Monday, October 10, 2005

Oru Paatu Paadri!!

Navarathri brings everyone sweet(or salty depending on whether you like sundals or payasam!) memories from the past. In my case, this Navarathri time is next only to my Bank experiences.

Ladies function!! So, have to wear traditional dress, plait the hair, put on some 'muzhams' of jasmine flower and wear a smiley! In short, have to behave like a girl!! If this is not enough, folks would be reminding that neighbourhood 'mami(s)' and 'vaandu(s)' have invited for 'Golu' 2-3 times already and they have already collected their 'vethalai paakku' and that I haven't!! If it is a 1-2 days affair, there is a slim chance of escape. But this goes on for 9 days!!!

So, to get-it-over-with, when I step into one of the houses, an elder of the house will start with 'vaadimma, ippavavadhu vazhi therinjudha?' and end with 'oru paatu paadri'!! This uncomfortable situation is like an examination hall, where even if you know you cannot answer any of the questions, you have to sit an hour before handing over the paper! Here, having come all the way, one cannot go home empty-handed(without the sundal). So, just have to dodge till they give up and in the mean time listen to 'Paatte theriyaadha? Cinema paataavadhu paadu'!! Atlast when I step out of the house triumphantly with the sundal packet, it is time to visit next house and the loop starts again!!

14 comments:

keerthi said...

actually, this time all in our team (just guys) are visiting each houses and collecting sundals today. with the rough unshaven faces, nobody dares to ask me a song.

but hey, its a pleasure.. all mami's have come home and what a colorful week it was.. too many kids.. looking awe at the Golu.. and the male kids were at my back to put all possible games on my comp.

ellarum serndhu oru Ambaal pattu padina parunga.. kalakks.

Raju said...

hahaha.. maamis vidaakkandana irundha neenga kodaakkandanaa irundhiruppeenga pola....

No trouble for guys... just go, see golus, eat sundals, listen to songs and come back.. But, after sometime got bored of "Bhagyadha Lakshmi baramma", which was the most common song.

Munimma said...

Yep, been there done that. I stopped going after some time, coz, en paatu enakke porukkalai :-)

Nowadays, my older girl is my buffer. Someone asks me to sing, I point to my daughter. Advantages of teaching music to the kids.

And then, there are those ladies who will sing, just because thappithavari, we ask everyone, by rote, to sing. Ayyo,yen ketomtu ayidum.

But all said and done, it is fun and good memories.

Balaji said...

"have to wear traditional dress, plait the hair, put on some 'muzhams' of jasmine flower and wear a smiley!" - adhellam paakka thaane naanga povom :-)

Vijay Ramamurthi said...

ditto balajis comment

tt_giant said...

he he.. nice one.

hey.. sometimes we guys had to sing too!. vocal music kathundrukum bodhu, torture thaanga mudiyaadhu!.

Me too said...

Keerthi, 'Dada' style 'sundal' vasoolraja-va?

Raju, aama! semma kodaakkandanaan!

Munimma, yeah, fun and good memories(especially to blog!)!

Balaji, Alaipayuthey Madhavan style-a?

Vijay, welcome back! Navarathri full-a irundhu nalla 'paathuttu' vara maadiri plan pannalaya trip?

Deepak, ada, ungalayuma? You learnt carnatic music?

tt_giant said...

Yea, for a while!.

Adaengappa !! said...

Oru Paatu Paadri!!


How about an audio blog of yours...??

Navrathri Greetings !!

Me too said...

Deepak, wow! appo, ungala paduthardhu nyayam dhaan(vera eppo paadaporeenga!)!

Adengappa, audio blog ennange, unga ooru subway-leye vandhu paaduren(enna konjam sillaraiyavadhu paakalaam!)! Appadiye unga mele en netrikannai therakkaren!!

Sadhashiv said...

hey.. you wearing saris and plating hair and putting flowers etc... i think i got to see that only once and that was in your marriage... just because you are blogging it doesnt mean you can write whatever you want

Me too said...

Sad, neenga Madras poora s(ight)undals-kku alanjittu, kadaiseeya vandha naanga sari, plait, flowers-oda iruppoma?

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