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A quick tale 125

Forebodings

Now that it had happened, they started looking for signs that would have warned them of the impending disaster. My right eye was twitching like mad that morning, said the mother, I knew something was going to happen. Yes me too, joined in the aunt who never liked to be left out, I dreamt of a wedding. You know what they say if you dream of something auspicious. I should've seen it coming, said the grandmother, the milk curdled that morning. And the crows, recalled the neighbour, they never stopped crowing. That's true, added the sister as she rocked her colicky child, my baby was wailing all day. Everyone nodded solemnly. It could have been avoided, they were sure. If only they had paid heed to the portent signals. And for a brief while, they forgot. That it was all his fault.

Comments

Nanyaar? said…
Its sad how people still belive in Superstitions
Mahadevan said…
There is a thrill in saying "I told you so". We are willing to sacrice reason for this thrill. No society is an exception to this. Even Calpurnia had a dream before Caezar was assasinated.
ranjit said…
what is the significance of the last line in the story?
Sowmya said…
Blog konjam irutta irukku.
Deepa said…
When I typed your blog's URL, the page wouldn't load up quick like it did yesterday. I should've known then that a new QT would be present and that too on superstitions.;-)
pausing?

and the new template looks kinda dull :(
totti said…
you leave it in such balance. its tough not to get overboard with such stories.tangential.Almost.
Anonymous said…
Wow - bang on the head! A stellar piece after a long time.
Rashmi said…
The last line conveyed it all!
Candid portrayal. Blaming the insipid incidents while the problem is actually something else is the case most of the times!
?! said…
While you press pause, I guess I'll press rewind.

125 of them, after all.

:)

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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
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3 chicken poxes, 2 measles, 2 fractures, 8 diarrhoeas, depression, conjunctivitis every summer, 1 tonsilitis and countless common colds and flues
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Religious rituals everyone of them, carried out
Not one of them, believed in
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Died exhausted

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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.

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