Sorority & Call of Duty
Sunday of Akka's pregnancy announcement
Akka and Shravu stayed over night, Appa slept in the study, and Amma and Shravu slept in their room, Akka got more "time" with II
They talked about everything under the sky... how they grew up, gossip about Athais and Mamas and their kids, and expressed mean thoughts about people that were mean to Amma Appa
Said nice things about relatives that are truly nice, talked about vacations in Madurai... talked about the cute guys II ogled at at Akka's wedding, 12 years ago, when was only 15
She wore davani/half saree for the events, the wedding was in Madurai... and so finding gorgeous color combinations of the traditional sungudi (a pattern of little tie and dye circles across cotton fabric)
Akka still teased her about a guy in Bala's side... a TALL 20 year old called Prashant that was in IIT Madras... "My first crush Akka" II had a faraway look "Ippo madiri FB IG, Twitter irunda you could have kept intouch, none existed then u know.. u could have been "childhood sweethearts" Akka giggled
II dozed on her side... they shared this four poster bed for the longest time, it was larger than a King size...
Akka talked about being pregnant and the job of raising a baby...
II stared spell bound, hand under her cheek, like Akka was narrating a story
"U JUST KNOW, Ishita, when u find that someone... I dont want u to constantly think about marraige... its not the be all and end all of everything, but I cannot imagine life without Bala"
Akka blushed "Hes a rockstar Akka" II gushed "there are many rockstars out there pattu kutti, u shud have an open heart" Akka said sombrely
They were over 7 years apart... like II was almost a surprise... a pleasant one...
Smart intelligent... focussed... and scatter brained about many life things
"See uve spent 27 years thinking about work, school and career, think about yourself too kanna" Akka said.. "I will" II muttered..
"We dont live in a individualistic society, we cannot do anything ONLy for our happiness, we do things that make everyone happy.. sometimes I want to live with Bala and Shravu also, but Bala's parents dont care for his brother's wife in Ambala
She doesnt treat them well, so I know they will be with us only" Akka said sombrely
II hugged her and felt teary... "Do I wish Bala were rich and wealthy? No! Do I wish his parents didnt live us? No! Do I wish Bala were as educated as you? No!" Akka said firmly
There was no competition or sibling rivalry between the two... a rare good friendship that seems to have lasted into their adult years
She got up to throw up a couple times, "Amma ezhuppattuma shud I wake her?"
Vandu smiled and patted her cheek "Dont worry, do u remember how I was with Shravu? threw up until I went to the hospital to deliver him"
"STILL U WANTED MORE?" II asked baffled... "I WILL WANT MORE AFTER THE SECOND KANNA" Akka became teary... "Why?" Ii asked... "U will know" Akka teased...
"Ayyo enakku onnu kooda vendaam, I dont want even one" II said terrified
"WHY are u afraid?" Akka asked
"I made careful decisions about everything ka, I some how feel I cannot be a good mother, I worry I cannot be a good employee.. I cannot be a good mother... both"II cried
"U see ME. U see Amma" Akka offered
"I know..everything is in my control now, I feel things will fall apart... what if I am not a good mother like u and Amma?"
WHY ARE U AFRAID? U do everything else well, sing, work why not motherhood?" Akka asked
"I am afraid" II said
"Trust me, u wont be when u find the right guy" Akka said fondly
"Athim is an angel he does SO MUCH FOR SHRAVU. MY LUCK MY GUY WILL BE A BUM" II said "Like R&B?" Akka asked gently
II put her arm over her eyes, praying Akka cant see the color flood her face
"Why R&B?" she asked "Ille... madyanam u used the word BUM for him, in the afternoon" Akka teased "His kids wont talk I think" II said furious "WHY?" Akka asked... "U know... avana madiriye QUIET... AND VESHAMAM... mischievous" II muttered sick.. "Urs will not stop talking" Akka said "I like mine" II said Atleast to compete with him she wanted some...
Sunday Akka sent her to Munirka to drop lunch off, for Bala and his parents... and then she wnet to Bala Mami's to practice
amma insisted she wear a saree, she wore a lemon yellow Bengal cotton saree, the weather was warming up rapidly with no signs of winter left, after Lohri
Akka wanted her to bring back Shravu's home work from Munirka, she forgot her phone at home...
"U are going there tonite, why not have him do it ka?" she yelled
"Po di, he has to finish bring it please" Akka begged
Amma wanted her to drop off something in Munirka at the South Indian store... a appliance for repair
"I cant even take naps" she moaned...
She came home at 4 ish after doing all the errands... and practice
"I am selling my car" she sulked
"Can I take my nap now?' she asked
"Nice saree kanna" Akka gushed
"WHAT DO U WANT?" Ii asked "Nothing babe... just complimenting
"CHITHI IS HERE... YAY I CAN GO NOW.." shravu jumped up waving her phone
"Kudu da" she snatched..
She saw 4 calls from a strange number
"Who called da?'
"NANDAN" he said smugly "WHY MY PHONE? WHAT HAPPENED TO UR AMMA'S OR APPA'S?" "Appa is home, Amma didnt bring hers" Vandu offered gleefully
"Chithi can we go now?" Shravu jumped all over her saree...
She hugged and rolled with him on the sofa...
"We went to the mall yesterday da, nowhere chithi needs her nap"
She undid her hair clip and let her hair free fall
"No chithi, no chithi please to Nandu's"
II JUMPED OUT OF HER SEAT
"Did u do ur home work? Amma asked..
Shravu made a dirty face, quickly grabbed the bag Ishita brought sat down and whipped it all out in an hour...
"NOW CHITHI WILL TAKE U" Akka gushed "enna velayadreya I AM NOT GOING" she warned shakng her finger
"See if I wasnt sick I would have taken ur car" almost crying
"STOP IT DRAMA QUEEN. DID I ASK U TO GET PREGNANT? PO KA... NO.. I AM NOT GOING THERE" she cried
"shhh Ishita STOP IT WHY ARE U FUSSING SO MUCH?"Amma scolded
"YAARU NAANA? FUSS PANRENA? ME? ASK UR DAUGHTER that befriend multi millionaires and expects me to chauffer her son" Ii yelled
Akka went off to throw up...
"Paavam di aval, she is so sick" Amma said
"SHE IS NOT SICK... SHE IS PREGNANT,"II lamented
WHO ASKED THEM DO GET PREGNANT? ONE SHRAVU IS ENOUGH.. I WILL NOT CHAUFFER THAT LITTLE GIRL TO PLAY WITH LASYA 5 YEARS FROM NOW
MUDIYAVE MUDIYADU.. NO NO...
I MADE A CLEAN BREAK ON THURSDAY... I ENDED IT... I DONT WNAT TO COMPLICATE MY LIFE... HE HAS A GF, A VAGABOND LIFESTYLE... I DONT WANT TO KNOW ANY MORE "Before Appa comes go drop him kanna" Amma begged
Akka went and laid down, Ii worried, and propped her head up
"This baby is putting u through the wringer" She kissed Akka's forehead
"I bet u will have super easy pregnancies"Akka blessed her "I dont even want one, dont give me plural kids" II muttered Shravu was all ready...
Amma made chai for her as bribe...
She drank quietly.. Amma and Vandu talked about how make room for the baby in the Mnirka apartment
"I am buying ALL PINK THINGS... AND ALL BLUE THINGS JUST HOPE ITS TWINS"
"Edu seruppa, ruk maarti hoon tujhe laath" Akka yelled
"I hope its twins... I hope I move to Mumbai by then... and then u can find a new chauffer" she said gleefully
It was close to 6:30
"Shravu why did u give Nandan MY number?" she accused "I didnt chithi Nandan called all by himself"
WHO GAVE HIM MY NUMBER?
Shravu took off inside the moment the guard opened the door @ Shanti Niketan, she reversed to pull out and peeked in the back seat
HE WAS GONE WITH HER PHONE, HE WAS PLAYING TEMPLE RUN AND TOOK OFF WITH IT
AYYYO... EVLAV GAMES DA.. HOW MANY GAMES DO U NEED? CONSTANTLY PLAYING ON SOMETHING
NOW MY PHONE IS GONE
R&B was on the phone talking to his team...moss green cargos and two tees layered carelessly, darker long sleeved inside and a lighter tan half sleeve outside..
"I have most of the things on the three, the 4th, SmartGro I am still missing 7 year forecasts I am not impressed with SmartGro's 5 year plan.
He listened... "I know the risk level is low, there are no regulatory issues to deal with its a SOFTWARE THAT MAKES FARMERS MAKE INTELLIGENT YIELD DECISIONS But I am not sold on the risk vs reward thing" he concluded
He listened some more and laughed
"Really, the name sounded Indian"
Thai partner:Smart Gro is owned by a US based Malayisian Indian I am told, some Siva Prakasam
R&B: Oh? Thanks... I didnt read that part
French guy 1: Lets roll on the 3 and on SmartGro, we'll hold off until they can answer R&B's questions?
R&B: my Qs and Duff's (French Partner) questions... I understand their competition or lack of it, I understand their market size,
its as big as the United State itself, but not sold on the numbers..
French guy: Market size data I already asked for should be on its way
R&B: Smartgro's first product launch should be within 6 and not 16 months...
The Thai guy joked..."So where is your investment opportunity?"
R&B: I am still scouring... (grinning)
Thai guy: Falling in love with someone tall and beautiful AND SMART?
R&B Tall check Beautiful check smart check... LOVE (he stopped)
They joked about something else...
He saw a car pull up, a silver Toyota, he walked out to his sister's balcony.. his favorite place in any house
A tall skinny woman in a yellow saree got off... shut the back door after a kid ran inside
His half smile came and went...
Her hair was down.. and messy, tied with a string like clip...
She pulled away and then came back... he listened to the French men speak
She saw her step out and plead with the guard, he shook his head
Nandan played the Wii in the room he was working out of...
Shravu screamed his way in, he signalled to be quiet
His partners on the phone joked... he grinned an joked...
The woman still argued...
He put his partners on hold... and went to the wall and picked up the intercom...
"Kya hua bahar?' "Woh ladka unka phone lekar chala aa gaya Nandu baba se milne, woh keh rahi hai hamey ki hum le aaye, duty chhodkar kaise aaye?"
She went to lock up her car and turn out the lights
"Haan aap duty mat chhodo...Aap wahin raho, unko andar bhejo" he said smiling devilishly
And went back on his call...
Went back to the balcony, and watched her walk in belligerently...