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April 23, 2006

Of Menageries and viva-voce

Filed under: Humour — Teal @ 5:52 am

This is nothing new to the regulars at my blog. I have this practice of putting posts on the eve of eggjams … yaas yaas , and this time it’s summer. So it’s way worse… and the worst fact is that I am totally indifferent to the fact that tomorrow is my university viva-voce for my major project. [ya, so? :-D]

Yesterday I had to go shopping for a few things sis had asked for. So me and Dad went out and go the required stuff … but on the way back … OMG! It’s almost election time in my state and heavy duty campaigning is going on… and what makes this experience all the more precious is the simple fact that my house is strategically located right in the middle of two areas which are hubs of activity of rival political parties ….
it took us thrice the usual time to come back home!

On coming home, my very adorable and cute cousins are creating a crass cacophony ….

“Akka … computer la enna panarell?”
“Akka … na indha CD potu paakatumaa?”
“Akka akka enakku Narnia paakanumm!!!” ….”Mummii”…..”Anna enna killitaaan”….”ava thaan aramuchaa!!!” … “Po Daaa” ….”Po Diiii”…

Aaargh …. aargh …. heavy duty weeping, dress tugging, hair-pulling … amidst which I was left to disperse the fights whilst my parents and relatives conveniently seated themselves in the master bedroom , reminiscing all the good times from the days of yore!

And to top it off I had guests last evening. Being the only kid at home, since sis not in station, my people will be like – “this is my daughter ..” and I have to flash a goody-goody girl smile. And the big question pops out – “enna nyabagam irukka?” [Remember me]….” .

Now this is the part where I grin sheepishly and say – “No uncle, actually I don’t.”

To which the uncle retorts with merry laughter and says – “Back in 198+ .. I used to come home very frequently… you were just a little girl with two plaits then!”

As if all other kids wore Dolce and Gabbana! And got their hair styled from Lakme Salons!

This is were Dad interjects and says – “No no, I think you have her confused with my first daughter…”

The merry laughter returns … [And this is the part where I slip in silently back to my room]

Egad! The junior menagerie is my room playing carom!

JM – “Akka, enga kooda carom aada varella?” [yo sis comin to play carom with us?]

ME – “Illa maa, neenga elarum velayadungo.” [nopes, you carry on]

I sit to start my computer and inadvertently, the noise starts all over again.

JM – “Dei en da cheating pannara” .. “Na onnum cheating pannala “….”Poi sollada …” …”Appa!!!” …. [don’t cheat .. I didn’t cheat!! … don’t lie … Dad!!!]

I must have been a docile angel in my childhood … wish these kids came with remote controls. If there was a Nobel Prize for patience, then I should get it! No contest. I take out my embroidery thread and needle and start stitching a special surprise for my sis. [Shhh .. don’t tell her 😉 ] – try it, I seriously recommend embroidery to de-stress … it works!

So at the end of the day I have achieved the following:

  1. Silenced the JM.
  2. Gone partially deaf.
  3. Squandered a whole day.
  4. Done zilch for viva.

Hmm…. The JM have left but the senior menagerie of specimens still linger around my residence .. making rounds, blaring out and bickering full blasht as I type this….



  1. ellam heavy duty stuff seyyra pola :P…all the besht for ur viva 🙂

    Comment by Vivek — April 23, 2006 @ 11:28 am | Reply

  2. Viva ellam chumma drink ‘viva’ madiri..dont worry abt coll,mark too much.. dont stress urself by thinking too much abt this.. then u need not find a way 2 de-stress simple!!

    Comment by Hell's Angel — April 23, 2006 @ 3:18 pm | Reply

  3. Hey, you have a wonderful way of putting your thoughts across. Keep the good work up. Good luck for your viva.

    Comment by Niranjan — April 24, 2006 @ 6:16 am | Reply

  4. ha ha….. vaandugal rajjiyamaa?? gud luck with ur Viva!!

    Comment by kuttichuvaru — April 24, 2006 @ 3:40 pm | Reply

  5. I can TOTALLY identify with the children.. especially the cheating-in-the-carrom-game part.. 😀 Pity you though.. tsk tsk.. You’ll get used to it.. Anyways, its fun having children around. You get to watch Tom n Jerry without getting ridiculed.. 😉

    Comment by The optimist from utopia — April 25, 2006 @ 4:49 am | Reply

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