Friday, January 13, 2006

And I wished..


The atmosphere was electric. Colourful silk saris, the fragrance of jasmine and sandalwood paste in the air; men clad in silk dhotis hurrying about their business; a hair-raising kalyani rendered through the nadhaswaram, listeners nodding their heads intently; Laughter widespread, overjoyed expressions..

Through those rows, sitting much behind, among those pattu paavadais that appeared and disappeared in a flash, I saw her..glowing calmly like the tender flame of a candle; A docile girl carrying a beautiful smile, her eyes flickering with intelligence and the spark of her age..

Then she turned around, right in time, to catch me staring at her and a mischievous smile passed over her face. She walked down, put her hand on my shoulder and asked..
"Oh thatha, what are you looking at?"
"Nothing kanna," I said, "I was thinking you should get married soon."

"Ayyo thatha.." she smiled shyly and in a flash, disappeared.

18 comments:

S m i t h a said...

ok, that happened sometime, right? the picture is great!
btw - first comment this time also. shouldn't i be getting something?

Anupama Viswanathan said...

S m i t h a, :)..to answer your first question, the story is fiction and the picture is real. To give you a background, I had actually scribbled this when I was in the train to Madras, sometime in September (when I had come home to attend my best friend's wedding.). So, as far as the picture goes it did happen sometime. I had clicked it during her wedding.

Discovered this piece of paper today and thought I would post it.

And am glad to see you commenting first again! :)..You want something? If it's a thing I can afford, surely yes! Bolo, kya chahiye? :)

Krish said...

I thought I can find the completion of the title in the post..I cudnt!;-)...Is the story fiction?really?:O

S m i t h a said...

"irruki anachi oru umma kodu"-nu sonna kodukava poringa? ;) just kidding..

now that you had said "yes", dont worry, i'll use this boon wisely some other time! :P

Vijay Ramamurthi said...

nice...u stories bring always bring a huge smile..:) really nice. Picture sooperaa irukku :) pattu podava naale oru thani range thaan la..!!

Φ said...

A newbie here in ur sanctuary of words..leaving stupefied reading jus one particular post.."holding on"..food for thought to ramble...

would b back soon to read sarah parker's story..

for now..Au revoir

Anupama Viswanathan said...

S m i t h a, adapaavi!!! :O..No,no, no, no, no..this is certainly not within my realms of possiblity!! :))..and now, am utter curious to see when (and of course how) you will use the boon!! :)

Vijay Ramamurthi, thank you! :) glad you liked this..and yes, like you said, silk saris do have their own charm! :)

Φ, welcome here! :) and keep visiting!

Anupama Viswanathan said...

Eeks..my bad habit returns to haunt me again..I missed Krish's comment!! The story is indeed fiction, Krish, may you have no doubts about that!! And time shall give you the completion to the title! [ooh..too philo, isn't it?? ;)]

Anu said...

Hi anu,
A newcomer here..but u had me glued to my monitor with Sarah..its a beautiful piece and AS I wished..was lovely tooo..will definately be back,for a lot more

Anu

Ramya said...

Ahem ahem!! Time for a lot of things to materialise! All said and done... i shall not steal your thunder!

MrGonSings said...

Interesting... I read the text the day you posted, but I lacked the time to comment... The image, however, remained very clear on my head... And this got me later to think on how powerful literature can be when the atmosphere described fusions so delicately with the characters portrayed (even if briefly)… Like a window opening for you for just one second, but in that second you’ll catch a complete glimpse of the moment…

Then I read you scribbled this on the way to Madras and just found the paper again a few days ago… Seems like this short piece had a life of its own and it was just waiting for revival…

Anupama Viswanathan said...

Anu@Let's talk..glad to see another Anu..:)..I remember having visited your blog during the initial days of my blogging! :)..good to see you around! Thank you for your comment..

Ramya, well, you could steal my thunder, I have no issues! :)

Hey Mrgonsings..It's so nice to see that you could get a picture of what I was trying to say despite the fact that it's a ritual (which I assume) you are not very familiar with! Glad you got the context and thanks so much for your comment! :)

The thing about discovering the paper again..Can you realise how much of a trouble I could be for my mom when I stack up so many papers? :p

cvraman said...

Anu, very good one.. I like the title and was expecting u to break some news ;-)

Anupama Viswanathan said...

cvraman, thanks for your comment..glad you liked the title..and sorry, if I disappointed you! :)

Raghini said...

Good one again :-) & nice picture!

Anupama Viswanathan said...

Raghini,Thanks!:)

யாத்திரீகன் said...

i think i shud have a standard template of coment to your blogs which contains a appreciation for the picture to the post :-)

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செந்தில்/Senthil

Anupama Viswanathan said...

Senthil..:)...that was a very generous compliment!