Sparkling Life

Aashu…Where is the charger?
“Sarvagnya Saandhra Karuna Samaanaadhika Varjitha”
Aashu… I am asking you… not the wall… You used my laptop’s charger last night… Where is it… I am getting late…
It is on my dressing table Kausthub… Let me finish chanting Lalitha Sahasranamam… Don’t disturb… Ssshhh…
Oops.. I am sorry… Carry on…
As she chanted Lalitha Sahasranamam aloud, Aashritha served breakfast to her husband Kausthub  and ran behind her naughty four year old son Aarav, who was throwing tantrums to eat… 
Aashu I am sorry I can’t drop Aarav to school and you to work today… I am getting late… Please drop him at school and drive to work today… I am sorry…Bye!
Kausthub..wait
What yaar!
Arey, take the charger…
Oh yes… Thanks bye di…
Wiping the sweat off her face with her maroon cotton saree’s pallu, Aashritha smiled and lifted her 4 yr old, who had dirtied his hands with the clay…
Aarav baby… She called him affectionately and kissed on his cheek inhaling the baby smell from his face while Aarav applied some clay on his mother’s face and chuckled loudly… 😀
She smiled and tied his shoe lace…
Aashritha made her son sit on the baby seat of her 2 wheeler and sped to work… Dropping Aarav at school, she raced her 2 wheeler to the institute to train a batch of new MBAs for soft skills.

Aashritha sat on a soft brown leather chair in her cabin, sipping hot coffee, preparing for the 5 hour seminar…
Madam will arrive in the next 10 min…please take your seats…  said the attender to the students..
A tall-fair-heavy built South Indian woman in a maroon colored crisp cotton saree, with papers and books entered into the class room… Adjusting her spectacles, she introduced herself as Aashritha Kausthub, faculty-HRM and Talent Acquisition head of Sparks Talent School, one of the top institutes for learning and development in South India…
The topic for the day’s seminar was emotional intelligence and its impact on employee’s stress… Aashritha, with all enthusiasm conducted the seminar… She dealt with the topic so well that, all through the seminar, the students were in awe…
The seminar got over in exact 5 hours…

Madam…Madam…Excuse me…
Yes..
Can I talk to you for 5 min please? I need some tips from you…
Sure…Meet me in my cabin after 10 min… I have an important person to attend…
Director – Dr. Aashritha Kausthub .. read her cabin’s board…
Aashritha was the director of Sparks talent school…
Madam, there is someone waiting for you outside…
Call him in yaar…
Hello Madam…
Hii… Take your seat and please talk slowly… She smiled and said, signalling her index finger down, as she rocked Aarav to sleep on her lap…
I am Hari, I just finished my MBA… I am also an employee of Solaris info systems… My company sponsored my higher studies… Thing is, I am very much stressed after work and I find it very difficult to handle so many pressures… At work I am pressurized, at home there is no happiness… My wife and I quarrel almost every day about my late home-coming.. My son stopped talking to me coz I had left for an outing with my colleagues on his birthday… I find it very difficult to handle things everywhere… My life is so disturbed… I find it very difficult…At times, I feel like killing myself.. Though I hate the job that I am doing, I am doing it to run my family, to fulfill their needs… None tries to understand me….
I understand your pressures Hari… Have coffee first… We’ll talk about this…
Thank you Madam..
Well, let me begin with…
Remember that you are working to improve some one else’s business… While you are working your Sunday off, there is some one enjoying a vacation with his family in some other country… Though the company pays you well and gives you all the incentives and benefits, are you using it well, for the sake of your family?
Your company gives you health coverage and everything for aged-parents… They use it too… Accepted, they are happy with it…But have you ever tried talking to your mother whose heart aches while you spend all your day working tirelessly, ignoring your meals… Have you ever hugged your son in the past few months… Did you accompany your wife to the grocery or do you even know what she cooked for dinner last night?
Hari, life is very short…I know you are working hard to save for the future… While it is necessary to work and focus on career up-gradation, you should also realise that you are sometimes over-working for someone else… Many of you these days are not enjoying the work you do… That is because many of you are going in a comparative spree… Right from choosing what to study, where to work and making investments, you are all just copying some one else… To show off to the world, many of you suppress your talents and go on with the trend, you join some big organization, just to make money.. You end up not enjoying your work and get depressed… If you are not happy with the work you are doing, remember, it was you who chose to work there…so you will have to bear with it all your life… Try to learn your work, show interest in it and you’ll slowly love what you are doing…
Have you ever realised that your wife is quarreling with you coz you are not paying attention to her and your son’s needs………
Earning loads for tomorrow’s happiness, to show off to the backstabbing society, neglecting all your loved ones, your health, your food and your talent, will ruin today’s joy, it  leads to dis satisfaction in life.. One will never have happiness for ever if he or she runs just behind money…
Dint I tell you that I have an important person to attend, it is him, my son Aarav.. I take classes for 5 hours when he goes to school… I finish it by the time he is here… My first priority is to my family… My child needs me…So, I am a mother first, and then the faculty and then the director of this institute.. 🙂
Give your family and loved ones the first priority…And then comes work…Once you start giving different priorities to things in life, you will automatically start loving your job… Then, success is all yours… You will start loving your life… Stay confident always… I need not tell you anything more… Today you are not working… So go home early… Make a call to your parents and talk to them… Help your wife with the dinner and play with your son… It all depends on how well you handle and balance things in life… Once the good moments pass, they wont come back again… Live the moment well.. Live for yourself and your dear ones…. 🙂 🙂 🙂
Thank you madam… I realized where I went wrong… Thank you so much…
Bye Hari… Happy evening to you… 🙂

Aarav..you woke up so early…Shall we go home? She said pampering her son who woke up to his mother’s phone ringing… She wiped Aarav’s face with the wet tissue… Packing her bag, collecting her books and notes, wearing her goggles, along with Aarav she drove back home as the golden sun rays of Dusk mildly fell on her face…

*Few hours later*
Kausthub came home tired and irritated…
Aashu…Coffee please… I have a bad head ache…
Here it is… Have coffee and relax..
Aashu… I had a bad day at work di..
I understand….Let me finish cooking dinner and we can discuss it later… Aarav is awaiting you since long…He needs your help with the homework..go sit with him…

Tired and weak, Kausthub went and sat beside his son….
Aarav smiled and hugged his father tight…
Shall we help Amma in making mammum?
Yesh appa… 😀
Lifting Aarav in his arms, Kausthub headed towards the kitchen…
Aashu, shall I chop these carrots and onions?
I am done making dinner…Could you boys arrange the plates on the table?
After dinner, Aashritha put her son Aarav to sleep beside her…
Kausthub, he slept…now tell me how was your day, what happened at office?
Nothing di…One of my sub-ordinates did a small mistake with the finance reports which were about to lead the whole company into a great loss… My CEO was angry at me coz I took my sub-ordinate’s blame on me… My job was almost at stake and then my sub-ordinate told that it was his fault… I called for a meeting and decided to hold training classes for the 250 people who are working under me… I din’t know how well will the CEO accept this idea of mine… I was worried…. All these gave me a head ache.. I just wanted some peace and then when Aarav hugged and smiled at me, I forgot everything… I asked Aarav why he hugged me and he said ” Appa, if I do something, amma scolds me and if I cry, Amma gives me a kichie and hugs me… ”
Indeed, his love and affection got me rid of all the tensions… Come what may, I can face it…tomorrow is a long way to come… How was your day Aashu…
It was good Kausthub… Do you want Aarav’s amma’s hug to make your day even better??
Hahaha Aashu who would say no to it? … 😀

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Love and affection from dear ones always stand as our back bone when we have bad times… All it takes is 10 min a day for our dear ones… There is no use cribbing about all those good moments you think you could have created that day…. This is the time, the moment waits for you…so go ahead and surround yourself with all the love you get.. 🙂

😀 ❤
Meenakshi 😉

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Confusions and Pranks

Ellarukkum Namaskaaram… MBA mudichitu podara first kalaai post idhu daan… Advance thanks to all those who are going to congratulate me on the completion of my Masters degree…. Anyway, till I get a job I am vetty and I am going to tickle you all to laughter….

“Engellaam Meenu povalo ange kandippa comedy kalavaram undaagum, where ever Meenu is, there is surely some comical disturbance “ — Words by my Thopanaar (Appa) Sri Sri Sri Prem Shankar Sharma.  😛 😀
“Epdi daan enaku nu ipdi onnu vandhu vaachuruku…..Ellam appidiye appa madiri” — Words in pun by my Thaayaar (Amma) Smt. Chitra Prem Shankar. 😛 😀
“Naan escape aagarthuku, enaku nu kadaicha varam… En thangachiee”  — Words of a Happy Akka Saraswathi Prem Shankar 😛 😀

Dear readers, adhaan mela padichele enga athu membervaals oda views ah… ipdi daan pala per ennaala badhikka patruka… I have got loads of addi, thittu and loads of love from the above 3 people as a child, for playing pranks and many such leelais…. Though my family thinks I have grown up to be a matured , silent and sophisticated person, I have dis-proven their thoughts constantly, with all the leelais I did 😛 .. Read on and have fun….

#1. At College:  It was 4 years ago, when I was doing my Under graduation… 2nd yr B.Sc. Biotechnology at VM Women’s college, Hyderabad…. I was a very serious and focused student to most of my lecturers (I have to keep up the Tambrahm Clan’s name iliya 😉 ) … I was in the dramatics team of college and often we used play skits and stage plays…. I would write, direct and conduct plays in the college…. It so happened that, the next day of Karadaiyan nombu, after staging one humorous play, I acted as a married Hindu woman, I had to rush for a lecture, by one guest lecturer from IICT that day…. After the class, the lecturer came to me and asked…
Lecturer: What is your name?
Me : Meenakshi Prem Shankar
Lecturer : Tamilian?
Me (Proudly) : Yes Madam, I am an Iyer… Tambrahm…
Lecturer (With all smiles) : Heyyy!!! Naanum Iyer daan….. Hey.. you look like you are married….
Me : 😮 😮
Lecturer : Eyyy… Noku Kalyanam aayacha… Nethi la azhaga Sindoor ellam vechrukai… Mookuthi elaam potrukai azhhaga…Kazhuthu la manjal saradu 😮 😮 …. Aana indha jeans laam yen potukarai college ku?
*I took this as a nice opportunity to prank the guest lecturer*
Me : Amam mami…aiyo sorry Madam…. 😀
Lecturer : Class la vaenna Madam nu kupituko…After class enna bheshaa Mami nu kupidu…Kekarthuke nanna iruku da kanna….
Me : 😀 🙂 Seri mamii 😛
Lecturer: Ellam seri…aana nee indha jeans laam nanna illai… nee chinna ponnu daan…aana nambalukku nu oru respect vendaamo…. Un aathukarar unna thitta maataro?
Me (ashadu vazhinjufyingly) : hehehe haiyoo…avar ku naan jeans potunda daan pidikum mami…
Lecturer : 😀 😀 seri seri naaliki paarkalam…
Every day, before her class, I would take some kumkumam from my fore head and put it in between my magudu and after discussing Life Sciences, madam would discuss Wife Sciences with me… 😛 😀 😀 … A week passed and on the last day of the lecture, Madam came to me to tell bye…. I thought to tell her that I pranked her since the past one week….
Me : Uhh… Mami ungal kitta onnu sollanum..epdi nu teriyalai
Lecturer : Enna vishayam da kanna? enna indha maasam kulikaliya?
Me : Aiyo adhu laam illai…
Lecturer :  Pinna enna matter?
Me: Actually neku kalyanam ey aagalai… I staged a drama that day, where I played a married hindu woman and I forgot to clean my forehead after the drama coz I did not want to miss your lecture..And coz the day before the play was Karadaiyaan nombu, I wore the nombu charadu…It is not thaali…… Ungala konjam extra va ve prank panniyuten..Romba sorry Enna manichudungo please…. 😦
*Lecturer looks at my feet and does a face palm*
Lecturer : Aiyooo Rama… Cha! Appove un kaal la metti iruka nu pathrukanum…. It was my fault… aiyoo… Cha!
Me (unable to control my laughter) : I am very sorry Madam…Kochikadel please…
Lecturer : Paravallai da kanna… ippo illena enna, kalyanam aayitu oru naal nee naan sonna traditions , kudutha tips laam use panna daane porai… so no issues…. Between, unga amma appa ku nee ore ponna, contact number thaayen avaalodu…
Me (with sweaty palm) : Illai Illai.. Avaa kitta naan panninadha solladel please… Enna undu illai nu panniduva aathula… 😦
Lecturer: Hahaha Adhellam illai…. Unna neku romba pidichu pochu…en paiyan ku vaena unna paakalamo nu daan…
Me: Aiyo mami… I am only 19… neenga vera… en akka ku varan paathundrika…aval ku vaena kelungo…
Lecturer : Hahaha un mukhathula bhayatha paaru… Any help at IICT, please feel free to contact me da kanna…. You have won my heart… Aana eppo noku jadagam eduthalum en kitta sollu ena?
Me : 😀 😀 😀 paakalam…
*A year after this happened, the same person helped me with an internship at IICT and also helped me with my projects and presentations*

#Mami, if you happen to read this, I am sure you will remember me and have a great laugh… But yes,  enaku innum jadagam edukalai…so please call pannadel 😛

#2. At Radha Kalyanam – Koil la: I am usually a lakshanam ketta jenmam when it comes to dressing… I usually wear simple cotton kurtis with jeans and I hate wearing flowers to my hair while going out…. It so happened that once I had accompanied my parents to a Radha-Madhava Kalyanotsavam at BHEL, Hyderabad…. It was in the month of March…. Amma enna romba thitti class eduthu Salwar potuka vecha… Adhu mattum porum maa nu sonna, en thalai ya pinni loooooooooooong maiilgai poo maalai ah surutti surrutti thalai la vechivitta…. 😕 😡 nu moonjiya vechundu ponen… Pogara vazhila, amma kai la rendu valaiya kuduthu “Pesama idha potuko” nu thittina… Seri nu adhuvum potunden….
Swami Kalyanam ku koil la correcta reach aayitom… One mami was sitting beside me… 😀 eeh nu ilicha enna paathu… naanum 😀 eeeh nu ilichen… Aprom after the kalyanam and all, my cousin who organised the event, called amma and me to help his amma and wife to parimarofy to the Bhagavathars and Vaideekals and their families…. Engaloda andha ilicha mami also joined… Naan parimararche mami was seeing with all pride and lovvu…. I could sense something running in mami’s mind…Parthum paarkadha madri vittuten 😛
After all these, all of us sat to eat… Amma , naan en pakathula Ilicha mami… Enaku parimarina items laam naan chamatha chapten (Duh! who’d say no to Swami’s kalyana saapadu B) ) That mami was looking at me only while eating…. Saptu kai alambi , amma neku paaku kudutha, like a chamathu I politely declined ( Naan paaku, beeda laam nanna ve sapduven ok! B) ) 😛 … Mami nera amma ta poi: Unga ponnu ku paarkarela?
Amma : Amam mami..ippo daan recenta jadagam eduthom….
Mami looks at me and smiles and I too smiled eeeh 😀 nu …
Amma kitta pesitu mami came to me…
Mami: Un peru enna ma?
Me : Meenakshi
Mami : aaha peru madriye neeyum romba lakshanama irukai…
Me : 🙂 Ashadu vazhinjundu I smiled 😀
Mami : Enna ma pannindrukai nee?
Me : Naan B.Sc.Biotech final year la iruken mami…
Mami : Next enna? MS panna US ku poviya?
Me : Terilaiye mami… Bhagavan enna vazhi vidararo, adha eduthupen
Mami (Impressed with the word ‘bhagavan’) : Acho…Very nice… En paiyan US la daan ma irukaan… Un jadagam eduthachu nu amma sonna… indha phone la en paiyan oda photo paaru… US la MS panna poirkaan… Nee Facebok la irukei na avan kitta connect panniko
Me (Mind voice * Aiye naa enna ilicha vaay ah ungala madri…Chee*) : Aiyo mami, FB laam padippuku romba distraction nu naan adhula laam account vechukalai
Mami (Very impressed) : Aaha…indha kaalathila ipdi oru lakshanam aana ponna?
*Calls her mama* Yaenna inga vaango… Namba aathuku ival daan maatu ponnu
Me : Mami , sorry jadagam eduthadu enaku illai en akka ku…saari for naat clarifying it early itself
Mami : Cha! Vaango nna polaam….
😛 😛 😛

#3 After a Lecture:  I had once attended a lecture by some person at our Samajam… It was meant for the Tambrahm youngsters… Irony was, excluding me, the other youngsters were at least 40 yr old and 40+ yr old people… Hardly I could find anyone my age there…. I made faces at appa for taking me there…. After the lecture, there was a group of 2 55+ couples, who were new to Hyderabad…. They came to appa to ask some info about some vadhyar and caterer coz Appa knew many of them here…. As the talk was going on, Appa and one mama were discussing something about present day youngsters’ marketing techniques and what they are lacking (Appa was into Marketing and if he finds some one talk about marketing, God save the person then 😛 *Sorry paa* ). I gave a sudden entry there…
Appa : Meet my daughter Meenakshi… MBA pannitruka S*******s la
Mamis and Mamas : Hii kondhei… Ohhh MBA from S*******s … Major enna, minor enna?
Me: HRM major and minor is Marketing
Mama1 : Ohh Appa Madriye Marketing…super super….
Mama2: Girls ku HRM daan da best… You take up  HR job only ma?
Me : Seri uncle…
Mami1 : Hey padippu elaam irukatum… What are your hobbies?
Mami2 : Amam…indha kaalathu pasanga laam edho passion passion nu hobbies ah  ye profession ah eduthukara…
Me : I write…College news letter ku Management articles laam ezhuduven and then I have a blog… Other than that I love to cook,photography and oru alavu ku keyboard vaasippen and cartooning pannuven…
Mami1 : Heyy blog aah…. wow! Enna adhulayum management articles daana ezhuduvei boring ah?
Me : Haan edo short stories um ezhuduven…
Mami2: Hey en paiyan, oru blog link anupuvan… Aarya writes nu…adhula Meenu nu oru ponnu ezhudum…Semma comedy… Adhu nee padichrukiya? Oru article Please Ammaa vo edo… romba nanna ezhuduva… Have you read that blog?
Me : Yeah! Padichrukene…
Mami1 : Hey naan kooda adha appapo padipen….. Semaiya ezhuduval…Silappo too much ah poyidum..but they are nice… I want to meet her once..
Appa : Mami, andha Meenu Iyer ingiye irukale…
Mami1&2 : Enga??
Appa : Idho ival daan adhu… En ponnu Meenakshi daan andha Meenu Iyer 😀 😀 😀
Mami1 &2 : Yaenna, inga paathela, andha ponnu daan ival…konjam inga vaango nambal laam selfie eduthukalaam…
Me: Aiyo mami..naan laam avalo periya aal illai….
Mami2:  Illa ma…en paiyan ku unkooda pic eduthen nu kaamikaren… He likes you very much…
Me :  😛 Thambi ya chamatha padika sollungo mami 😛
Mami2 : Adi paavi… Nee chamathu nu la nanachen… Seriyaana vaal ah irupai pola!
Me : 😀 😛 😆

#4 Random mischief on people who call for matches for Akka: 
Once a mami called up to our land line… Amma was busy in Vishnu Sahasranama Parayanam…. I attended it…
Mami : Hello…Naan Bangalore lerndhu pesaren…
Me : Aahn chollungo mami…
Mami: Neengal aaru? Ponnoda amma va?
Me : Amam mami chollungo…
Mami gives all the matrimony details…
Me : Unga paiyan oda height ennadhu?
Mami : Anju adi anju angulam irupan…
Me : Aiyo! Enga akka ku seri pattu varamaatane 😕
Mami : Eyy… Ippo daane ponnu ku amma nu sonnai…. Enna kalyana Vishayam vechu valayadarthuku naan daana kadachen…Pichu puduven Pichu…
Me: Edha Cell oda coveriya? Nanna pichungo taataa 😛 😛 😛

Most of the time, instead of Appa, it is me who respond to all the parents’ messages and E-mails…
It so happened that, I had composed an E-mail message to one boy’s appa, who had asked about the jadagam’s match….
Dear Parent,
The horoscopes of your son Chi. Abeeceedee matches well with that of my daughter Sow. Saraswathi…. Please find the other details attached below..
Thanks and Regards,
Meenakshi Prem Shankar. (this is where I did the blunder 😦 )

A day later reply comes
Dear Parent,
I know you are not the parent of the girl, coz I too am the younger brother of the groom and as per the horoscope details you sent, I found it out that you are the girl’s younger sibling, It is very nice to connect with you like this… Please attach the photos of yours also, along with that of your sister’s…
Thanks and Regards,
DeeEehEfJee

Immediate reply to it from my end was
Dear Parent,
My slipper size is indeed gigantic, bigger than the regular ones all the girls wear, I have attached a picture of the slipper so that you can prepare yourself to get beaten by it , by chance if we ever meet….

Thanks and Regards,
Dha chee Peh Pichakara Fellow!

And we never got response from that e-mail ID… 😛

And yes, finally…. It was day before yesterday… Morning around 9:00 or so… Amma was talking over phone to some one about me… ” Illai illai… Periyaval ku aagattum…aproma ivalukku paarka arambikanum… innum chinnaval daane aval… Just, ippo daan MBA mudichruka….Konjam velai ki pogattum… aprom irukave iruke…hmm…aamaam….”
And then Akka and amma burst into laughter telling ” Dii Meenu… noku Sadguru Anugrahathula Velaiyum Maplaiyum ore adiya veedu thedi vandruku dii…. Appaapa…Enna anugraham enna anugraham dii noku…”
I woke up startled from my bed… 😮 😮 😯 ‘Ennachu ”
And then amma explained…
“Adhu illai di Meena… oru mami call pannirundha…adhaan andha amanji mami yaariyo refer pannirundhale…avaalukku romba terinja vaal aam… Namba Palakkad kaara daan…. Un akka ku oru paiyan oda match pathi pesarthuku pannina…. Anga paatha, andha paiyan ivaaluku romba vendiya vaal aam..aana andha paiyan oda disturbed family nu I said no… then that mami asked about you… I said you just finished your PG…. That mami says her son Aditya is very choosy…They are all Meesha sad guru’s devotees aam… (I am some one who never believes in babas, gurujis and such Yoga people) .. Avaa ku oru demands um illiyaam… Mami unna pathi ella details um keta… She said, if not for marriage, atleast, her son can help you with a job in D******e aam She said it is without any intentions… He has done B.Tech MBA di…. 25 yrs daan aagardhaam… Mami has taken up our contact so that in the next 2 yrs we can keep in touch… I told her “Mami you have very Noble thoughts… My daughter is a little extrovert and never believes in any Babaji or Guru ji…She is very un stable about her career…don’t know anything about her choices”
Me : “Aiyooo…en chella ammai… Uummmaaah… How sweet of you.. Ipdi daan samalikanum ivalaa laam…Vekkam iliyo avaalukku..ipdi alaiyara”
Amma just smiled and left…
During lunch.. Amma : Meena, andha mami thirupi phone pannina di…She is the nathanar of Amanji mama’s ponnu Janaki…. thirupi yum unna pathi romba ketaa… I told her that you are still a kid…
Me : Amma you are so sweet… Akka ku aayitu oru varusham aayitu neku paarka arambingo maa… Avasarame padadengo….
Amma : Adi podi nee vera… Paavam andha saadhu paiyan unna kattindu jenmam full ah avasthai pada kudadhu nu daan no nu solliten…. Un akka ku aana rendu maasathulaye unakum edha koranga paarka arambipom..Dot!
Me : Chee peh! Nee laam oru amma va…Enna vida worst ah irukiye!
Amma : 😀 😀 😀 😀

*From past few days I am being teased as Sadguru and Aditya by amma and akka* 😦 😮
My people seem to be worser than me at times 😛

P.S. Please don’t try these stunts without common sense… You might end up into serious trouble… Luckily, Bhagavan favored my time and People were light-hearted 😀 😀 😛

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Friendship ^_^

Hello..osei…unnava, inka nidra pothunnava? (are you awake or still sleeping?)
No Lallu…. I just finished packing food for the journey….Can’t wait to see you di manniiii…..
Aaah…chalu le…are you done with the packing or is Vicky doing it for you?
Lallu, I am not the same one re… I’ve become more lazier now… Vikram not only packed my bag, he also made coffee and breakfast, while I made food for the journey….
Nuvvu enni janmalu etthina maarave…you will never change even after taking several births…Inka go and get ready or else, Vicky will get on his nerves….
Hahaha you know your brother better than I do eh? Anyway, I’ll go and get ready…We’ll start in a couple of minutes..Tell Sada Anna my hii…I am sure he is facing your music for keeping the kitchen’s tap open…hehehe… 😀 😀 😀
How do you know Shiva did this?
He told it to Vikram this morning 😛
Haha….anyway, go get ready…Or else you will face Vicky’s music….
Sare le voi… tadaa..
Bye…
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Vikram arranged our bags in the car and started it as soon as I sat in…
Vikrammm…. I am super duper excited to meet Lallu after 1 long year….
Haha I can sense your enthusiasm madam… You’ll meet her in the next few hours… Now sleep as much as you want for the next 6 hours… And yes, I have informed Shiva already…you keep calm and save energy so that you can talk to Lalitha as much as you want till we start for Sri Rangam tomorrow in the morning….
Ok ok…. you drive….

Though Vikram did not enjoy slow carnatic music, he played it for me so that I could sleep for some time atleast….
I closed my eyes as we reached the city outskirts……..
I still remember, the good old days when Lallu and I used to roam around Hyderabad, exploring new eateries while we went out shopping…. And then the last day we went out shopping was a week before Lallu’s wedding…. We had gone to Chudi bazaar to buy bangles, had Vada pav and Pani puri at Sindhi Colony….
Lallu got married to Sada Shiva, a practicing CA at Chennai…. It was an arranged marriage… A typical Telugu brahmin one….

A year after Lallu’s wedding, I got married to Vikram… A senior civil engineer working with L&T, Bangalore… Mine was an arranged marriage too… While SadaShiva and Lallu dealt with L&T, they met Vikram and brought his alliance for me… the last time I saw Lallu, was on the next day of my marriage, at the railway station… SadaShiva had asked my parents to stay back at home and along with Lallu, he drove us to the station…. As I got into the train, I saw Lallu silently smiling at me waving bye, with her eyes moist and face red… Just like how I cried while sending off Lallu, after her marriage…

Hello..Lalitha, your Vadina is still asleep…yes…she was working day and night from past one month on her thesis…till last night she was working on it… I thought she needed some rest so packed our bags, made coffee and breakfast before she woke up…. It was a great surprise to her this morning…I did just as you said.. Thank you sis…
No problem Vicky… 🙂
We are nearing your place now….. We’ll be there in another 15 min….

Meenu ma, wake up, we have reached Lalitha’s house….
6 hours passed so fast ah Vikram? 😮
Yes pa…
Vikram parked our car in the cellar….
I jumped in joy to meet my dearest friend, my mentor, a person who stood by me every now and then…. She equated my Amma at times and at times my Akka….Most of the time she was a crazy kid… She still is one though 😛
Vikram pressed the door bell and pushed me in the front… Lallu opened the door… We felt as if meeting each other after ages…. I was laughing and so was Lallu… We had our share of tear of joy shedding looking at each other…. SadaShiva and Vikram greeted each other and laughed watching the both of us as we got dramatic….
Lalitha, Meenakshi, you guyz are too dramatic… now get in and continue your drama…Vikram and I are enjoying the entertainment…
Shiva, you just won’t understand some things… leave it… Go and get some water for them and yeah, don’t leave the tap open again… I am still not done clearing the mess you did this morning…

After an hour of settling down at Lallu’s place, SadaShiva brought a red strawberry cake and Lallu asked Vikram and me to cut it…. Yes, It was our first wedding anniversary and we celebrated it here, at Chennai, with my bestie and her husband… They clapped as we cut the cake… Vikram fed the first piece to me… I blushed as he did this…I felt shy to feed the other piece to Vikram as I felt it a bit odd to show PDA infront of my friend and her husband….Lallu understood…She pulled SadaShiva into the kitchen in pretext of getting the plates for dinner….
I smiled and looked into Vikram’s eyes, as he held my hand… Just like we did during our Pani grahanam last year….
Dinner ready…You people can continue it later too…come and eat now…. said Lallu as she hit on my hand….
I walked silently to the table… Vikram and SadaShiva served dinner for their wives, as we sat there gossiping about random things…. We spoke more than we ate…I must appreciate Lalitha’s culinary expertise… This was the first time, I ever tasted the food she cooked and it did taste good…. By the time we finished eating, our husbands sat there on the sofa, tired and sleepy…
Vikram had already slept by the time we cleared the dishes on the table… Unable to bear his cuteness while he slept, I pulled Vikram’s cheek gently and Vikram woke up startled to this….
Lallu and SadaShiva laughed and we retired to sleep in our respective rooms…

Meenaaa Wake up and get ready…. We need to start to Sri Rangam in the next one hour…it is only then that we can reach by evening… Nuvvu asal maarave Meena…Legave….Vicky, your wife has never changed….Look at her…She is still sleeping…We are getting late….

It was 5:00 am and I was awaken by Lallu, while Vikram sat on the sofa sipping coffee….
Where is Sada anna Lallu?
He also woke up just now… It is so tough to wake you guyz up in the morning… 2 lazy bums!
I smiled as I leaned on Vikram’s shoulder and slept again…
Meenaaa…Wake up re….. Lallu shouted in my ear as Vikram pushed me to get ready….
We had breakfast and started to Srirangam in our car…
SadaShiva drove the car as Vikram had slight pain in his neck from the previous day’s drive…
Shiva, can I drive it…please??
Lallu, better don’t take chances… Remember what happened last week on our way to Kanchi? God’s grace that we escaped….This is Tamil Nadu ma…not Hyderabad to zoom the vehicle as and how you want…
Shiva, this Meena is no less… She said she’ll drive my 2 wheeler….She took the vehicle and crashed it into our neighbor’s wall… I did least know that my wife doesn’t knows even to ride a bi-cycle…
Lallu and I took our revenge by talking about their cooking skills…. 😛

After 2.5 hrs of drive, we stopped at a small roadside cafe` for some coffee, in a village… As a habit, Lallu did not drink coffee and ate biscuits… Vikram, Sada anna and I had coffee…. Vikram and I walked towards the car while Lallu and SadaShiva walked slowly hand-in-hand giggling among themselves….
Shiva, why don’t you and Lalitha take the back seat while Meena and I take the front seats… I will drive till Srirangam… Sada Shiva nodded and they sat….
Vikram drove slowly, playing some AR Rahman numbers…. Vikram and I communicated with each other by smiling at each other and looking into each other’s eyes…. As we passed through a beautiful village, I held Vikram’s hand while he held the gear…. Meanwhile, in the back seat, Lallu slept on Sada Shiva’s shoulder…. SadaShiva smiled shyly while I suddenly turned back to take the water bottle….
We reached Srirangam by 4:00 pm… Vikram had booked a cottage for the 4 of us, near the temple… Though it was my second visit to Srirangam, I felt as if this was the first time…..
All Thanks to Aditya’s family, for getting their daughter married here, at Srirangam… Feels so nice to be here….
Yeah Meena, since you and Vikram visited Srirangam last year, Lalitha wanted to be here and we couldn’t make it due to work commitments… It is indeed nice and relaxing for all of us to be here….
Hey, where is Aditya? He said he will be here in some time… He has to collect some bags which he left at my place before leaving to Srirangam 3 days ago….
I just called him up Lallu..He said that he is busy buying some pooja articles for the homam for the wedding…

Hii Meena Akka, Vikram Athimber, eppidi irukel? Lallu Manni, Sada anna…Hiii……Finally you made it to Srirangam…I thought only Meena akka and Vikram athimber would come for the wedding… I am so happy…
Hii da Adoo… Amam, who is this girl in Pattu saree and flowers? Your cousin ah?
Aiyo akka…Wait…
Dishaa….come here…
Meena akka, Lallu manni, she is Disha, my sister’s would-be’s colleague…. I proposed to her and she accepted it immediately…Don’t know, our chemistry worked out well… You 4 should only talk to our parents and make this happen… She is a Delhi-based Iyer… Please talk to our parents….
We’ll make it happen, don’t worry Aditya…
Thank you Lallu manni and Sada Anna… After you fixed Meena akka’s wedding, I am confident enough that you’ll do it for us also….
Hello, sir, don’t be so excited… Mine and Vikram’s was an arranged marriage… He did not propose to me and all…Instead, it was Lallu and Sada anna, who proposed to my parents on behalf of Vikram and his family 😛
What ever it is akka…please talk to our families….
Disha and Aditya left the cottage after collecting the bags…

The 4 of us, Vikram in his panchagajam, me in my Madisar, Lallu and SadaShiva in their traditional outfits, went to Sriranganatha’s temple, spent time in divinity, walked by the banks of Kaveri and retired back to our cottage…
Vikram and I had been discussing about Aditya and so were Lalitha and Sada Shiva… We were given a big duty of talking to their parents….
The next morning, as we reached the Kalyana Mandapam, for the Vradam ceremony, Aditya, along with Disha, signalled to us….
Lallu and Sada anna chose talking to Aditya’s parents… Vikram and I spoke to Disha’s parents, after the Vradam, during lunch…. We brought both the parents together and they agreed to the relationship…. All this was done in the absence of Aditya and Disha…

In the evening, after Aditya’s sister’s Nischaya thambulam ceremony, Aditya and Disha were called on the stage…. Aparna, Aditya’s sister, made an announcement about the engagement of her brother and her fiance`’s colleague…. All of us clapped in unison…. Aditya walked fast and jumped like a monkey, on the stage, while Disha walked gracefully and sat beside her father… The priest  read their Nischaya thambula patrika…. They exchanged their rings and now, officially, Aditya was engaged….
The next day, wedding went off well… We had great time pulling Aditya’s and Disha’s legs all through the event….
It was now time for us to leave….
We drove back to Chennai that evening and reached home at night…. Vikram and Sada anna slept in the room, while Lallu and I sat in the hall, gossiping till late night… We felt like those 20 yr old girls, who used to roam around Hyderabad, shop, eat and talk random stuff, cracking jokes on each others and pulled each other’s legs…. though we spoke over phone very often, nothing could beat the feeling of talking to each other, in real and laugh at our own silly jokes and not to miss Lallu’s loud laughter, that made Sada Shiva and Vikram to wake up startled once……. Nothing can ever beat friendship….And the price less feeling we get while our friends treat us as family, is just out of this world….

P.S. This is only a story of fiction… I hope this happens for real, some time in the next 2-3 years 😀

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