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Lockdown paduthara paadu!

Lockdown Paduthara Paadu!

- Anand Kumar R.S

The usually chatty and eventful day in the life of Tambrahms have become chattier and more eventful during these lockdown days.

“Innikku menu enna?” – Even during normal days, as I have written in one of my earlier posts, this is one phrase which will get the goat of mamis at Tambrahm households often. Ippo kekave vendaam. Due to the lockdown, mamis who usually manage the menu time table very efficiently using complex algorithmic formula that has been handed over by their ammas, are at sea in the past few weeks. Due to non-availability or shortage of key groceries and provisions, ivalavu varshama use pannindu iruntha technique ellam onnuthukkum ubayogam illaama poyiduthu!

“Oru ravai mattum aathula stock iruntha, ethara easy theriyumo? Kaarthala tiffinukku Upma oru naal, rava idli oru naal nnu pannalaam. Appadiye ravaiya vechu Pongalum pannalaam. Upma va konjam maathi oru naal Rava kichidinnu thatti vidalaam. Apparam raathiri palagarathukku rava dosai panni oru naal samaalichudalaam. Apparam, saayangaalam enna tiffinnnu mama kekarache, rava kesariyum pannalaam! Intha ravai illaama thindaattama irukku. Intha essential items la first ravaiya manufacture panna cholli, supply panna thodanganam”! This was a mami talking to her friend who is stuck in Florida now. “Neenga yen kekarel? South Indian items ellaam inga Indian stores’la out of stock! Rava mattum illai, oru saamaan inga stock illa! India vula Ponni arisi, puzhungal arisi ithellam ungalukku kidaikume? Maava araichu vechutta idli, doasai nnu kadaiya ottalaam. Bread’a thinnu thinnu aluthu poyaachu, mami!”



Not only Rava. There are other such “God sent” items like Aval… which are also on short supply, making the life of the mami tougher. Conversations like these are common at Tambrahm households these days:

Mama: Innikku menu enna?

Mami: Kaalangaarthala ezhuntha udane, intha kelviya engitta kekka dheengo. Athu thaan T.N. Seshan yetho sonnaaraame. Palakkad Iyers are either good cooks or crooks nnu? Naan ithu vara neenga cook panni paathathu illai. Samayala pathi vaai kizhiya pesarathoda sari! Oru naal neenga samayungalen.

Mama: Enna ippadi sollitta? Antha kaalathula enga kovil Annual Sastha preetikku enga thatha Parameshwara Iyeroda paal payasuthukkunne manusha varuvaa!

Mami: Intha kathaiya engitta oru 101 praavisyam cholli iruppel. Naan unga thatha va pathi kekalai. Unga appavum nanna paayasam veppar. Naan paathirukken. Ongala pathi kekaren.

Mama: Ippo enna? Enna menu nnu thane ketten? Etha panrayo pannu.


The fact is many mamas are good at basic level cooking. Some have passed advanced grade also. But there are many, who, even if they don’t know to cook, will get very high marks in theory!

“Samalaya pathi vakkanaiya pesuvaar engaathu mama. Ellam therinju vechundu, en uyira vaanguvaar, intha manushan”, I have often heard this from many mamis!

Once the menu is finalised somehow, looking at what is available and what is not and all, the next question which creates additional head ache for the mami is “Thottukka enna?”

Mami: Tifinnukku Idli panni vechurukken. Vanthu eduthukongo.

Mama: Idli ya? Thottukka enna?

Mami: Idli panrathe perisu intha samayathula. Ithula thottukka enna vereya? Irukkara molaga podiya thottundu chaapidungo. Kalyana aathu tiffin madiri Chutney, Sambhar, Molaga podi, Gotsu’nnu varietya ellam ippo panna mudiyaathu. Irukaratha kazhiyungo!

Mama: (Mind voice) Yetho nalla nalla romba variety’a pannina madiri!


As you are aware, thanks to lockdown, most of the mams are now WFH. WFH nna Working From Home illai. Anyway, retired aayache. Because the maid servants are not coming, they are now “Working For Home” in addition to their WhatsApping From Home!

So in the morning, once the Coffee is over, mama Shanka Chakra Gada Pani madiri, oru kaiyula thodappam, innoru kayila Mop stick, naduvula moramuma veetta clean panrennu does his bit these days in cleaning the house. As per mami, in normal days, the same Shanka Chakra Gada Pani mama will have mobile phone in one hand, TV remote in another and US Ponnu vaangi kudutha I-pad in between while sipping his filter Kaapi on and off.

Though the cleaning effort and the helping hand of the mama are commendable, mami is anxious to know when the government will start allowing non-essential goods to be sold. Yenna, mama cleaning aarambichathulenthu, shopping panrathukku list perisaayinde irukku. So far, in the past 4 weeks the score is 5 wickets sorry 4 items down. Mop stick rendeyum udachachu. Thudaikara bucket handle poyaachu. Vilakku maar – naar naar’aa vanthundu irukku. Paathiram thekkara Scotch Brite onnu micham illai. Ithellam udane vaangiye aaganum.

The other day, when mami was having a WhatsApp video call with her friend, the friend mami said, “Enna mami, unga aathu floor oda shining enakku inga theriyarathe!” Mama overheard this and the result was the breaking of the mop stick. Not just one. But the second one which was kept for standby purposes also in an attempt to impress mami further!

Just like everyone else now, mamas and mamis are craving for the day when the lockdown will be fully lifted and life can go back to normal. Some of the laments of the mamas include:

Oru walkingukku kooda poga mudiyaama, veettaye evalavu naalaikku suthi vanthindu irukarathu?

Oru Kovilukku poi ethara naal aayachu? Intha varsham namma kovilla bhagavatha sapthaham ellam miss panni aachu!

Aryaas hoteloda Nei roast, masala vadaiyoda taste’a maranthu poyaachu!

Adutha vaaram Sabha vila Sanjay Subramanyam kacheri irunthathu – athuvum cancel!

Oru kalyanam, karthigainnu onnuthukkum poga mudiyama aayachu. Inime oru varshathukku veeta vittu engeyum eranga mudiyathu!

Innaikku Trissur Pooram kodiyettukku oru manusha illai! Ennoda Jeevithathula itha parupen’nnu naan vijaarikave illai!

Intha China kaaran eduthu vitta virus naala, logam enna paadu padarathu paathiyo?

Naan decide panni aachu, inime China voda oru product naan vaanga porathu illa! Vera entha country product aanaalum o.k. But, China never!

Neenga enna decide panni irukkel?

 

usaiyer

Member
Kallakitel pongo! Romba swarasyama erukku.Mami Mamave kindal pannrudum
and Mama react panradum , would be possible only during lock out times, These are lockout specials which both can enjoy.
The comment on China is welcome,Even in India where essentials supply chains are slightly
better,Chinese goods have caught the fancy of people as in US, For them i like to go
with your decision ,Entha country lerundum vankinalum vaankalam,but china ,Never,
Your statement is visionary and have policy implications for the government in U S.
Looks like the lockdown is a god sent opportunity to make mamas and mamis more creative in finding new solutions for problems on the home front.Today only we could
find a solution to the fridge problem that was giving out water from all insides and filling the vegetable trays at he bottom on the 35 th day of lockout.
Stay Home and stay safe.
 

tbs

Well-known member
hi

Kaalangaarthala ezhuntha udane, intha kelviya engitta kekka dheengo. Athu thaan T.N. Seshan yetho sonnaaraame. Palakkad Iyers are either good cooks or crooks nnu? Naan ithu vara neenga cook panni paathathu illai. Samayala pathi vaai kizhiya pesarathoda sari! Oru naal neenga samayungalen.

this story liked by my wife....she really looklike palakkad tamil...
 
Kallakitel pongo! Romba swarasyama erukku.Mami Mamave kindal pannrudum
and Mama react panradum , would be possible only during lock out times, These are lockout specials which both can enjoy.
The comment on China is welcome,Even in India where essentials supply chains are slightly
better,Chinese goods have caught the fancy of people as in US, For them i like to go
with your decision ,Entha country lerundum vankinalum vaankalam,but china ,Never,
Your statement is visionary and have policy implications for the government in U S.
Looks like the lockdown is a god sent opportunity to make mamas and mamis more creative in finding new solutions for problems on the home front.Today only we could
find a solution to the fridge problem that was giving out water from all insides and filling the vegetable trays at he bottom on the 35 th day of lockout.
Stay Home and stay safe.
Thank you so very much!
 
hi

Kaalangaarthala ezhuntha udane, intha kelviya engitta kekka dheengo. Athu thaan T.N. Seshan yetho sonnaaraame. Palakkad Iyers are either good cooks or crooks nnu? Naan ithu vara neenga cook panni paathathu illai. Samayala pathi vaai kizhiya pesarathoda sari! Oru naal neenga samayungalen.

this story liked by my wife....she really looklike palakkad tamil...
Thank you! Yes mostly Palakkad Tamil.
 

tbs

Well-known member
Thank you! Yes mostly Palakkad Tamil.
hi

my mom belong to palakkad....so we speak palakkad tamil at home...i studied veda patashala/high school

from palakkad village....we know very well abt this story...

அத்து தன் டி.என். சேஷன் யேத்தோ சோனாராமே. பாலக்காடு ஐயர்கள் நல்ல சமையல்காரர்களா அல்லது வஞ்சகர்களா?.
 
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Lotusinsanskrit

Active member
Last frustrated answer to thottukka enna by mami will be 'enna thottukka'. As usual fantastic flow of tambrahm and I can say modified as 'palbrahmtam'. And here I see one man said in his id itself milkforest.
 

usaiyer

Member
En Aathukaarukkum ohditor !!! (Auditor) ,said my neighbor one day. I got perplexed.
Like the popular T.N.Seshan who is no more with us ,they are very intelligent, pushing and had really
invaded Bombay in the early sixties.They like large company of friends whether in US or elsewhere and
are outgoing type unlike Tambrahm. Also love Scotch and high life style especially working for companies like Hindlever or Burmah shell. or other foreign companies,Their spoken tamil is slightly mixed with Malayalam and some times can be misunderstood with the use of words like 'Samsaram'
which has different meaning in native Tamil.They are unique by themselves in language .can call
Palbrahm.
A friend who came from that side ,once while walking with me in Chennai almost got annoyed and
let out his feelings on me in harsh voice ''See people pee on the street in Chennai,we don't find this
in our place.What is this? What reply can you give him,except to agree with his observation?
 

tbs

Well-known member
En Aathukaarukkum ohditor !!! (Auditor) ,said my neighbor one day. I got perplexed.
Like the popular T.N.Seshan who is no more with us ,they are very intelligent, pushing and had really
invaded Bombay in the early sixties.They like large company of friends whether in US or elsewhere and
are outgoing type unlike Tambrahm. Also love Scotch and high life style especially working for companies like Hindlever or Burmah shell. or other foreign companies,Their spoken tamil is slightly mixed with Malayalam and some times can be misunderstood with the use of words like 'Samsaram'
which has different meaning in native Tamil.They are unique by themselves in language .can call
Palbrahm.
A friend who came from that side ,once while walking with me in Chennai almost got annoyed and
let out his feelings on me in harsh voice ''See people pee on the street in Chennai,we don't find this
in our place.What is this? What reply can you give him,except to agree with his observation?
hi sir,

i brought up within palakkad in youngerdays.....as Shri T N Seshan....i brought up in palakkad agraharam..

we call TAMILAYALAM....tamil with malayalam...still we use in our home in USA...its very difficult

to change...our tamil accent clearly show....i still remember the SAMSARAM story...becoz use of more

words of malayalam into tamil....a typical culture /lamguage/food within TAMBRAHM..
 
hi

my mom belong to palakkad....so we speak palakkad tamil at home...i studied veda patashala/high school

from palakkad village....we know very well abt this story...

அத்து தன் டி.என். சேஷன் யேத்தோ சோனாராமே. பாலக்காடு ஐயர்கள் நல்ல சமையல்காரர்களா அல்லது வஞ்சகர்களா?.
He said "Crooks" in his own "cheeky sense of humour"! I don't think it is true.
 

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