Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Kannamma

“Yeah honey, I am on my way home from the bank. The lines were more than a mile long. Can't wait to get back home babes.” Smrithi frowned and raised her voice on the phone, “Abhi, how many times have I told you not to call while driving? I am worried about you da.” She mellowed on receipt of the ensuing silence “No da chellam, it's just that I keep reading about these accidents, especially on the freeway. You know I love you don't you?. Sweetie pie, I am sorry I screamed at you.” It was Abhishek's turn now “Baby, I am sorry too. I know that you said that because you care.” They disconnected the phone with mutual I-love-you-s.

Smrithi went back to her Google Reader and continued reading comments on her new blog post. Another tab was open simultaneously where she was googling for tips on switching to Wordpress.

“Vasu, have you kept the dhoti and towel aside to wear to the temple tomorrow?”, Ramanujam intoned. “Eduthu vechuten naa*, I have washed and have let them dry separately on the terrace. And Geetha had come by today, it seems her brother's daughter has given birth to a son. We should go and see the baby next week. Also we should book tickets to Kancheepuram for the Utsavam. We should ask if your sister and her aathukarar** want to come with us. We don't want them to complain like last year.” Vasu droned on, all the while cutting vegetables for the night's dinner. “Ayyoo, I forgot totally about tickets. I have to book soon, else we have to travel in the General Compartment. You think of everything di.” Ramanujam smiled, and then added softly as an after thought, “Kannamma.”

Vasudha smiled and hummed all the time while making kootu***. Some how the pressure cooker's refusal to give a whistle didn't bother her as much today. She decided to serve curd tonight instead of buttermilk and didn't worry about having enough for tomorrow. After all some days are more special than others.

* - I have kept it aside

** - Husband

*** - A vegetable and lentil preparation

9 comments:

kaushik said...

Hey!
You are back!

Nice Nice, Super nice!!!

How the same thing can be trite and special for different people! Very well characterized :)


BTW, you forgot to get the corresponding * for aathukarar

janani said...

Hey thanks :-) I get my best inspirations when I have to study for an exam or do HW ;-)

Good catch, have edited my post

Priya Iyer said...

hey there! i was googling for 'kanamma' and it led me to your blog... and i am glad!!! loved this entry of yours and a few others that i went thru.. have bookmarked u.. will be back to read more.. :) hope u don't mind!!

janani said...

@Priya - Welcome :-) Glad you like my blog. Of course please do come back and read my archives :-) Happy that this blog is getting some readership

Sandeep said...

good story...liking it more n more as i keep reading it!

i think you should always blog during the peak of ur exams or homeworks. thats when u seem to get your inspirations!!

Deeps said...

well written :) u shud write more Jans :)

janani said...

@sandeep - Hmm yeah. I guess my only chance to write a book is to work in a demanding place :-)

@deeps - Thanku :-)

RAJI MUTHUKRISHNAN said...

Nice one!

Thank you for stopping by my blog.

RaviB said...

I thought i lost my interest in mega serials ! This one did whet my appetite for it.