number on speed dial. I dialled him then and there.
My Amma was looking at me, as if she was seeing me for the first time. I guess she was thinking, "Ponnukku thairiyatha paaru. Amma Appa munnadiye lovvarukku call panra..."
Itha kaetta udane, Amma Thiduk... Appa Thiduk... Ah... A million dollars for the expression on their faces..
"Appa has said OKKKKKKKKKKKK" I shouted over the phone...
Udane en Appa, "OK vellam onnum sollala... Paarkalaamnu thaan sonnaen.." He was trying to shout over my excited babble..
But I guess, I drained him out completely... :)
After the call, I told my Amma and Appa... "He is coming this weekend. Saturday evening 4 PM."
My Appa nodded his head. Amma was already planning the menu. Or was it really the menu ?
And I ran into the room, to talk to my Jaanu and that was when Appa spoke again,
"Ithu thaan saakkunnu, oorellam sutha koodathu... 9 PMkku veetla irukanum..."
And I was like "Seri pa... Try panraen.."
Aduthathu enna aachu ? Poruthirupome.. :) :D
Sundaran Neeyum, Sundari Nyaanum
Note 1 :: This is a TRUE story. Of course, I have taken some Literary Liberties here and there.