Life's like a box of chocolates
"Things in life happen for a reason they say" ... with a "Southern accent". Amma and Appa headed to NOIDA to meet Brig Moorthy at 6.
Appa picked up Amma at Andrews Ganj, he left early from North Block and spent an hour
weaving through the AIIMS mess to get to KV Andrews Ganj, they headed towards Ashram on Ring Road
"Aval enga pora, where is she going?" Appa asked "Edo friend sonna" Amma said NOT revealing the whole truth but not lying either "Yaaru" "Australia poralam, farewell sonna, she is headed to Syd so farewell" Amma said haltingly "Good good, youngsters should enjoy weekends, these days they are all going clubs and bars., Ishita is a very good young lady" Appa beamed in Iyer style "yes, she has given us so many things to be proud of" Amma agreed "Yes, Subbu was a black mark, more like Subbu is a black mark" Appa said vehemently
He was a man in his early 60s, old fashioned even HE wasnt so obsessed with his Amma or his mentally retarded Anna
It was shameful for Appa to think a man in 2015 would be such a "Mamm's boy" "Seri vidungo" Amma said, we are going for a good thing... "Yes, Squadran Leader Ashwin Moorthy, he is 6 feet tall, what Sector they are in NOIDA?" "Amma looked at her text Army Sector 37?" Appa waited at the Ashram signal, 10, 15 minutes passed... there was a jam all the way up to the Mayur Vihar bridge they were told... Amma texted Mrs Moorthy... they said they could wait until 6:30. They had to go to some Army Officers Wives Gala at 7 Amma Appa, waited at the intersection at 6:30, Appa somehow managed to turn left towards Nizamuddin and take the by lanes and they returned to South Ex and eventually to RK Puram Sector 12 at 7 Mrs Moorthy texted saying "We are sorry, dont worry we are headed to Malai Mandir on Saturday for Thai Poosam festival, we will come see you" Amma was very happy... Appa, a very religious man, a man that equated delays and cancellations as divine intervention (they call it sahunam in Tamil)suspected this was not good news, he didnt tell his wife tho He couldnt bear to see her disappointed again about Ishita, first Subbu, then Sree, then Ashwin? No no, everything with be OK "Krishna" appa prayed mentally His wife had even planned the sarees to get for Ishita both at the time of Subbu and Sree... and WHAT the "tiffin" (Iyer wedding breakfast) should be Based on recent South Delhi weddings of Iyers/Iyengars she had been part of... They walked up the stairs as Amma chattered about WHAT to make for Moorthys' visit tomorrow, "theratti paal and bonda?" "Milk cake and potato bonda" "Appa said "Sure!!" CHEERFULLY Appa changed, Amma hadnt, they tuned to Sun TV after checking on Peraippa, Amma put a quick batch of idlis for dinner
The door bell rang, Appa lowered the TV volume, let down his folded veshti and opened the door.. turned on the bigger lights in the living room
Ranjan Bhalla stood at the door... Appa was startled... "Oh! hello" he said politely
"Is this a good time Sir?" Ranjan asked
"Yes it is, Yes it is," Appa said inadervetently not intending to be rude
(Who knew it was indeed a "good time")
"Ranjan bearing two huge boxes, of dry fruits expensive mithai and chocolates, atleast 5lbs of each
"What is this" Appa asked smiling
"Just something for you all, Ishita can have it if u cant"
Appa noticed he was not referring to her as Ms Iyer Amma peeked from the kitchen, pulling her pallu over her shoulder, kinda "Iyer respectfully" Hello Mr Ranjan, welcome" she said..And looked to see if she had
decoction for filter coffee
Appa and him sat down
Amma came and sat down also
"How is everything Mr Iyer?"
"Good Good" said Appa hiding his disappointment from earlier, skilfully
"What brings u here?" Amma asked
She got up to get water and arranged for filter coffee...
"Is Ishita not home? Ranjan asked
"No, she went for a farewell, some friend is going to Australia" APPA SAID
AMMA dropped the sugar dabba's lid in the kitchen, it clattered to the flooor "Incidentally my daughter thats studying for her Ph D in Sydney is also leaving tomorrow night" Ranjan said extremely happy "What a coincidence":Appa said "Yes in fact there is a aparty for her now at our place, she visits every 3 or 4 months, but u know youngsters" Ranjan gushed Appa shifted uncomfortably, and looke dt Amma... she looked away...
Amma served coffee murukku and coconut burfi
Ranjan drank from the davar tumbler. He asked why Amma Appa were not having any, they said its dinner time
"Well I am here to ask u something and hope you wont decline" Ranjan said "I will come straight to the point. I cannot talk windingly (MUST BE LIKE HIS SON MAN OF FEW WORDS)
Amma felt a churn strangely in the pit of her stomach...
"I would like my son Raman to marry your daughter Ishita Mr Iyer. I want her to be my daughter-in-law" he said cheerfully.
Amma & Appa's expression?
Well all that and more coming up...
Edited by Nisha0604 - 6 years ago