During the christmas holidays, I was busy shopping… Yeah thanksgiving to Christmas looks like our Aadi Thallubadi… Buy 1 get 1 or 50% to 75% off or Marlin Monroe use panna soap-u dabba free free free… Wherever you go, the magic word “Free” plays wonders. All malls immediately turned from spencers plaza to Saravana stores buzzing with people…Seeing so many people I couldn’t help saying “Dei…Ivlo nerama neengalam enga da olinjitu irundheenga” ( Where were you all hiding for so long?) So yeah, coming to the point, when I was trying all possible clearance stuffs , I missed my winter jacket in one of the bundle of clothes I discarded in the store. As I was walking stealthily, looking around, I saw lady looking at me with a broad smile and exclaimed , “Hey there! Nice collections huh? These are my selections! You can got those on that stand”. Indirectly she notified my thiruttu muzhi . I had to smile and say, “Oh no! I’m looking for my jacket that I had left behind by mistake.” She went, “Oh dear! I’s so cold outside! Jamie! Can I get some help here. This lady has left behind her jacket here”. Within few seconds I had 5 people looking for that 1 brown spencer plaza jacket. I was very much inclined to do a Kamal reaction of ‘Ah Aaah’ and emotionally choking and the abundant shower of love. Oh yeah! I got my jacket.
Recently half my house went dark. My roommate asked me whether it is like in India…one phase electricity is out. I rubbished it ‘Hey this is US yaar…Come on’. We called one of our friends residing in the same community (Self talk:When start calling apartments as community, you are definitely settling in) but no response. This is when our desi minds come to its form wearing lungis. ‘Do we ask our neighbours?’ Trust me! It has been one month but none of us know who is residing near us. We knocked the door of the house that had a nice doormat…yeah we chose the house based on the doormats. A guy in mid 40s with biceps and tatoo opened the door. In short, he was the villain that all the heros protect their heroines from and the bad guy from whom moms warn us from taking the biscuits.I heard us both gulping down saliva at the same time. Our villain was still starring with a quizzical look and my brain was still having the lungi on and I asked, ” Hi! We have just moved in to that house. All of a sudden power supply went down for one half of the house. We are not sure what to do.Are you facing the same issue?’. In short it was the age old practice of looking at your neighbour’s house to check if they have power when our house goes dark…Mainly to become happy 😛 He nodded and said , ‘Not at all…Look! I have power supply.’ His ‘fully lighted’ house was worse than my ‘half lit’ house. It was the house with light equivalent to 2 lit candles. He was grinning and as we were saying thanks and thinking on what to do next , he immediately jumped to rescue, ‘Hey! I know what would have gone wrong. I can help you out. Can I come in?” And boom! he was heading to our house before we could respond. He then shook hand saying , ‘Hi I’m Kevin!’ He stormed into the house . My friend was cautiously standing out with the door open ready to lock him in 😛 I was walking behind him with my heart in my mouth. He went to a grey box and pushed few buttons and gave us knowledge transition. It was an ‘Ada cha’ moment. It is our very same ‘Phase is tripped…Push it’ after you grind a heavy load of idly podi in your mixie. The light that burned behind my head reflected my emoji at that time. Kevin gave a thumbsup and asked if there was any other issues . After that, we saw him a couple of times and he asked us, ‘Hey there! Is everything going good? All nice and settled?’ . Whenever he walks past us I hear, ‘Andha vaanatha pola manam padacha mannavane’ with Kevin putting his thundu on his shoulder and marching with a kadhir vetti sattai .
So moral of the stories is that wherever you go in the world, gaaaptains, kamals and vadivelus will follow you.
I almost forgot to mention the other half of the post’s tite. Having established the fact that Amreekans are pasakara pasanga (Google translate:Affectionate guys), I was asked by this person to try the new crisps that she got. When I did, I couldn’t help saying, ‘Hey! This is our arisi vadaam!’ I can buy this as side dish for sambhar rice *mind voice*