Husband Seva & Snakes
II begged Akka to keep it all a secret, Akka disagreed, and then later relented...
"Nee vai tarandaale pesarde poi, adukku onakku oru assistant, u open ur mouth to lie, then u need an accomplice" "Have I ever lied to u?" II demanded "NOT TO THIS EXTENT" Akka shouted "You could have told me... how did it all begin?' Akka asked "I dont know..." II lied "Did he aske u out?" Akka asked... "No... no.. not like that"
"then like how...?" Akka wanted every gory detail
"I refused to drink the coffee he paid for so handed
him the money for it, it was Rs.5 short it fell someplace... so he kissed me" II said swallowing the last part as best as she could "AYYOYO, nejamava? Are u kidding? U are kidding!" Akka shrieked "NO NO NO IAM NOT... WHY WOULD I" II begged "Ayyoyo... ethana kozhuppu, how dare he" Akka couldnt HELP smile... SHE DID... SHE DID FULLY
II stood up "Lets go home ka" she said patting her face to get rid of the heat
Akka stood up slowly... "have u seen his girlfriend?"
"Hmmm" said II opening the door, as she threw her empty paper cup and akka's in the trash by the door
It was good for II to see Akka not throwing up anything... Akka was in shock but but not sick
"How is she? 6 foot tall and gorgeous?" Akka asked sadly "No 5 feet tall and cute as a button, with a tiny nose and tiny hands... and big boobs" II said disgusted Akka giggled... "Ishita... its your office" "I know... lets go home... this is over now" she said, sullen
Akka wandered... her mind a mess...
She wondered if she should tell Ssam, "will R&B?" "Will he hide it?"
"I cannot believe u asked him" Ii was offended
"Well HE WONT, YOU WONT.. some one has to" Akka said proudly
"athim kitta sonneya?" "Did u tell Bala" she asked
"Ummm... no" Akka said sadly "It didnt work out any way so.."
akka followed her thoughtful and pensive...
Akka was deeply disappointed, well... not as much as II... her love story didnt take off but somehow crash landed...
Akka dropped her home, and she didnt tell Amma who dropped her and why...
Lay in bed staring at the ceiling fan, wondering how everything would have been in an ideal world... Amma came to get mail she pretended to sleep her face somber... she would later cry
She would go tell Appa "Subbu has left no, so she is upset"
She spent every evening Wed, Thursday and Friday practising for the Malai Mandir show... on Saturday the show was at 2, it was a grand success, she wore a purple silk saree with silver peacocks all over with platinum jhumkas and jasmine in her braid
She even had platinum nose ring on... her jhumkas were her newest acquisition so she wore them with cotton clothes as well...
Amma: Do u want to drop that bag off at Akka's kanna? Bala will give u a ride home? U can go check on her as well? I will go to Sheikh Sarai after dropping Appa. Appa's car has a oil leak no...
II: Sure ma..
Amma: Natesan Mami has recorded the whole thing for Sree, she has promised to send it to him...
II:Amma dont get so excited about Sree, I want some time... its not easy making such decisions
Amma looked startled, Ii was at the temple she was ATTEMPTING to speak the truth A: Ishita, he is an educated man, good looking, if they get funding for their idea then there is no stopping them, I mean data analytics is such a cutting edge field
II: I know ma... but Sree OK va irukaan enakku exciting aa ille I am not excited..Amma and her walked down the stone steps from up the hill... II held her saree and pallu elegantly in one hand holding Amma's elbow with the other...
A:What is this Ishita this is not a movie. You dont look for excitement in a marriage, its not an amusement park thrill ride II:It CAN BE (husky) A:Epdi mudiyum, how is it possible? Whatever they show in movies is all fake kanna... there is no such thing in real life
II: I dont know ma...
A:two people asked me today if u are engaged or if there is anybody we are looking at.. (proud)
Despite Subbu's pathetic behavior II was extremely sought after for her GORGEOUS looks and elegance and her career, not to mention singing skills
II:Did u tell them I dont cook much Iyer food?
A: Dont worry Sree cooks a lot Natesan Mami said, pasta, pizza and all
A: U shud also cook for him, not just make him cook, all the modern current day marriages I am told husband cooks half the time (dismissive)
II:If wife can have a career husband can cook ma
A: I agree kanna, I know Bala does too for Vandu... but as women.. (Amma dragged)
II: ya wives are supposed to serve their husbands ONAKKU RAKSHASAN LAYAKKU, HE WILL LAY BACK LIKE A KING AND EVEN MAKE ME PUT HIS CLOTHES ON HIM U need Rakshasan for a son in law Amma he is a BUM.. he wont get a hair cut, he wont do any work
Just lay there smirking...
A: appa is here so dont speak negative things...
II: Saying no to Sree is not negative, because uve lined up three more, avaloda pesikko (sniggering)
A:Its not a joke kanna.. (angry)
Amma paused at the bottom step, serious... "is it because of what happened with Subbu u are so nervous?" "Ummm ille ma" "Then what kanna, u seem disturbed, Sree is a good man.. avanum vendaam solrey... Appa retires in two years" "That has NOTHING to do with my life Ma" II was irritated...
"OK Ishita, i will say it bluntly, if its all intended to delay, then let me tell you, we will keep suggesting someone or the other and wont sit still until u agree to one" Amma said looking straight into her eyes
"Appa retires in two years, we are not "those" parents that will say "Oh our daughter has a great career aval kalyaname vendaam sollitta so she moved to Ireland, we are going to Coimbatore" Amma bit out "Amma paavam Narayanan Mama, dont say like that" Ii begged
Their daughter was in their early 30s , after an affair with a Bihari guy got disapproval, she took off, they returned to Coimbatore
"Its a fact Ishita, even Murthy Mama's son is behaving that way only, he wanted to marry a Assamese girl they didnt agree, now he is doing pidivadam, zid, they might agree it looks like" Amma shook her head
"In our house Appa will NEVER agree for any other caste, you know him... Punjabis are generous good looking and kind and protective but they are not Iyers" they eat meat and drink liqour.. WHY Madhu Iyer would quote an example from THAT state only she knows or she is clairvoyant knowing of things to come?
II blushed a beautiful red..."I know what good loking is and protective is and generous? MAYBE NOT
Rakshasan is hounding me for Rs.2036... KIND? he is NOT... he is a devil...
"Romba flashy ya irunda Appa doesnt like... he doesnt like showy men, Sree is smart and not showy.."
Appa gave up and walked over "Enna ponnukku kovil padi la ninnu upadesham? What preaching on the temple steps?" "Oh nothing... I was telling her about that Murthy Mama's son, and those two other proposals that came..." Amma said with pride "We dont need any more ma, she is set with Sree" Appa gushed "I dont like him that much pa" II started feebly Appa looked FU-RI-OU-S...
"amma hushed and shushed them.. "atthukku poi pesalam, lets go home, she is just saying... she needs time" AMMA TRIED TO GLOSS OVER IT
"No Ma, I had all the time... enakku onnum, i dont find anything" II stopped did not dare use EXCITING in front of Appa..
As an Iyer girl some things were just taboo
Appa said "Lets take an auto she can take her car to Vandu's" he said angrily
"appa you dont have to be so upset, I am taking an auto" she walked away to her car to grab the bags
that needed to go to Akka's, tailors, some snacks, some magazines, the barter system that happens between locally married daughters and mothers "Natesan Mami's tall dabba is in there I put some pottukadalai laddoo, split gram laddoos in it" Amma pacified a sulking daughter "Kanna u are wearing flowers in ur hair u dont like to take an auto like that no, Appa is right we will take an auto" Amma cajoled her
"No Ma, tell Appa, not to be angry, he can manipulate me with another groom soon" Ii sulked and walked to an auto
"Eligible Iyer boys" as they are called ogled and stared openly, as they stopped by to pick up parents, aunts from the Cutcheri outside the temple gates She walked unmindful, tall, gorgeous, her jhumkas bobbing... carrying three Shoppers Stop bags and her purse, wearing her almost backless choli and flowers in her hair
She waved an auto, the way to Munirka was Eastward on the same road, she hopped on "DDA Flats bhaiya F block" she sulked
and looked out, got off paid him Rs.10 more than what he asked for Rs.50 instead of Rs.40 and walked around Akka's building... found a red Spiderman costume on the street
She recognized it she had asked a gora class mate at GT to buy and send for her last Hallloween... for the BRAT... she fumed, picking it up
Walked in a angry tizzy up the three floors.. the front door was open... she heard giggles from Shravu's room.. the tube light was on.. it was looking like it would rain...
"Shravu, VAA INGE NEE, NO HALLOWEEN FOR U, NO COSTUME, I AM GOING TO MUMMIFY YOU NEXT TIME PAATHINDE IRU NE, JUST WATCH"
Shravu lay in bed, ermmm. leaned on the headboard.. half on half on a talll tall man, playing his DS,
the tall man LAY BESIDE HIM, in a moss green cargo...
and a watered down lemon yellow half sleeve shirt with shoulder and sleeve strap,
with a vest inside, twirling his hair, reading a book with earbuds on, every few seconds
he snaked his fingers out and tickled the brat... naming one snake or the other
NO SIGN OF ANY ONE ELSE