Last week, my kids had Children’s Day celebrations at their school. There were many competitions like Poster making, Collage, Handwriting etc. Karthik, in his usual style, participated with great enthusiasm and wasn’t worrying much about not getting prizes in any of them. That evening he came home and was beaming with glow to tell me about his newly formed thought. He couldn’t resist himself that he didn’t even bother to take off his shoes/uniform etc. He said he has torn some 10-12 pages from his rough note book and has written a comic and drawn all relevant pictures and coloured them too!! He wanted me to take around 25 colour xerox of the same. I asked him about the purpose and he said in a cool tone that he has planned to sell those copies to his teachers, fellow students as well as a few friends in our flat. He had already imagined of making money through this venture, and if this succeeds, he said he wanted to write more such comics!! A budding business man he is!! I think he might emulate his dad!!
Vignesh is having his mid-term exams from last week. He is a movie buff, like his father as well as their forefathers!! He was waiting to watch Surya’s diwali release movie “7m Arivu” from Diwali itself. His dad was busy and somehow taking the kids to this movie was getting delayed. In between, Karthik who is an ardent Vijay fan was enthralled when Vythi had booked tickets for Velayudham for all six of us (Vythi, me, Vignesh, Karthik, and Vythi’s parents) two weeks back. After this movie, Vignesh was all the more waiting to go to Surya’s movie. Yesterday, the kids were having a great time with Vythi at home during afternoon, as I had gone out.
When I returned home, I found that Vythi had booked tickets for “7m Arivu” at Inox, for yesterday’s night show. I screamed stating that Vignesh was having his Social Studies exam today at school and hence it wasn’t ok to go to movie the previous night!! Vythi said, Vignesh has finished reading his lessons, and also added that “Vignesh says “If I watch this long pending movie, I would be even more enthusiastic to write the test”. Enna Koduma da idhu!! நாளைக்கு பரிட்சை, இன்னிக்கு சினிமாவா! என்று மனம் குமுறினாலும் வேறு வழியில்லாமல் சென்றேன்.
It has been raining continuously for almost more than a week and the streets are waterlogged. I used to love rains as a child or even as a young girl but not now. First reason, it would be mostly accompanied by kids getting cold/cough/fever etc etc and the several doctor-visits that might follow. But the major reason, that I fear rain is while driving my car. When it rains, the surroundings become so dark that it resembles a late evening environment. Roads are filled up with water, especially a few stretches like Kathipara – Olympia Tech Park – Hilton Hotel. Water gushes out as if some river or lake is overflowing and you feel scared that the water might enter into your car. My earlier car, a Maruti 800, once was filled with water till my knee level or more. The thoughts of that one event makes me shiver with fear!!Every bus that passes on my side, would make my car shake this side and that side. I start praying all known and unknown Gods to get out of those places and feel relieved when I park my car at my home.
Today morning, when I started to work, the climate was pleasant sans rains. A few minutes down the road, a heavy downpour started and many were clueless as the rains severed. I couldn’t hear anything except the splashes of rain drops. Heavy rains, heavy traffic made my life miserable. I was encouraging myself to drive fast to work. Suddenly, an Innova car that came on the opposite side sped past me splashing water. For a moment, I couldn’t see anything in front of me. And the worst part was that, it was a low lying bridge upon the Adyar river, which made me even more nervous. I was just waiting for these few moments to pass by and thankfully, here I am sitting on a cosy chair at my workplace typing this post. Happy am I to have reached safely to work today amidst rains.