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Amma's small box story [Nov. 11th, 2006|09:46 pm]
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This is a literal translation of Amma's article in this month's Mangayar Malar (page 66). It was a prize winning article in the "Petti Kadhai" series which literally means "Small box stories" i.e. very short stories.

Sumathi's child was bed ridden. No amount of anti-biotics or doctor consultations would bring the fever down. Sumathi atlast turns to the tried and tested religious re-course. She decides to offer her child's hair to a temple and ties an one rupee coin in turmeric stained cloth to formalize the offer. Two days after, the fever subsides and the child is back on his feet.

To solemnize the promised offer, Sumathi and her family go to the temple. Sumathi is disgusted with the amount of the filth strewn all over the temple. They see 'devotees' tossing plastic bags and left over food all over the temple premises. Seeing this, Sumathi and her family resolve to take a different religious pledge henceforth. Instead of offering tonsures or money or articles in kind, they would come and clean the temple premises.

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[User Picture]From: wondernoon
2006-11-11 08:24 pm (UTC)

nice one...

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Nice little petti kadhai. And so true. A good prayer indeed!
[User Picture]From: knutties
2006-11-12 04:35 am (UTC)

Re: nice one...

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Thanks :) I passed on the compliments to my mom :)
[User Picture]From: wondernoon
2006-11-11 08:26 pm (UTC)

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That reminds of the light conversation we were having when we were driving to Tirupati for our baby's tonsure at Tirupati temple. Our relative was telling us of an M.R.Radha joke in some old movie "Marubadiyum valandhrum'ra dhariyathula dhana daa neenga ellam motta podaren'nu vendikreenga! Mudi valaradhu'nu sonna evanaanu motta poduveengla!" (not the exact words may be - but something like that). In some sense cleaning the temple is a much harder prayer than offering tonsure.
[User Picture]From: knutties
2006-11-12 04:35 am (UTC)

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Yeah, it definitely is. But it is a lot more useful prayer.
[User Picture]From: sajith
2006-11-12 04:47 am (UTC)

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How very adorable.
[User Picture]From: deponti
2006-11-12 09:10 am (UTC)

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excellent little story Knutties! Convey my appreciation and congratulations to your mother. Loved it. We don't get any Tamizh magazines, so it was nice to read this. You must be so proud of her.
[User Picture]From: knutties
2006-11-12 09:30 am (UTC)

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I have relayed the wishes :) I am so very proud of my mother. I really don't want to stay away from her (
From: (Anonymous)
2006-11-13 05:11 am (UTC)

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Thought provoking short story. Great writing by your mom.

-Swati
[User Picture]From: beast_666
2006-11-14 01:18 am (UTC)

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Hmm..Nice story.. Though t-Provoking and touching..Kudos..
Came across your blog awhile browsing through LJ..Adding u as a friend..
[User Picture]From: knutties
2006-11-14 03:30 am (UTC)

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Thanks beast :) Will pass on the compliments. Added you as friend too.
[User Picture]From: mewpsych
2006-11-14 05:34 am (UTC)

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Superb!! Awesome thought! Will try to read her tamil version soon. Many hearty congratulations to her!
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[User Picture]From: knutties
2006-11-15 08:02 am (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: mewpsych
2006-11-20 11:48 am (UTC)

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Read the first hand version in tamizh. It was just too good.
It was what Thirunaavukkarasar
used to do and you can see that he always used to carry a handplow with him.
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