October 31, 2005

Thoodhu Po ChellaKiliyae!!

Filed under: Life as I know it — Celia Rexselin @ 10:24 pm

I have been trying to write this post for the past two weeks and each time my computer shuts down. (Guess there’s some elf hiding behind my desk!!). I recently met my friend who inquired about my childhood best friend Amudha. I said that I hardly had any idea.

We lost track of each other soon after I finished my elementary school. For now, the only thing that comes to my mind is this incident that took place when I was 8 years old. This is dedicated to Amudha who is the root cause of this incident.

Okay.. Now history unwinds and goes back to the period when I was a meek yet bubbly child. Small enough for playing yet big enough to listen to teen girls stories from Lavanya akka. (But I was very innocent!!! :))

How I loved Lavanya akka at that time. She was 5 years older than me and was ravishing as a teenager. She had long straight hair, fair and lovely face and a nice figure too. (Hmmmmm. Imagine Amala of Agninatchathiram). She didn’t have any friends of her age in our apartment, nor did I have anyone of my age. Well I did have, there was Amudha ofcourse.

Amudha was 2 years younger than me. Lavanya akka didn’t like me speaking to Amudha. Do not mistake this to be possessiveness. Theres more matter to this story.

Amudha was boisterous, naughty which I liked but she had another quality too. She was friends with one group of motta pasanga gang (don’t know how one would phrase this in english??). I used to wonder why she was much sought after by that gang. And one day it became clear to me.

She was the official postmaster (loveletters ofcourse!!) for that gang. I came to know this when she delivered a letter addressed to Lavanya akka. That was written by Karthik anna.

Karthik was a local rowdy. He used to steal petrol from all apartment residents vehicles. He was known for following girls. So Lavanya didn’t care a bit when he tried his advances towards her. But this time, the letter had a different thing. It had a heart drawn in blood.

Lavanya got very angry. She was angry with me too for being friends with Amudha. She called me that day.

“See, Bindu. Either cut your friendship with Amudha. Or ask her to stop speaking to Karthik. If nothing happens, I will have to tell your parents what Amudha did and you can never speak to Amudha anymore.”

I was very upset. I spoke to Amudha about this. She seemed to listen this time. She said that she’ll go speak to Karthik for one last time and asked me to accompany her. I was overjoyed that this is going to be the last time and Lavanya can be very free.

So we went like grownups to Karthik anna and told him this.. He looked at us curiously.

What made you girls think that I am a bad guy?
Everyone else says so..
Do you think that I am one?
Amudha : No Me: I don’t know.
Fine, If you are not sure, lets have it that way itself.
But what made you think that Love is bad?
?????? We didn’t know what to say..

Just then, my classmate’s Naseema’s sister Rabiya was passing by. Karthik pointed to her and said..

Do you know this girl?
Yeah I know. She’s my friend’s didi.
okay. She and another Brahmin Guy called Arun are in love. Do you know this?
Go ask her if this is bad. If she says, its bad.. I’ll let go of this love.

I was getting confused by then. I turned to Amudha only to find her running behind Rabiya. I got frightened like anything.

Hey! Amudha !!! Stop!!! Stop !!!

She ran after Rabiya. My efforts in stopping her went vain. So I also ran after her. By the time I reached Naseema’s apartment, Amudha had already started saying something. I went closer to hear what she said.. And She was …

Akka ! do you know anyone called Arun?

Rabiya’s expression changed immediately and naseema who was sitting in the balcony was hearing this and came down. So did her mother. I was flabbergasted. I knew that the damage was already done and anything I could say could only worsen it. Still I tried.

No akka. I guess Amudha wants to know whether you have a friend by the name, Aruna.

Her mother had come closer then. She went to Amudha and asked her what she really wanted to say. And this female !! (guess she should have been the wife of King Harichandra in the last birth) .. She blurted out the truth.

One anna said that Rabiya and Arun are in love. We didn’t believe. So I just wanted to make sure.

The next thing that happened was far beyond our imagination. We didn’t know that our curiosity would have such a profound effect. We should have just stuck to our good old ice boy, paramapaadham and dhaayam. Rabiya’s mother went down to her and started slapping her in front of us. We were shellshocked. She kept asking…

Tell me, is it true? I know you. You are capable of that.
Nahi ma. I didn’t
No. These kids wouldn’t tell lies.

Amudha had forgotten to close her mouth seeing this. She looked at me.. I knew from her eyes that she would start crying at any moment. The next thing, we did what we can do best. We ran off like anything after saying Bye to Naseema.

It took some time for us to settle in our usual marathadi infront of our apartment. My temper was shooting high that I wanted to give Amudha a nice beating. But she was already scared seeing the effect she had caused.

Why did you do this Amudha?
See! I just wanted to prove to Karthik anna that he was wrong.
So, did you see what has happenned now?
Yeah. I didn’t know Rabiya’s mom would beat her..

She started wailing.. I couldn’t continue after that. I just thought of the consequences that would happen the next day morning when I meet Naseema in class. I thought about it for a long time and decided that we two should go to Naseema’s house again when her mom is not there and ask sorry to Rabiya akka. When I told this to Amudha, she refused. She was so scared that she didn’t want to come.

“Fine”, I said. I myself would go. I waited till the next day. Naseema met me in class and told me that Rabiya was crying all evening after that. I was hurt badly. Wanted evening to come very badly. It came at last. I went with Naseema to meet Rabiya…

Her eyes were swollen. I wanted to go hide myself under the ground on seeing her. I went up to her and said sorry. She smiled at me and told me its okay. Then she asked me..

Who told you these stories?
Karthik Anna
Do you know him very well?
Yeah. Kinda
Fine, then do one thing. I couldn’t meet Arun yesterday. Can you give this letter to Karthik and ask him to pass it on to Arun?

That was the last time I went to her house.

(P.S: All names have been changed except Amudha and Arun. All the four (karthik, Lavanya, Arun and Rabiya) are happily married though not to each other)




  1. Didnt get much of the names Northy :(. but the story yeah definitely. Happy Diwali, May u get all u want including wishes realted to Lavannya (spell chk)
    c ya arnd

    Comment by gAMe — November 1, 2005 @ 12:38 pm | Reply

  2. happy festival of lights – happy Deepavalli

    Interesting to listen to all the childhood love stories that we have experienced.. our neighbour anna and akka’s in love.. man cant wait for the conti..

    yeah what ever happened to that tag of yours!!

    Comment by Nanyaar? — November 1, 2005 @ 7:06 pm | Reply

  3. super…naanum indha maathri pannirukken…waiting for the sequel! 🙂

    happy diwali! 🙂

    Comment by kalai — November 2, 2005 @ 10:02 am | Reply

  4. @surya – Thanks for the diwali wishes.
    Wishes to you too

    @nanyaar: don’t decide in haste yaar .. wait for the whole story to complete. Tag– Do you mean the story tree? Yes. I would definitely add my part to it after completing this one. Happy diwali

    @Kalai: Enga naan mattum thaan indha maadhiri panni maatirukan nenachan.. I have company now :)happy diwali

    Comment by bindhu — November 2, 2005 @ 8:57 pm | Reply

  5. ROTFL…when rabiya asked u to give that letter!!! :)))

    nice experience!! 🙂

    Comment by kalai — November 4, 2005 @ 9:06 am | Reply

  6. Hi,
    Just came across your site while surfing, you’ve narrated the experiences prety well….truly nice! keep writing


    Comment by Prashanth — May 17, 2009 @ 4:00 pm | Reply

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