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Lagically speaking!

July 16, 2010

Grandma (maternal) has a strong opinion in just about any topic in the world, and I found out last week, she also has certain strong “ideas” about my marriage as well.

Her husband, my granddad (RIP) was a powerfully built man; a man who commanded strong respect from others. But at home, it was always the opposite. She pretty much took most of the important domestic decisions and he always got to play the role of a “Yes Man” to perfection. 😛

She belongs to a generation who never believed in beating around the bush. She only said what she meant and just when people might make the mistake of labeling her “old fashioned”; she proves them all wrong.

For example, a couple of years back, when my cousin sister told the family that she was in love, the first questions which came up were, “Religion? Region? and Caste?”

On the other hand, my grandma’s first question was, “Nalla paiyan-aa?” (Is he a good guy?)

And when she is in her flow, she loves dishing out tons of advice; and her idea of a conversation is never like a sugar coated doughnut, but more like a spicy vethal kozhambu.

Well, back to last week; grandma was in one of her more generous “advice giving” moods.

Well, the girl should be blah blah and more blah……………………….” She droned on for sometime.

I do not know if they have a new thesaurus released in Tamil, but she certainly used a lot of words to make her stance on this matter amply clear.

 I managed a weak “seri”, “hmm”, and “ok” now and then; desperately trying to change the topic. But nope, when she has something to say; there is no stopping her.

And she finally said, stressing on every word, “And importantly, the girl has to be beautiful”.

 But paati, that is not that important”, I tried telling her.

Never known for mincing her words, she said with a final stamp of authority, “You don’t know anything. For the kid to look beautiful/cute, atleast one of the parents has to be good looking”.

All I could manage was a weak “Ooho…errrr…ok”.

How does one refute this kind of logic?

PS: Listening to this now

13 Comments leave one →
  1. July 16, 2010 1:47 am

    I like your grandma!!!
    OG: hahaha 😛
    Oh, I wish I could get advice on how to make my husband a Yes Man…
    OG: 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛

    • Swaram permalink
      July 16, 2010 6:16 am

      LOL. I cud take that too 😉
      OG: well, not introducing her to anyone then 😛 it is a secret which should not be shared!!!!!!!!!! 😛 😛 😛

  2. July 16, 2010 4:09 am

    WOW !!! Where is this patti ??? In Chennai ??? Now, all the more reason to visit your place – first to talk with your mom and see this awesome patti !!! 😉 😉
    OG: hahaha.. yup… in chennai 😛 and I am not introducing them to you……….. 😛
    Love her logical reasoning – What do you know ??? -You’ve just begun your search for a girl, but she is the lady with such experience, better listen to her !!! 🙂
    OG: ya ya 😛
    OG, for you the girl being beautiful might not be important. But for your patti, the sambandhis being beautiful is probably important, what say ????? 😉
    OG: good one !!!!!!!!! hahahahah
    But I like the way she ruled a “Yes Man” with authority. Maybe she wants some girl like her, to make you a YES MAN….he he he he… 😉
    OG: I’d rather stay a bachelor all my life 😉
    Oh, this is getting all interesting and more fun….waiting for more inputs on this drama….
    OG: yeah yeah 😛 neenga solluvenga 😛

  3. Anon123 permalink
    July 16, 2010 4:39 am

    hahah… and i thought our parents and elders are the ones who always say “unnaku enna da kurrachal, Kamal Haasan mathri irruke”.. but your grandmother is something else… a long time reader of this blog but usually dont comment.. but not this time 🙂
    OG: ROFL!!!!!!!!!!!!! and what a post to de-anon………. 😛 my mom says the above line 😛 ROFL!!!!!!! thanks for the comment anon and thanks for reading the blog of this ordinary guy
    OG: cheers to you as well 😛

    • July 16, 2010 6:02 am

      OG, nee kamalahasan mathiriya irruke ???? LOL !!!! 😆
      OG: 😛 kidding offcourse 😛 if he epitomizes good looking, then I epitomize the very opposite 😛

      • Anon123 permalink
        July 21, 2010 7:37 am

        but as they say beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder 🙂
        OG: yeah, but it never happens in real life 😛

    • Anon123 permalink
      July 21, 2010 7:40 am

      Thanks OG… i really enjoy ur blogs and wish you write more often.. of late, you are writing often (thats goood, i get too bored in office :)))
      OG: thanks Anon. Well, I get bored in office nowadays as well 😛 hence writing more 😛
      that’s what mothers do 🙂 .. even my mother and grandmother (may god bless her) say similar things .. ur grandma is completely different..
      OG: hahah 😛

  4. Swaram permalink
    July 16, 2010 6:17 am

    LOL. I really like this grandma of urs. She should be blogging actually 😛
    OG: hahaha 😛
    I like vethal kozhambu more than anything sweet 😉
    OG: I like it as well 😛

  5. July 16, 2010 9:24 am

    🙂 so now we know you are bound to look for a beautiful girl !
    OG: hahah 😛

  6. July 16, 2010 1:48 pm

    Hahaha awesome! Paati is awesome 🙂
    OG: yeah, she is 😛

  7. July 16, 2010 4:13 pm

    Ha ha!! All oldies are the same 😉 I bet we will do something like that when we get to that stage too. We’d probably say
    ‘Beta, the girl has to be computer-savvy, well-versed in Blogging, fluent in Online shopping’ 😉 blah blah blah 😉
    OG: ROFL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 online shopping???? I would never say that 😛 😛 😛 😛

  8. July 17, 2010 3:09 pm

    Grandma’s rock! 😛 😀
    OG: yeah, she does 😛

  9. July 25, 2010 4:49 am

    LOL! I adore your paati from now on! Can she search a guy for me too? Someone who is a yes man preferrably 😀

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