Ayyo Paati!


There was so much commotion in the house. The eighty-eight-year-old grandma had got locked herself in the bathroom, and there was no reply to any of the family’s calls in the past twenty minutes. The whole household was worried, and in this tension, Akash was pestering his mom Vinodhini for his iPad.

“Mom, where is my iPad? I am so bored, I want to play a game.”

“Will you stop? Great-grandma is locked inside the bathroom and I cannot be looking for your iPad right now!” replied Vinodhini angrily.

“It’s been so long since she went in.” Her father-in-law Srinivasan banged on the bathroom door again. No reply.

“Dad, haven’t you told her not to lock the bathroom?” asked the vacationing son from the US.

Ashok, Vinodhini and Akash had arrived from the US only a couple of days ago. Great-grandma was so happy to spend time with her great-grandson. They instantly bonded and were soon inseparable except for when Akash slept. It was so cute to watch Akash speak to her in English and her replying to him in Tamil. Now this unfortunate incident!

“Oh we have told her a thousand times. But she has become very forgetful these days,” said Amma in a very worried tone. “It has always been her habit to lock herself in, it’s hard to change.”

“Sir, here is the locksmith you asked for,” said the watchman, bringing with him a guy who seemed to know his business.

“The door has not been locked with the door lock, Sir. The bolt has been used to lock the room, so I cannot help,” he said a little sadly after checking the lock.

“Perumaale, Oppiliyappa, Sri Rama, please save Paati! Hope nothing has happened to her.” Amma started crying in her usual way. “Please do something,” she prodded her husband. “If she dies inside we will never hear the end of it from our relatives.”

The locksmith, being a good soul, said, “Amma, I can see if I can climb out of the balcony and reach out to the bathroom ventilator and see how she is doing.”

“Oh, please do that, I will be ever so grateful to you,” said Mom.

“Amma, what if he slips and falls? We become liable,” said her American son.

“Oh, you don’t worry about all that Sir, we have to help Pattimma before something happens to her. You go and see what you can do” said the watchman to the locksmith.

“What is all the noise I hear?” said the neighbour Ramalingam, entering the house. He quickly assessed the situation. “Oh you should call the fire service immediately. They will have tall ladders, and those strong firemen can break open the door and save Paati.”

Tadak! – A noise from the bathroom, of the latch being opened! Out came Great-grandma with headphones on her head and and iPad in her hand. “Paati!” cried Akash, running up to her, and trying to grab the iPad from her hands.

Iru da, you please wait. I am not done with the game yet!”


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. UKG (@chinnapiyan)
    Dec 14, 2014 @ 03:23:17

    Hahahahahaha Nice story even though I had already read in Tamil.
    Now you have got the clue to narrate a short story in brief with an unexpected end . Best wishes keep writing 🙂


  2. amas32
    Dec 14, 2014 @ 07:50:38

    thank you 🙂


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