Skip to main content

A quick tale 35

Age concern

She was one of the girls that looked older than her age. At 13, she was mistaken for a 20-year old. At 25, they asked her if she was 30. At 38, they thought she was her son’s grandmother.
One day while filling up a form, she lied about her age. Said she was 58 instead of the actual 43. The clerk looked up and exclaimed how young she looked.


monu said…
That was nice...
that happens to most people...i look older than my elder sister...but to me she looks too young for her age!!!

RS said…
How true. People so often don't want to see what is staring at them, but see only what they want to see. People are so happy to be misled by appearances. Just like our ads for fairness and age-defying creams!
Anjali said…
so true!my mom looks like my elder sis.lovlely ammani.kudos.
AF said…
Nice one ammani. My father would always comment that my mom looks like a mom to him.
Anonymous said…
I am 25, but can easily pass of for an 16 year old..;) I hate it when in Pubs they double check my ID before letting me in!!!
Balaji said…
nice. made me smile :-)
Balakumar said…
Oh wish this were true for me... Everyone asks me what I am studying and they dont believe me when I tell them its been over 6 years since I got out of school!
Sundaresan said…
very true..good one.
dinesh said…
Yeah, not just girls..happens to guys as well ! We havs this age guessing thing at a nearby amusement park, where you get a gift if the guy there guesses your age wrong (+_2 error margin)..all the people there consistently have me 5 over my real age !! I was initially hurt by this..but later on I didn't mind so much, cos I knew where to go, when I wanted a gift :)

BTW, your grandson jikku looks good in the picture jk :)
keerthi said…
This happens to me. I look a lot older than Iam. Im just 22. But once a neighbour approached my mom for getting her daughter married to me..

Know whats the wierdest thing.. the girl was 28 years old. My mom then revealed that i was six years younger to her..

But then, I have a mild satisfaction in looking older, than younger.. probably girls want to look younger than older.
Chenthil said…
Looks like I have company. When I was 22 and working as an Engineer, a contractor asked me whether I was 32. Maybe I should try this method :-)
Gangadhar said…
Very nice,Ammani..That's the psychology of most people...We usually see it whenevr they have to fill up railway reservation forms..They usually write less age..Mostly want to look young than their actual age!!!
hari said…
Nice story. It is like the size of a small line. you can either make it look bigger or smaller by drawing a smaller or bigger line besides it.

It is a matter of attitude.
Alex said…
This is truly amazing...I had heard of short stories...but this is wow!

I guess i need to come again to read more of your writings.

Incidentally I should ask my mom to check out your Chai paani blog.....and hey before I get labelled a sexist.....I am not really a big foodie!

LOL! Have a great weekend
dfg said…
mmm nice one.
when people look younger they will wants to look matured.. and when they look older they wish to look younger..
Übermaniam said…
pinging the expert: a not so quick tale. cheers.
thennavan said…
Good one Ammani. OT: Have blogrolled you :-)
Übermaniam said…
the 'i' is probably freudian. thanks for the inspiration. you've been a great help. really. btw, not clear what you meant by 'could probably be a style'. do tell. cheers and waiting for your next quickie.
Übermaniam said…
coming from you, that's high praise. and not that different, considering i got it from you. keep them coming, and keep coming. cheers
Übermaniam said…
incidentally, what is's what i used to call my ex-girlfriend. and i see what you mean about the 'i'. i think i do the 'i' thing because it helps me feel closer to the writing, the subject, the feel...anything else makes me feel alienated, bored and disinterested. you're right, i'm just a self-centred SOB.
Übermaniam said…
i think your kid has extraordinarily beautiful eyes. hmm...i wonder who they remind me of. i get it! they remind me of you :-)
Übermaniam said…
on the k-sutra. it was a song. i used to write for a band that never sang any of my songs. that was when i was in montreal...tnks for the kind words.
*G* said…
A short and simple story. Ammani, u r the 'Queen of drabbles' in the blogosphere.
Surinder said…
thats why i think people say these two things "women worry a bit too much" .. and "never ask a women her age ! " :-)
Vinu said…
Really nice one...
But i can say there are lots the way around..

Like my uncle. He is fity,but when we wlak together i find all girls wooing at him...

Looks sometimes matters..haha

You May Also Like

Guest blog by Chinna Ammani

Here’s an interesting write-up by Chinna Ammani on stereotypical portrayals in Indian adverts. The opinion expressed is strong and the language uncompromising. Read at your own peril!-a

The Aiyaiyo Syndrome

These days I do what is called as a shooting supervision. When ads are filmed (with lip sync) in Tamizh, my job is to teach models their lines and rehearse with them. Most of them are from Mumbai and are non-Tamilians. So when they have to do a line in Tamil, for example "Adanaaladan Dettol ubayogikaren" (And that's why I use Dettol) , they invariably say "Aadanaladaanu naanu Detttaalu ubayogikkareanu" (Something hideous). Their exaggerated delivery of our supposed accent is all thanks to Hindi actor Mehmood. My blood pressure rises and I yell "DO NOT DO A MEHMOOD HERE. WE DO NOT SPEAK LIKE THAT".

Though their voice is dubbed later with a Tamil voice-over, I ensure that they pronounce it the non-Mehmood way. Mehmood has done this major damage to us So…


Married for 31 years, 2 months and 17 days
Six cups coffee a day, brewed everyday of marriage
Three meals a day,
At least two dishes cooked, each meal-time
One snack for every Sunday
Big basket of clothes ironed every Tuesday
Average 18 items of clothing washed per day
Three children
1 miscarriage
One mother-in-law suffered
900 sq metre of floor space mopped, once a day
One caesarean endured
3 chicken poxes, 2 measles, 2 fractures, 8 diarrhoeas, depression, conjunctivitis every summer, 1 tonsilitis and countless common colds and flues
1 job held for 29 years
6 hours slept every night
Sex tolerated every 2nd week
Religious rituals everyone of them, carried out
Not one of them, believed in
Lived 52 years and some
Died exhausted

Overheard, “At least she had the satisfaction of having lived for her family”

The Saturday Poem

Found this in yesterday's paper. Again, I wish I'd written it.


Now and Then

"Now that I'm fifty-seven",
My mother used to say,
"Why should I waste a minute?
Why should I waste a day

Doing the things I ought to
Simply because I should?
Now that I'm fifty-seven
I'm done with that for good."

But now and then I'd catch her
Trapped in some thankless chore
Just as she might have been at
Fifty-three or fifty-four

And I would say to her
(And I have to bite my tongue)
That if you mean to learn a skill
It's well worth starting young

And so, to make sure I'm in time
For fifty, I've begun
To do exactly as I please
Now that I'm thirty-one.

-Sophie Hannah

Lost in Post

To a little boy

It cannot be easy being you. A follow-up act to your more devilishly charming, flamboyant older brother. Before you were born, I was convinced that no child could ever take the special place your brother had come to occupy in my life. I used to argue with your father you would always be a second-born. A runner-up. A bridesmaid (or a best-man, as you turned out to be). That you could never be the prized, cherished, celebrated apple of my eye that my firstborn child was. But how easily you tore down my flimsy little conviction. The minute I saw you, I knew I was gone. What was worse, I succumbed willingly.

My fears that you would be overshadowed by your brother have proven unfounded. Over the past year, you have come into your own as a person. Your brother demands and challenges our love and attention. You, on the other hand, are much more accepting of our distractions with him. It is almost as if you understand that he is used to being the star of the show for much of his…

I ask, you write

Okay, here's the idea. I ask you a question and you write a short story explaining it. Let me give you an example.

What happened when young Padmavathi was drawing water from the well to wash her clothes, early one Margazhi morning?

Annon's story

One morning when Padmavathi was drawing water from the well, she found Pettai Rowdy # 1 Govindarajulu inside the bucket! She dropped it at once and Govindarajulu went down and down and hit the bottom of the well with a Nung sound. His upper and lower teeth fused together and since then he has been fed intravenously. Pettai Rowdy # 2, Ragothaman Iyengar, who suggested this to Govindarajulu, now rules the roost.

After marrying Padmavathi, he is inviting all of you to a water drawing ceremony at the new well they dug in their house.

Jai Ragothaman Iyengar! Jai Padmavathi! Come one, Come all!


Here's a question for you.

What happened that made young Meenakshi change her mind about the parrot green saree she had originally chosen and go for a …