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September 15, 2009

The Karmic connection between Saakku Pai and Ballet.

When I was in college, post grad, I used to take a bus or my bike(kinetic) to get there. Some days, my dad used to drop me in his car if he had some work in that area. So this one day, I was getting ready and he offered a ride. I accepted and we walked to the car. The scene that met me was unbelievable. You cant guess even if I give you a million years. Imagine! A 20 year old getting dropped by her dad to college. A car whose entire back is loaded with saakku pai (jute bags) filled with some stuff. My dads boss is sitting in the passenger seat. The office security guy in full uniform ,with a huge moustache to boot, is sitting in the back holding the saakku pais in place so that I ve room to sit at the back!!! I double backed and told my dad that I ll take my bike after all, I ve to go to a friends house after class. He gave me a look and said, "vandeela eru"! (Get in!) Not wanting to create a scene before his boss, I did,while cursing him under my breath. I mean, is he a Moron? Which self respecting girl will sit amidst saaku pai and get dropped in college? We made some small talk with the boss and neared my college.

As soon as the side gate of my college came to view, I screamed ,"Stop here, Appa. I ll go through this gate". But fate was nt on my side that day. "No no. You ve to walk a long way if you go via this gate. Let me take you to the main gate. Saar wants to see your college campus too", said the man! Why, God, why? What did I ever do to you? Was this because I made fun of Shanthi when she came to school one day with a shaved head when we were four? Or because I pulled Chitras legs since she and her 3 siblings came in a Maatu vandi(bullock cart) to school? Or was it because I sniggered at Gundamma Ratnamala who brought this huge tiffin carrier(It was anju adukku, for Gods sake!) for lunch? It had to be Karma coming to bite my behind!

So dad pulls inside the main gate. Oh yes, my secret crush is standing right near his bike talking to some friends. He had to be there, right? And some of my classmates too. Oh, goody! "Stop here, Appa", I say again trying hard not to yell. But no. the man does nt get a hint even if the said hint is dancing butt naked in front of his eyes with a huge neon sign! He stops the car at last, right in the middle of the parking area. All eyes are in the car. I try to open the door and wriggle out. But the security guy is faster and wanting to prove hes worthy of the pay check, gets down first and with his side of the door left wide open, comes running to my side and opens the door for me. As if the Maruthi 800 stuffed with saaku pai was nt enough, the security guy opens the door for me as well! If ever there was a time I prayed Mother Earth to swallow me whole, that was it! I just gave my best dirty look to my father and muttered, "You could nt have stopped at the side gate, could you?" and walked inside with my head bent. Nothing dreadful happened actually in college. At least nothing that lasted more than a couple of days. I could always count on Sharmila and her current new boy friend to take over any other news! But I remember the feeling of humiliation. Till this day. May be I over reacted, may be I was just shallow, may be I was just silly, but the embarrassment was true.

I relived this incident last week. But from this side of the fence. It happened when Ashu told me, "You dont have to come to school to help me get ready for the ballet class, Amma. I can do it myself." And if this simple statement can hurt me so much when in fact she said that because she believes shes a big girl now and can dress up herself, how much more will it hurt me when she starts getting embarrassed by me? Sigh! Refer to my Karma statement on Paragraph 2. Circle of life, my dears, Circle of life. Its vicious.

33 comments:

Altoid said...

LOL! Btw you didnt finish the 'circle of story'. Why were there 'saaku pais', why was someone sitting with them to prop them up and more importantly what did it have to do with your dad's boss?

mittu said...

I had such annoying experiences during my colleges too :(

Kodi's Mom said...

rofl at your 'evil' actions that started the karma cycle!! alty: here poor Boo is pouring out her angst & all you ask for is the story?? tsk tsk. (ok seriously Boo finish the story)

i'm already embarrassing material. yest i heard "amma, don't sit in front of me when i am playing with friends " why? "because you speak too loud"

Praveen said...

hahaha!
I have noticed during my school days, lots of gals have had a problem with their dads.
Just pray you remain smart and pick up Ashu's hints always and don't embarrass the little gal. :D

mnamma said...

LOL!! Sorry but couldn't help it :D

yaadayaada said...

Idhu too much! Was it all currency in the saakku pai? Isn't that why the security was coming along! Please say yes, that will make the story very interesting!

artnavy said...

hahah
circle of life it is

Sumana said...

That was a cute post ever. Ahh the circle of life comes back exactly round at us.

dipali said...

This is life!!!
Our teenager prefers us to drop him on the main road unless he has heavy stuff. I think ALL parents embarrass their kids:(

Mama - Mia said...

hahahaha!

i dont think there is a single parent who hasnt at one of point of time embarrassed the kids!

you have a long way to go! :p

cheers!

abha

Poppins said...

ROFL. What was in the sakku pai anyways.

She goes to Ballet? With tutus and all so sweet -pics pls

B o o said...

On popular demand - heres the story of the saakku pai. It had some stupid compliments(for the customers) stuffed, some rexin bag or something. This was taken from my dads office branch to a different branch. The boss and dad had a meeting there or something. The security guy? Well, my dad does nt go anywhere without an edubudi! (lackey!)

Anonymous said...

My most embarrasing moment was when my dad selected material for "Half" pant for a diwali when I was in 10th std, this is despite pleading that I have grown up...I did not wear that dress the whole day when all the colony kids were bursting crackers outside....in new gorgeous dresses...

Worse, he use to instruct the tailor "Nalla Mutti varaikum vara mathiri loosa thainga..." I will look like a beat constable of mgr movies....

Me said...

Boo...avalo dhaana...I was expecting that your dad will say that keep this saaku pai with you till lunch..I'll come back and pick it up...:)

ROTFL! @ anon...OMG the last line is so funny I burst out laughing....you made my day with that comment...

Uma said...

LOL! Well, there's still a long way to go... LOL!

Shobana said...

Such a funny story Boo and only you could have narrated it with so much humor in it!!! I feel for you..similar episodes have occured during my college years too (with my dad as the villain).

Cantaloupes.Amma (CA) said...

As much as I feel your angst ... the worst part you can't even cry out these things to your parents ... they will lecture you about all the torture you inflicted on them ... grrrr....

Anonymous said...

LOL! How do you come up with these tags? Perfect post with perfect tags.
Seetha

Reva said...

Boo.. though there was some stupid compliments in rexin bags in the saaku pais, you don't tell that to others ok?. Filled with currency like YY said.. disguised in saaku pais.. top secret mission.. the boss and your dad.. security was the adi aal! he he!!! :)

utbtkids said...

LOL. Karma girl, karma, I am a complete believer.

WA said...

HaHa Boo worse is yet to come. But it does eventually get better though, from having to walk a step ahead or behind the lad and pretend that we are not related, I am now allowed to walk next to the teenager now. I think I am slowly moving into the circle of 'cool mum', even though I say so myself :)

Lol@anon's comment

Anonymous said...

Boo oru vishayam kavanacheengala? U seem to be in the receiving end in both occassions.. So it is not the karmic circle YET. But never mind end of the tunnel not far away..

oru vishayam sollunga boo.. adhu epdi tags ezhuthareenga? seems like u write down whatever u come across whenever (in probably a 40 pakka note book) and use them when needed...

raj

Madura said...

Totally cool story! :)

Four years in undergrad - I ignored my appa when he was inside the college for his monthly meeting. His classmates were my professors. I made him promise me that he would tell no-one and ignore me, until I came to him, and he kept the word as best as he can!!! :))) ... Just once since one guy was kadalaying too much with me and didnt know how to break it in any diplomatic way, I told him, "can you please hold on a second, I will tell my father something before he leaves" and ran to the canteen where my pa was standing, and watching and just said hi and came back - the kadalai guy was saying how god damn shocked he was, for the rest of the year!!! :))) ... but my pa smiled when we recited it at home that weekend! Cool pa haan? But god knows how terrible he felt about me disowning him most of the time!

Looks like I have a HUGE KARMA waiting to burst on me - ofcourse in double load!

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Icarus Prakash said...

ithukke ivLo feelingsu? innum evLlovo irukke :)

just laauved that labels... semma kalakkal

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Munchkin said...

LOL...I guess whatever we do we'll one day embarass our kids!

B o o said...

Thanks Nikhila.

DotThoughts said...

You have a book in you, boo. What awesome story telling. And heck, I have been embarassed by less, trust me. Let's blame it on the hormones :)

Nagesh.MVS said...

I had such annoying experiences during my colleges too.

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Subhashree said...

Karma did bite you behind, right? Lol! But hugs too... As much as we love our girls, they are traitors in disguise. My brat is my fan, no matter what. May be next, you should go for a boy!

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Anonymous said...

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