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A quick tale 25


They were all ready to say goodbye. They had even started mourning while she was still hanging around. Even if it was only by the flimsiest of threads. They were used to surprise deaths – an accident here, a stroke there. This waiting for death was something new. And it was beginning to take its toll on their patience.

The family wished she would hurry up. But the old matriarch was no pushover. After all those years when she had put her life on hold until they were all done eating, studying, marrying, having children, falling ill and dying, it was her turn now. And she was not going to be rushed.


S m i t h a said…
good one.
congrats on u being cited by Sujatha in Vikatan!
kaaju katli said…
Makes me want to cheer the old crone ;-). Hold on!
Got my email?
Shyam said…
Were you? Cited by Sujatha??? Ammani - WOW! :)

And here goes the repetitive bit - nice story! :)
virumandi said…
ammani..correct sonneenga...neraiya vatti paarthu irrukaen..neeraiya relatives solluvanga.'seekerum pona nalla' irrukkum'..neeraiya vaelai irrukku'
sollarathaiyum sollittu..andha kezham ponna piraga..oonnu azhuvanga!!! makkalai thiruthavae mudiyadhu!!
moushmi said…
sad but true...
ranganathan said…
அன்புள்ள அம்மனிக்கு,

'அம்மா'(QT22)வுக்கு அடுத்தபடியாக 'Inevitable'!(QT25)

தாயீ! எனக்கு மட்டும் ஏன் இவையிரண்டும் ஒன்றாய்த் தெரியவேண்டும்?!

'வெள்ளிவிழா' QT இன்னும் அழகாயிருந்திருக்கலாம்!
என்றாலும் உளங்கனிந்த வாழ்த்துக்கள்...

என்றும் அன்புடன்,
Harish said…
me likey! :)

and congrats! Treat! :D
Thangachee said…
hello Ammani,

Bought vikatan yday. scanned thru the ENTIRE vikatan & sujatha's kp column the whole sunday (@ work,hehehhe) but couldnt find QT #16. was wondering "innabaa idu, taedinnalum kedaikkalaye"?

Monday morning - was rushing to office, with a cup of tea in hand, scanned thru AV once again to see "engappa pocchu" . My maramandai saw the 'special box' in the KP column which had QT#16 in the 'enakku piditha kavidhai' section.

Congratulations, Ammani! will send you a copy sometime
Echo/Lavanya said…
Totally true. Funny that you should write this on the very same day that I sat back and ran through the same subject. Someone I knew died on Monday and some of her relatives had done just what you wrote.

This is what life comes to at some point...they also die who stand and wait.
kaaju katli said…
Congrats on the Sujatha mention :-)
Love ya!
None said…
hey, awesome! what's this abt sujatha? tell all...


anumita said…
I can visualise the whole story before my eyes... amazing!
AF said…
Very nice!. Congrats on the Vikatan publication.

tilotamma said…
what sujatha, what vikatan?
Eroteme said…
Wonderful. Really is... I liked this a lot more than most others I read before... :-)
None said…
you just HAVE TO see my blog! :)

and if you get a shout box, i'd not leave off-post comments.

Anonymous said…
Latest Vikatan Page 101- Katradum Petradum which is writer Sujatha's column has Ammani's Quick tale # 16 mentioned in the Enakku piditha kavidai section
project why said…
is it ever the right time...
i wonder
lavsubbu said…
This is entirely unrelated to this post.
Is "eri kolli" = mor kuzhambu ?l
trv said…
nalla ezhutharenga. i read some of your other tales too. nice.
monu said…
u r so good!
i am so impressed..never knew that stories could be so short and amazingly interesting at the same time...
u r too good!
Rohit said…
You are doing a great job; keep it up!
Mel Kris said…
I just got to read your blog today. It was "PUNCH PACKED - NO NONSENSE STUFF". I like the way you highlight the the facts of reality.
thennavan said…
Ammani, you look like you're going great guns with all this "pithy" stuff. Looks like you can come out with a book on them.

Ram.C said…
I had experienced similar situation, when my grand parents were ill. My GF suffered too much due to illness and dragged on for long. After his demise, my GM left without any notice..No suffering, but all of a sudden. That's fate.
Anjali said…
gettign mentioned by my favourite author sujatha.YOu are blessed and blessed with talents.

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