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Paati and my Mom were having major gripes about my hair ever since I disappeared one saturday afternoon and came back with short hair. Anyth...

Paati and my Mom were having major gripes about my hair ever since I disappeared one saturday afternoon and came back with short hair. Anything that happens, they blame my haircut. Even if I get a stomach ache, they manage to find a way to connect it to the haircut. A couple of days back, I proudly told them that my hair fall has come down considerably, since the comb was coming out pretty clean, unlike before when my hair used to drop by the clumps (disturbing, I know).

"Mudi irundha dhaana kottardhukku" guffawed my grandmother.

(Only if there's hair, there can be hairfall)


"Haiyyo, aama ma, ippove ipdi na, ava Inter exam ezhudhambodhu sottaiyaaduva." my very, concerned mother, interrupted.

(Haiyyo, yes ma, If its like this now, she'll become bald by the time she writes her Inter exam" )


"Apdina kalyanam pannikudukambodhu mottaiya?"

(Oh so when she gets married, she won't have any hair left? )


"Perumaale! Apdi laam solladha ma! Motta ponnukku epdi na payyan paakardhu?"

("God! Don't say stuff like that ma! How can I find a suitable boy for a bald daughter?")


"Pesaama andha Buddhist-o gudhdhist-o, Burma-la irupaale, mottaiya, andha maari oru payyana dhaan paakanum. Budhdhist-la Iyengar pasanga irupaa la? Iyer budhdhist kuda ok."

(Why don't we hitch her to one of those budhdhist-gudhdhists in Burma or something...they're all bald no? And are there Iyengars in these budhdhists? Iyer Budhdhist is also okay" )




Don't you just love family?

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41 comments

  1. Lol...last 2 sentences were funny...it happeens in orthodox families lik ours...sometimes its funny...hee....hee

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  2. I find it funny how Iyer and Iyengar families consider it a great concession to inter-marry, despite being virtually identical communities!I've heard the "Iyengar kooda ok" line a few times in my family and LOL'd!

    Normally, the concession scale among Tam Brahms goes from "Iyer/Iyengar kooda ok" to "Brahmanala irrundha podhum" to "Vegetarian-a irrundha paravaillai" to (in case of love marriages) "Edho Hindu-va patthale, adhe punyam!" and ends at "at least thulukkana kootindu varalaye!"

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  3. lol...
    hilarious!
    ppl around me think im crazy..im laughing so hard, staring at the screen

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  4. hehe.. that was nice..

    btw lemme give u a piece of advice.. a lot of male visitors to ur blog think u r a sexy, witty, successful (etc..) girl and everything. writing such stuff might make u lose their market maa. avunga karpanai le ipdi "frank admissions" panni manna vaari pottradhe.. :)

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  5. lol!! Pity them. They have no idea what all are in store for them :p

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  6. LOL this happened for 3 years before I finally said yes to a guy ;)

    It all worked per my parents and granny. So, to the last minute, my mom kept on asking me if everything was okay, and if I'd planned to run away or something, I should let her atleast know ;)

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  7. Yenna Koduma sir idhu. (re: Last sentence)

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  8. Lol, I think your paati is very progressive, for her generation. Not to mention well-informed.

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  9. If there are such perks in being a Buddhist maybe I should considering becoming one.

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  10. @rajesh
    Not sometimes, all the time :P

    @Idling
    Lol! We are kindred souls my man, or atleast our families are. The "thulukkan" line had me rofling! So true! All these "thulukkans" and "kiruthuvans" are duly followed up with one "enna ezhavo" in my household.
    Lol.

    @buddy
    thanks!

    @chokkathangam
    thanks?

    @gradowlf
    You have no idea...lol

    @nandini
    lol! Typical!

    @yuvi
    in house entertainment just took a whole new meaning :P

    @BPSK
    Ya think?

    @Wicked
    Oh yes, "iyer budhdhist" kuda namlukku ok.
    ;)

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  11. wow! It comes across that we are liberal in most matters however indha kalyanam visheyam le mattum we become rigid!

    iyer buddhist! too much. Have to ask the dalai lama if they have that variety in stock.

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  12. hey hey!! Romba comedy a irundhudhu!! ha ha!! And abt JAANE TU, even i liked every bit of it.. Imran Khan was rocking and Genelia was superb!!

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  13. BRILLIANT!! and yes i do so love families especially when they come up with statements like these :D

    thanks for the laugh

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  14. laughing my ass off!!

    i love it when you do posts like these!!
    keep 'em coming!!

    ps: my grandmom was commenting on my future baldness, the other day too!

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  15. chutney,I am not a buddhist..but am Iyer *wink* ;)

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  16. Lovely post this one.....and can just imagine my own family talking like this...
    yenneye illame epdi mudi irko??


    So oru iyer buddhist kadchaLa????

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  17. My wife had extremely long hair when we got married. That was mostly because her parents wouldn't dream of letting her cut it. Needless to say, she hated it, especially the maintenance part which involved applying oil the consistency of rubber adhesive.

    After a few months of our wedding, she batted eyelids at me one evening and asked me if I agreed that short hair would look better on her. Basically I would have agreed to have a swastika tattooed on her forehead at that point in time, such was impulse to agree with everything she said.

    "Of course, my sweet", I said, or words to that effect. And she promptly cut her hair short and told everyone that her husband had made her do it. It is sixteen years now and I still get roundly abused by random aunties I don't even know, at weddings and thread ceremonies, for that act of high criminality.

    Chutney, you jumped the gun.

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  18. HAHA!

    I'm picturing you on your wedding day with this bald buddhist dude :D

    Families, I agree, are way too cool :D

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  19. @Idling in top gear: Took the words right out of my mouth. Lol! I've heard that 'thulukan' phrase myriad times in my house. Oh well, I'm glad my parents are happy now. Sigh!

    @Chutney:
    Pattis I tell you, what would families do without them?

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  20. ahaha! i scared the jeepers outta my paati(& possibly the whole clan) in my 2nd grade by making a blasphemous declaration... referring to a gujju(jain)kid as my boyfriend. buddhist iyers and possible jain vadakala iyengars eh, who knew? :D

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  21. Haha! Hilarious!! When I chopped my hair short years ago, I only had to deal with a tearful mother who mourned for days! I did it on a friday too!!! Abachaaram!!!
    I think the tambrahms come up with some fantastic one-liners!!!

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  22. that was super:)the best is that our paati's tell all this seriously. they actuall think we would have to end up marrying a buddhist jsut becase we have a few strands cut off

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  23. lol good one. . .iyengar budhist , rofll!!. . .Its lovely to be a tam bram , even granny's have a great sense of humour :D

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  24. LMAO , your family is really cool.
    I really love this kinda petty chats with the grannys..
    some of them are really funny

    Its better you start styling your short hair , you can always counter them by saying that its more attractive than the long hair ;-)

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  25. adhellam ok dhan... aana andha motta buddhist mudi vecha onniya kattikka sammadhan solluvaara?

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  26. Atuu hair or no hair you look like Kovai Sarla.Unnaku Mr. Pichandi thaan maata poran. Pathenda iru. Then the two of you will be like "Snegitha-naye, Snegithana-ye"

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  27. @everyone else other than "wicked"
    thanks! :) I know, sooper paati. :D

    @wicked
    thoda! adhu nee solriya?
    nee 30-vaysla sotta di!
    I feel sorry for your future victim..i mean wife.

    FYI my husband wont be local Pichaandi. Pichaandi-a pannindaalum naangelaam internaysonal pichaandis only kalyanam-kattifying. Nalla kekuraariya detaillu.

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  28. Kanna, mudi illada 'manda' daan oru 'thala', enga Rajini-MGR madri.

    Na oru thala!


    Onnoda Pichandi vandu 'international' level pichandi aan. Ada perimiya vera vella sollikara.

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  29. hey chutney,

    just been reading up some posts of yours.. nice work... pretty funny..

    [calm before the storm]

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  30. Funny part is just the other day,i had gone to see my ammamma and was wtachin tv when she slowly came and was touching my hair and holding it against the light and squintin...she's this paaaavaaammm silent kinds ok? (totally unlike me or my mum...we're on my thatha) When i asked her wat she was analysing, she was genuinely curious, and was askin me abot y my hair is that 'sembattai' colour and whether 'idu dan ipo fashion aa?' ...i was like yea yea...and she wanted to know if i would have brownish hair forever...i had to explain hw hair grows OUT of colour etc etc...

    After 5 minutes, she went n told my mum..."PReeti ku ipo kalyanam venda...Oru varusham pottum..Mudi e illa, ena kalyanam"

    Ayo ayo!

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  31. considering the number of comments you've had for this post, there's not much left for me to say.

    Truly, truly hilarious though :) lol :)

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  32. Buddhist Iyengar was top.. Even ur mom and grandmom are innovative!!! :)

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  33. Yenna Koduma sir idhu. (re: Last sentence)

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  34. lol...
    hilarious!
    ppl around me think im crazy..im laughing so hard, staring at the screen

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  35. Lol...last 2 sentences were funny...it happeens in orthodox families lik ours...sometimes its funny...hee....hee

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  36. Lovely post this one.....and can just imagine my own family talking like this...
    yenneye illame epdi mudi irko??


    So oru iyer buddhist kadchaLa????

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  37. BRILLIANT!! and yes i do so love families especially when they come up with statements like these :D

    thanks for the laugh

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  38. Lol, I think your paati is very progressive, for her generation. Not to mention well-informed.

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