Pongal & Paint
House hunting for Amma Appa took months, between Akka and or her accompanying. Appa had strictly refused to take up Ranjan's offer of being "driven around" all over Delhi
Amma as usual caught between rock and hard spot
II snuck off from work many afternoons, and when that Rohini apartment was found, they actualy looked at it 7 times, Bala and II, bala and Akka, Amma Appa, Akka and Nivi, Ranjan and Appa
Janaki Athai and Appa, Janaki Athai's unwilling husband and Appa, Kamakshi Athai, Akka's in laws and II
Maybe more than 7
The realtor finally told Appa "Deposit lagao sirjee, phir dekhna"
appa cut the first check for it, they did math many nights at DII, it was going to be expensive, Amma was giving up South Delhi and posh bureaucratic living and joining the Iyer brigae in Delhi's NW suburbs
Appa wanted to pamper Amma and atleast let her have a 3BHK
It was almost 1800 sq ft, bigger than their 4 BHK D II
Amma loved that every room had wall to ceiling windows, and the kitchen was square. with granite counters on all 4 sides and three windows between two walls
It was going to cost Appa & Amma atleast Rs20k a month, for how ever long, until Amma retired and pulled her money out
They wanted to throw a grand party for Nivi's Bday so they did a "lil" paal kaachi (steaming milk on a new stove ) tradition
They picked a Friday morning, end of January 2017
Amma wanted II to stay over, but things between her and R&B were rocky ever since he had pinned Chachu over the parts
II acted like he didnt exist, except at nights when he hed had it some nights he just made love and got off the bed
Well actually three nights since the Hungarian parts show down
He took care of Nivi, he worked, went out of state for a day or two
They appeared to be "normal" in front of people
Funnily all "three midnight encounters" happened after prolonged cold wars
Sex was glorious always.
She held back cuddling and cooing
He pinned her down longer "afterwards"
Brought water many times, and changed Nivi when Ii started to snooze after sex
But only three times
"Akka do u want to take Monday off? I will take moving Friday?" Ii asked picking up Nivi's toys from first floor stairs, balcony and bathrooms
"Podi I want to take both days off, Kamakshi athai is driving me crazy" Akka cried
"VANDOOO KOZHAVA MOODU MA" "VANDOOO SITHA TV PODU MA" "VANDOOO KOZHANDAYA KUDEN"
(Vandu turn off the faucet" Turn on TV, give me baldie"
II pulled the phone away from her ear
Ranjan stopped in his tracks carrying the baby down from 2nd floor, Jenny followed him
"Vandu gusse mein hai?" he asked
"No, she is imitating athai" II mumbled
"Please dee, u take some other day off"
"Do paar ka, en purushan two weeks a paris la irukkan, sema verupethittu ponaan, i havent talked or called"
(Look here, R&B is in paris for two weeks now, he pissed me off, I havent talked or called)
"ISHITA, so what if he was not here for Nivi's first pongal?" Akka begged
"Athim hovers around u u guys wear ur kanjeevaram duds and parade malai mandir with baldie, noku ena kavalai" (why do u care)
"If u hate him so much why do u crave for him?" Akka asked silkily
"Umm... NOT FOR ME... NOT FOR MEE... who wants to be with him, I wanted him to celebrate his daughter's first pongal"
"Next 50 years u will be whining" Akka sighed as baldie cried
"Athim's anna shud have been 20 years younger I shud have married him, I wud have become ur co sister" II chuckled
"Paavi... u married a good man!!" Akka cursed
She went down
A large poster was spread across a nylon sheet on the lounge floor
Jenny dipped Nivi's legs in paint and Ranjan held her as she walked
There was a penciled set of words for Amma Appa
"welcome to Rohini, thatha patti"
From Nivi was all hand prints
Quite messy but nevertheless, stunning
"Yennadiii?" II coed
Nivi was overjoyed to be bathing in paint
"So I take Friday off and Monday?" II asked
"Nooo arivaali (genius) I WILL take those two days off, nee veeta arrange panni kudu aprama" (u can set the house)
"I WANT to go help with the move and ride the truck" II whined
"with Nivi?" Akka asked
"so what?" Nivi crawled all over Ranjan's turkish carpet
"Ayyoyo" II cursed muting the phone, Jenny had gone in, Ranjan was in the lawn on the phone
"She ruined a rug" II said
R&B walked in, in blue jeans and a white shirt unshaven and ruffled
WONDER WHAT FLIGHT HE TOOK SUNDAY AT 11 AM?
His daughter tracked paint alll the way to him
His face lit up when he saw his wife sitting cross legged on the floor like a Iyer girl, wearing a cotton saree and flowers in her hair, and his fave ruby red nose ring
Nivi wore a vest, in whatever color he didnt know, he picked her up and kissed her soundly
as Dhyan brought his luggage and set it under the Monet
"Coffee venuma?" she askedpretending to be all house wifey
"aa gaya? Tera miyan?" Akka shrieked
"Oh ya... Pongal is gone no, so yeah he is back" she said coldly
"ayyoyo" Akka gasped
II hung up
He didnt answer just walked towards her... everything inside II rolled up into a fat lump and choked her
Edited by Nisha0604 - 23 June 2016 at 10:09pm