100 crores & 45 minutes
By the time Periappa's Doctor arrived, he was supposed to at Noon, he only came by at 2 ish... Being in South Delhi is not always a boon... on weekends its only a bane
EVERYONE envied Appa when he got the allotment of D II considered very prestigious, only reserved for Joint Secretary and above, Appa being Under Secretary had somehow managed to impress the real estate Gods at the Directorate of Estates...
The beautiful tree lined avenues and the shady front lawns were an envy to all relatives from "South"
Amma promptly tattled to Appa when he got up from pooja, he was waiting when she got out of her room after the shower...
"What is this Ishita?"
"Appa, Amma doesn't understand, he is really nasty to me, he undermines my work,
"Mr BHALLA?" Appa looked positively shocked
"ILLE PA avaroda USELESS SON, urupdaada pullai"
Appa relaxed... like she just said you've been promoted to Joint Secretary or something
"he is extremely critical and condescending he uses words like advertorial, edo periya Carnegie MBA madiri (Really? II DID U HAVE TO USE THAT SCHOOL NAME?) like he is a topper from there..
"Amma said you thought he never graduated Modern School?"
APPA'S TURN TO BE BAFFLED
"Appa He LOOKS AND ACTS LIKE THAT, I mean he looks like that... no not even looks but U know... he acts like that... no... I mean I SUSPECT THAT"
THERE! FIRST TIME IN A WEEK SACH KA SAAMNA
amma started setting food on the dining table, avial!! HER FAVORITE
"Mr Bhalla seems like a really nice guy, he knows a LOT OF TOP PEOPLE in government and industry, in the 10 15 minutes we spoke that night he came across as very gentlemanly
ONLY HIM APPA NOT HIS SON... NOT HIS SON
Not that R&B had ever done anything undignified... he took her home... fed her.. dropped her off...and ermmm... ermmm.. I mean... kissed her
"He took my phone number, he texted me yesterday, sent me an email, AND SENT A CARD AND A BOX OF DRY FRUITS TO North Block... North Block is the prestigious twin bldg. that houses the top govt ministries in Delhi
Appa was on a "loan" to Ministry of Finance...
Madhu where did u put that box? Appa asked
Amma brought it out... IN SILVER... in the shape of a banyan leaf.. divided into two sections one filled with nuts and the other with some kind of expensive candy...
The whole damn thing probably costing atleast 5k
"Appa u are delegitimizing what I am feeling here for a guy that you met outside Karnataka Sangha in Moti Bagh... his son is not polite or civil" she ranted
Its NOT HIS WIFE'S function Appa said
Something in the "his wife" jolted Ishita
For the first time she wondered WHAT IF HE IS MARRIED?
OMG!!! HE COULD BE MARRIED
Is he married? Appa asked
Amma shrugged... not knowing... WHY AMMA WHY DONT U KNOW?
Appa looked at II "Kalyanam aanavana?" IS HE A MARRIED?
"He is a Rakshasan" she muttered... "I hope he is, I hope his wife is catty and mean and gives him hell daily, I hope she constantly reminds him what a loser he is"
Appa LAUGHED OUT LOUD...
"Evlam kovam" (How angry are you?)
DONT LAUGH she shouted...
Appa had gone and sat down at the dining table Amma served rice... Periappa had been spoon fed in the room
Ishita did it if she was home or Appa or the nurse...
"Monnet Ispat & Energy guy Sandip Jijodia bought the Shanti Niketan house in 2011 for Rs 120 crores" Appa started rattling off numbers.. like he knows Jijodia..
The daughter lives there, the house must be worth atleast 100 crores... I mean she has no idea what a big man he is...
Amma proudly defended her daughter "Ayyo teriyum neenga onnum solla vendam (Please you don't tell her she knows)...
Appa: What is their annual Revenue?
Ishita: Rs.13,000 crores? Rs 16,000 crores?
Appa: SEE!! (like II ever argued THAT)
"Vaa saapda" COME EAT, Amma ordered
Her hair was wet and she sulked... looking at the newspaper... no news of any scandal today either
"I am not hungry she sulked
Appa spoke "OK ishita Amma and I ARE GOING. After Natesan Mama, u can drop us off and go to Vandita's"
She jumped up with joy and went to eat
To say she looked gorgeous would be putting it mildly, she wore the magenta/dark pink self print kanjeevaram, it had gold leaf motifs all over the border... Nalli South Ex... for her last Bday... Vandu's gift
Over Rs,4 grand
She wore her Nayantara backless blouse (Amma kept hissing, cover with pallu when u do namaskaram, don't expose back di when u fall at Mama's feet)... AND DRAPED the saree exactly like how Vandu and her practiced a MILLION times watching Trisha and Nayan videos on YT...
GOLD south Indian jhumkas in the ears... big fat round... bobbing in the coppery kundan red gold...
and a lil speck of a dark pink bindi
Natesan Mami gave her flowers for her hair, a two meter string, she pretended not to have hair pin, Mami summoned her pethi (grand daughter) and produced one, two three and made her sit down and draped it
Amma movie is at 9:30, I have to drop u and go to PVR "polama" "polama" "polama" she bugged her Amma a million times
The 70th was in Munirka, Samyukta's at Shanti Niketan around the corner from Malai Mandir
She had to drive back to Munirka again to change in Akka's apartment
She drove to the address Appa guided to... and got off...
Mr Ranjan Bhalla got off his car and turned around BEAMING...
"Ayyoyo" she said
Amma: Don't say bad words in the evening kanna, what happened?"
II: Ivar... I mean... avar (him, him)
Appa: See Mr Bhalla himself is here to greet us
II:NOT US, YOUUU AND AMMA NOT MEEE
RANJAN...WALKED OVER TO THE IYERS' CAR... AND WAITED PATIENTLY
Ishita started gassing her engine in "P" warning she is going to fly off like Chuck Norris
But Appa stood in front of the car
She waited for them to get on the side walk..
MR BHALLA OPENED HER DOOR, CHIVALRY IS A LESSON HE FORGOT TO GIVE HIS SON
FIRST POI OKANDUKARAN CAR LA he sits in his car first... doesn't even get the door Rakshasan
"Welcome Ms Iyer" he said
"Oh no! I am just dropping them off" II declared valiantly
Amma: Ishita please apdi pannade don't do that
Ranjan: Ms Iyer you look lovely, nobody is dressed like you inside, you must show them how good south Indians can look.
II CURSED AYYYOO
Appa reached and took her phone from the cup holder "Va kanna" he said
"Appa movie starts in an hour" "I have to go to Akka's home change and leave" she begged
"YOU CAN LEAVE IN 45 MINUTES" Ranjan assured