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Sunday, July 24, 2005

A quick tale 50

Claim to fame

Her marital status was mentioned unfailingly each time her name came up in discussion. Much like how it’d be said of a certain monument. That it was one of the seven wonders of the world. Or how a certain entertainer was always the King of pop. Or how such-and-such actress was the most beautiful woman in the world. Similarly, she was not the one who wrote free verse or climbed the steps on an escalator or had infinite patience or cried at the plight of children or gave away money unflinchingly or ran a business ruthlessly or had a weak knee or suffered frequent insomnia. She was always the one who had not married.

31 comments:

post said...

i love this.

and i love how emotion is masterfuly understated in your writing.

Harish said...

:)

*stands up and applauds seeing QT touch 50*

L said...

Really too true...!! and Congos on reaching QT 50...!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats Ammani for this milestone
QT50. Excellent one.

D Govardan.
Marital Status - Married

perspective said...

oh yeah does that happen all the time or what??? .... it will take a long long time for us to accept that culturally and socially!

TJ said...

And the first question anybody who became close to her asked was the reason why she had not married. And every one of them showed disbelief when she said it was just her choice.!!
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Great One! Congrats on the half
century!!

Balaji said...

congrats on QT 50 :) And after a few 'over my head' kinda QTs, felt nice to c u back to form in #s 49 and 50 :-)

ranganathan said...
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ranganathan said...

அன்புள்ள அம்மனி அவர்களுக்கு,

தங்களுடைய குயிக் டேல் 50ஐப் படித்தேன். மனம் வருத்தமுற்றேன்.

வாழ்க்கையின் வளமையான பகுதிகள் பல இருக்க, இருளைத் தேடி அலைந்து, வெளிச்சமாக்கத் துடிப்பது...உங்களைப் போன்றோர்க்கு அழகல்ல...

'நாலு' பேர் பேசியதுதான் விலை போகும் என்றால், நானூறு பேர் பாராட்டியது, நெகிழ்ந்தது, என்னவாகும்?

குயிக்காய் யோசிக்காமல் நிதானமாய்ச் சிந்தித்தால் உங்கள் எழுத்தின் அபத்தம் உங்களுக்கே புரியும்.

இதுதான் 50 என்றால், என்னால் நிச்சயம் வாழ்த்த முடியாது.

என்றும் அன்புடன்,
ரங்கநாதன்

Anonymous said...

like tendulkar's clean sweep to reach a milestone, this one is the best yet.

Ranj said...

Ammani: Been reading your QTs for a long time now and am a big fan! Love how there is so much said in very few words, how there is no stand you make yet make your point so very clear. Crystal clear.

shyam said...

yes, and isnt it just a crying shame that marital status is still THE identifying factor for women...

Swathi said...

yaa agree Single women rnt spared in our society (even married women with no kids)

Aravind said...

very nice story...stunningly intense message in surpringly short story
:-)

Übermaniam said...

like ethiopian food, eh? lentil wott is simply awesome with sourdough bread.

Renu said...

Hi Ammani,
That was an amazing QT.. and TJ's comments makes it complete..
Congrats !! 50 QTs and still going strong.. Good Luck !

WA said...

Sad but so true. Loved the QT 50

Anonymous said...

Excellent. So true, if you deviate from normal convention, that's the only thing people note about you. Congrats, this QT 50 was awesome..

AF said...

Congrats on the 50th QT!.

Sujatha said...

Congrats on the 50 the one.

kaaju katli said...

Half century mubarak ;-)

Paavai said...

till such time she married and a child did not happen

The ramblings of a shoe fiend said...

as someone who got married at the age of 21 i faced the exact opposite problem! Oh this is ____ she got married when she was 21. Sigh. Grass is always greener

The ramblings of a shoe fiend said...

as someone who got married at the age of 21 i faced the exact opposite problem! Oh this is ____ she got married when she was 21. Sigh. Grass is always greener

Thangachee said...

Quick tale 50 ku engal vaazhtukkal

- amma, appa, annan, anni, thangachee, thangachee purushan

The Last Blogger said...

Marriage is less a matter of choice and more a matter of obligation and necessity in India. The choice is only an illusion. Its always the subtle pressures and what not.

TLB
Married when he chose to:)

Anjali said...

waiting for the 100th one.awesome ammani.

Sneha Acharya said...

WOW! ... Conrgats to u on the 50th QT!

Am new to the Blog community, but watching you closely .. ur recipe blog is one of my favorites :-)

divya said...

congratulations on the fifty.......and wat a fifty it was.

UK said...

Ammani... why so much negativity in your tales these days.. ?

~phobiac~ said...

yenna ammani ???...

Indian team maathiri 50 adichitu...apparum runs-e kaanum ??...

U know ...we r all waiting for the next one !!