Sudha, who is just completing making the kolam in front of Thulasi's house, "Einga antha panaiyum eduthutu vanga."
Puvi, "Itho vanthutein!" bringing the pot.GW looks at Puvi, with her usual contempt, "Elam ein neram. Nan petha rendu pasangalam ipdi pondatti dasan aitangalai."
Sudha gets up looking sharply at GW.
Just then ironically, Nitesh brings a chair for Lavanya, who is standing and tieing the sugar canes together, to keep it over the pot.
Sudha and Puvi look at this; GW also looks at it.
Sudha and Puvi look at each other and smile.
GW becomes angry and goes in.
Sudha goes in.
GW is sitting in a chair looking angry.
Sudha looks at her and then goes inside the kitchen and comes back with a knife.
She goes towards GW, who looks alarmed at seeing her come towards her with a knife, "Ei!"
Sudha, "Ena athai?" and then smiling sarcastically, "Intha function mudirathu veraikum nenga sirichitei irukanum; illana..." and she rubs the knife with her finger to test the sharpness. GW, a little scared now, because she very well knows what she is capable of, "Illana..." Sudha repeats, "Illana...Ama intha kathi nala sharp thena?" GW, "Ama! Ein kekura?"
Nitesh calls out from outside, "Sister! Karumbu veeta kathi kadaikalaya?"
Sudha, "Itho iruku! Varen!" and then she turns to GW, "Hm. Veliya vanthu sirichitu irunga. Thulasi varambothu ethavuthu kundaka madaka pesinenga avalothan." showing the knife to her and she goes out. After a while, GW also comes out. Sudha cuts the sugarcane with so much force, looking at GW; making it very clear that she will suffer if she is in her normal 'GW' mode when the whole family is there. GW smiles in fear.
On their way back home in the bike, Thulasi, "Enaga? Half day permission poteingala?"Tamil, mindvoice, "Full day katu than.", tells her, "Illa kuttima! Itho lunch break la una kondu vitutu nan thirumbi poiruven."
Thulasi becomes sad, "Permission podunga, please."Tamil smiles to himself, but, "Illa kuttima! Romba vella iruku. Innaiku mudiyathu."They cross a guy selling sugarcane on the road, "Ein ga vandiya niruthunga."Tamil stops the bike. Thulasi gets down, smiling. Tamil looks puzzled at her, "Ena kuttima?"Thulasi, "Atho karmbu; vangithanga...hm..ponga." Tamil smiles at her childishness, "Seri ein kuttima illamala!" and gets down from the bike.They go near the shop, "Rendu karmbu kudu, thambi. Evalo?"Thulasi, "Rendu yaruku pathom? Konjam neraiya vanguga." Tamil smiles, "Seri!" in the process checking for his wallet in his pocket. The shopkeeper gives the sugarcane to Thulasi which she accepts happily. Tamil, "Kuttima! Purse a bank laya vechuteinu nenakurein. Atha thirupi kuduthiru; nan varambothu vangitu varen." Thulasi unwillingly gives it back, "Seri vanga polam" becoming sad and goes to the bike.
The shopkeeper, "Ippo thena vangitu ponein ga. Athukula?"
Tamil motions him to be silent and winks at him; making it clear that he has money and is playing with her. Thulasi still in a mood out; they reach home. Thulasi looks baffled at Lavanya, Nitesh, Puvi, Sudha, Pooja and GW especially waiting for her dressed up and the sugar cane and the kolam. Everyone smiles. Thulasi turns and looks at Tamil with a "ula vanga vechukiren" look, but again she can't stop smiling, for it was so nice to see everyone. She was happy to see the whole family together when Puvi smiles at TA assuring that all is set for the celebration.Nitesh, who was munching on a sugarcane, "Inthaga sister karumbu! Ungaluku romba pidikumnu oru kadaiya vangi vechurukaru ula. Oru masathuku thangum."Thulasi, "Hello"The receiving end was silent.
Thulasi again turns to look at him with a tear coming to her.
Sudha, "Ula poi freshen aitu vanga. Pongal vechurulam."
Tamil, "Vaa!" and she holds her hand and takes her in.
Everyone carries on with their work, including GW this time.Tamil goes inside the bathroom and Thulasi sits down in her bed; smiling.The happiness and the joy surrounding Thulasi made her thank God for fulfilling her Paati's wishes and her prayers. Life had not been so easy and smooth for her but for all the turmoils she had to face from her childhood right from her mother leaving her alone to face the wrath of her father and her step mother on the bitter background of society, she deserved two fold happiness. One of her fortune being her husband who was in the limelight of bringing light to her life and another one her baby who is going to light up both their life and make her life meaningful. Traversing through these thoughts she caught hold of Tamil's mobile on their room which was ringing continuously without getting any attention. Thulasi hesitated to attend the call first as it was new number. She couldn't help it as she didn't want Tamil to lose as it might be an important call for him.
She could hear soft breaths through the mobile which makes sure that the call is still active. She sensed something wrong or suspicious in the call.Thulasi, "Hello.. Yaarunga? Ungaluku yaar vennum?"The other voice, "Hello..Nan.."Thunder and lightening struck Thulasi's heart as she heard Charu's voice back after a long time. She was not able to digest the fact that she is talking to the same Charu who was madly and deeply in love with her husband conspiring against her to separate them for eternity with the help of her own mother in law. The same Charu who was so influencial that even the man whom she loved whom she had trusted her life was against her just for the sake of respecting his friendship rather than believing his own wife whom he married after so much troubles, who had tolerated all the tortures from his mother. Gulping down all the emotions Thulasi made up her mind to be calm and cool as now things are not seemingly against her. Her husband has tasted the medicine of cheat from his friend and he himself has witnessed the truth and reality has stuck on him. She decided not to show off her insecurity and anxiety to anyone. Her contemplation on the reason of Charu's call to TA's mobile didn't let go off her insecurity easily.Thulasi, "Charu.. epdi irukeenga? Health epdi iruku?"Char, the lady who always hated even the word Thulasi, just because she snatched the man she loved the most, the man for whom she was even ready to give up her life. But now she was not in a position to argue, not to point out or burst out. Her only solace was to hear his voice.Charu, "Naan...nalla iruken..avaru.."Just then TA comes out of the bathroom and saw kuttima with his phone. TA, "Yaaru kuttima phone la?"Thulasi, "Ungaluku than nga. Pesunga."TA was surprised to see a faking smile on Thulasi's face. She can't fake a smile in front of him. He understood that there was something in the call which made her behave like that. He casually took the mobile and started talking.TA, "Hello! Tamil pesuraen. Yarunga?"It was like a brightness flashing across her face for Charu. She felt as if the world which was standing still all these days became livelier by hearing his voice. Charu ( stammering with a lone tear on her eye), "Naan thanga unga Charu... epdi irukeenga? Enaku ungala pakanum pola iruku."Terribly shocked Tamil understood the reason behind Thulasi's behaviour. He so wanted to end this chapter from his life. There should not be any continuation for this weird part of his life which would haunt their lives till the end. Thulasi could sense the nervous Tamil. Thulasi started to move from the room when he held her wrist and turned he to face him and continued talking.TA, "Sorryga! Neenga nenaikura Tamil inga illa. Thapana numberku call pannirukeinga."He cut the call and looked at Thulasi's eyes who was yearning to see the same old TA who used to love to see Thulasi happiness. She was unable to hide her feelings and broke herself into a tight hug and safe under the arms of her husband where she felt secured and peaceful. Tamil hugged her back stroking her hair and caressing her back reassuring her that he will be there for her and wont leave her anytime whatever storm pass by their lives. They didn't need much words to communicate their feelings. Their eyes and their whole body transported the care and love they had for each other. Affectionate a man get towards his wife and more authoritative a woman can get towards her man for the whole life they live for each other. Their bone breaking hug was disturbed by the timely entry of Pooja asking them to come out as everything is ready. He pecked her forehead and cupped her cheeks.TA, "Kuttima.. nee epavume santhoshama irukanum.. Happy Pongal! Vaa! Veliya polam."
Edited by Gisel - 13 January 2013 at 11:43pm