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Trickling Thoughts - Open Sesame

I think whoever settled in this country first were not exactly big fan of the English way of doing things. Obviously, if you are exiled or shipped as prisoner from some country, it may not rank high on your list of favourite places. But athukaga ivlo extreme!! Avanga oorla left turn na inga right. Anga switch keezha push panna ON aagumna inga ulta. Ivlo enga...saavi poatu kathava thorakka kooda lever ultava iruku!!! Actually you see..normala..nalla naalulaye namakku velangidum ithula ivlo kanpoosans vera iruntha kozhantha enna thaan pannum (kozhanthainnu enna sonnengarathu pretty obviousngarathalaa remind pannala).

Intha veena pona oorla innoru kodumai ennana..ella apartmentskum oray colour, oray height, oray shape and oray set of  floors. Thoorakenthu paaka ennamo greeting card set mathiri irukaynu aasapattu veedu pudicha..hmmmm....

Almost all of my colleagues and their friends stay in this apartment community. So, ingaye veedu paatha vasathi sollitu, till the time i took a house, was staying with my friend. Everyday, he used to come with me till the path that goes to office and show the way out :) In that damn place, kanna thiranthu kaatula vitta mathiri, every lane and every building looked copy paste of each  other.

One chilly evening, was walking outside the apartment, talking to mom. Phone pesikittay was ulaathifying on the side walk and soon i was quite far away from my apartment. After a while, i realised, i had come way too far away and decided to walk back home. (Ithuku melayum solli asingapdanuma!!) Veetu number maranthu poachu. I had forgotten to take the key or my friends phone number. Ennada panrathu paathutrukarapo i saw him coming in the distance. I thanked my stars and veetuku poitu pana first vela..apartment numbera manapaadam pannathu thaan!!

Seri..pulla ivlo thelivaiduchay nenachu santhoshapadatheengappu. Anga thaan speciala kindina aapu was awaiting.

Few days later. Same scene. Ushaara i had taken the key and also my friends number too. I the brilliant you see. Was calling home and this time was so sure of my place that, i was carefree chatting over phone. Suddenly it started raining. I rushed back to my apartment and tried to open the door. It was locked from inside. The rain was so chilly that it was as if some one was pouring ice cold water in sprinkler. I kept banging the door and called my friend on phone. After a while he picked the call. I was waiting for him to open the door in pouring rain and that bugger took for ever. Feeling irritated i kept banging the door. When i tried to open the door for the 4th time, suddenly it struck me if i am at the right apartment. I checked the door number and it was same. Feeling confident i called my friend again to shout, only to be shouted at in reply. He said, he was waiting outside the apartment and asked me where i am!!! Appo thaaan theria vanthathu....Apartment number mug pannathu ennamo vaasthavam thaan....intha veena pona communityla..it was not just the color and size, even door numbers are same!!! Hotels mathiri each building has a number and athula floorku etha mathiri numbers irukumaam!!! Unknowingly, i had been trying to open the door of the next aparment building. I was stunned for a minute..wondering whether to run away from that place or just stand. Odina..kathava thattitu odarennu adi vizhum..angeye ninna...veedu theryama kathava therakka try pannenu adi vizhum..epdiyum tharamadi nichayam. En nalla neram...no one opened the door. Ennoda rommbba rommbaa nalla neram..no one was at that house that time. Illaati nadu rathiri oru maniku kathava poattu udaichathuku...tharmathuku vaangirukanum.

Best part of the incident was, the next day, saw an ad for moving sale and went to the same apartment to pick up chairs and other stuff :) Since those people were moving back to India, the previous week they had been busy visiting friends and relatives it seems. Athunaala oru vaarama avanga yaaru veetla illayaam.

Avanga avanga edukara decisionum namakku saathagamaathaaan iruku!!!

(Kodumais Kontinued)

Comments

RS said…
Mudiyalaya unga akka porr innum. Aana unga roomie ya irukra antha apppaviya nenachu, vaarthaiye varala. Why Gils, why???

When I first landed in here, I too had similar confusions, because all the apartments were pretty much similar. So, I avoided going out alone, but understood the logic in a while. Aana, banging door of pakkathu apartment- ungalaala mattttttum thaan mudiyum. Would love to see your face if the original flatmates opened the door, ha ha ha haha ha... Chance-e illa Gils. Ethana Priya vandhaalum ungala maatha mudiyaathu.....
gils said…
Priyakkum ithkum enna sambantham..and bye the bye..Priyannay mudivu paniteengala!!!
Ramesh said…
Ha Ha ha Classic Gilsu post. This is really book material - book title "Kodumais in Karolina" !!

Oru chinna doubt. rathiri oru manikku yaroda phonela pesinenga ??? Priyavathaan irukkum :)
Aarti said…
Sathyama u r having too much of a time there in USngradu theriyardu....

But i have heard of this same looking same house, same number thingy from mnay others.. so total empathy sympathy with u... pesama veedu, building, friend moonji elathiyum photo pudichu keep on cell phone, like surya gajini ishtyle!! all the best.. innum ennavellam nadaka poratho...
Venkat said…
Neenga varuvenganu therinche avunga veetta kaali panittu poi irupainga aiya!! ;)
rs said…
avlo periya comment ezhuthineney, athula antha otrai vaarthai mattum lens vechi paartha mathiri therinjirukuthey, ithuku melayum why would one have second thoughts gilsy? :p
gils said…
@thalai:

oru book enna oru seriesay podalamm avlo kodumai :(
gils said…
@rt:

it happens only to gils nenachen..paravalla..neria kambeni irukum pola :)
gils said…
@venkat:

hehehe...irukalam..aaana naan avlo derror peiecelaam ileenga :D

@athivasi:

urudu mathiri kadisilenthu padichitu vanthenaa.aathaan first maatichi :D :D shaabbaa..ennaalaam solli samaalika vendiruku!!!

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