My and my friends -2


Went to meet a friend. He was eating. Expected him to invite me to share food. No luck. He continued to eat.

‘Enjoy your eating’, I said.

‘Thank you’, he said and continued eating.

After five minutes, I said again.

‘Enjoy your eating’

Now he asked his wife, ‘give him a plate. He would have finished his lunch but won’t mind giving me his company ‘

My friends, like me, are intelligent !


Me & my friends – 1

I dialed a friend at Chennai. He is almost of my age.

‘Chuppu, morning!’

‘Morning? You found the muhoortam ( auspicious time ) to call me only now? It is 9.00 pm, here. Should we go to sleep or not?’

‘I’m sorry. Extremely sorry. You must be already on the bed or on your way to bed’

‘Am I a lucky single guy like you? Will your manni ( elder brother’s wife) allow me to go to bed alone ?’

‘Wah, that is the spirit, I admire. Anyway, I’m sorry. I’m extremely sorry, that I called you at a wrong time. There is no worse pApam (sin ) than disturbing a couple on their way to share a bed. I apologize’

‘Mannanktti- stop that nonsense! ‘ screamed my friend. ‘She is following me to the bedroom to ensure that I don’t open my ipad and chat with FB friends’


A single flower; a drop of water

A single flower
Placed on your feet
Blooms my entire garden,
My life, my Soul!

A drop of water
Poured at your feet
Comes back as monsoon rains
To quench the thirst of
Parched lands

My, Lord! Unable to imagine
The quantum of reward
When my life is placed
At your lotus feet!

I can place a flower,
A drop of water
But how to place my life
At your feet, my Lord?

You pluck this flower
And place on your crown
You do it, my Lord
You do it!

Ammalu is always right

‘Ammalu, comes to memory the good olden days when you used to fan me with a pretty palm leaf fan, standing close to me, almost touching me. Can’t you repeat that kind act, when my friends visit us, this afternoon?’

‘There were no ceiling fans then. We have a fan now in every room. More over, why do you want me to fan you in the presence of your friends ?’

‘To exhibit proudly that you love me, you care for me. Some of them think that your love is not sufficiently intimate’

‘Did they say so?’

‘They didn’t tell me, but I know’

‘I will do something better to impress on your friends. I will hug you in their presence’

‘Go away, go away! Switch on all the fans in full speed’

‘Sweating, SP? Call your friends. I will get a palm leaf fan from our neighbor’

Cartoon courtesy. My cousin Ramki, Chennai.