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Friday, September 30, 2022

Aunts - Moms- Sons and Daughters -20

Agastya was standing in the balcony of Lotus apartment. Chill wind is blowing and the black clouds are bubbling with joy. The thick black clouds reminded Ragini's long. luxuriant hair. Her healthy hair cascades down her shoulders, flows over her  terrifying bulges. He remembered Geoffrey Chaucer's "Rondel of Merciless beauty.  

"Your two great eyes will slay me suddenly;

Their beauty shakes me who was once serene"

Chaucer repeats these lines. His emotions don't cross these lines. But they are not enough for my Ragini. Rondel may be beautiful but Ragini is charming. Ragini is a towering sexuality a nymphet beyond compare. Had Helen been alive she would have been jealous of ravishingly seductive Ragin. The 30 BCE Egyptian queen would accept that Ragini is the real femme fatal. Each beauty queen has her own beauty secret (like cleopatra bathes in donkey milk) but Ragini's beauty itself is a secret. She keeps her beauty hidden.   She leaves her hair loosely while drinking. When he was trying to imagine how it dances on her halfmoons a gust of chill wind touched Agastya's face and brought him out of his imagination.   He kissed the wind. He uttered a moan.  Ahaa Ragini!  

He looked up at the sky. The moon who lit up the sky the previous night is out of sight 

The bibulous sky absorbed the moon

 The sun is showing  up in the dawn

The trouble and strife has gone

with showers rays of hope on man

Mom's condition is no more critical, She will  be discharged from hospital. She is the moon of this house and the sun of my world.   Agastya was happy. He went into the bathroom to take bath. He has many things to do. He must go see Senthil, Alas! I could not go to MGM hospital due to my mom's condition.  Later I must go to Apollo hospital to see my mom. I must find who the suspicious old lady was. Finally I must go to his Aunt Angayar to dig out the secret behind the photos she has showed him.  Agastya finished his bath and dressed up. He stood before the mirror to comb his hair.  He took the wide brush and combing from bottom up.  He stood looking his curly hair.  He was fiddling with his locks. Suddenly a smile bloomed on his pink lips as he saw the form in the mirror.  It was Angayar, the chennai aunt.  

Angayar looked as beautiful as peacock in her colourful saree. Her breast is as plump as a partridge. Her eyes are as beautiful as almonds.  She doesn't hide her feminine charms like Ragini. If her curvaceous body  makes her look like rotund apple her rotund butts make her look like a honey pot. Sangam literature explores  the beauty of love and women with mesmerising  choice of words  best describes the woman's beauty . Angayar looks like the essence of Sangam beauty. Agastya lost himself in the mirror looking at Angayar. 

"You are becoming a Narcissus Agastya" said Angayar. "What do you mean?" said Agastya.

 Roman poet Ovid's Metamorphoses poem tells the mythical story of a handsome young man, Narcissus, who refuses the advances of many potential lovers. Eco was a nymph who fell in love with him. She was one of those whom Narcissus ignored  So the Goddess, Aphrodite  cursed him. Narcissus walked by a pool of water He saw his reflection, became entranced by it, and killed himself. 

Agastya laughed and said " I am not entranced by my hair but embarrassed by it. It is hard for me to maintain my curly hair. Had I got money I would  call the Italian hair dresser Rossano Ferretti, the most expensive hair dresser in the world."

Angayar: O my my! no doubt you slipped into narcissism , you are after beauty! 

Agastya: A thing of beauty is joy for ever!!!  

First have  breakfast then you can think of beauty. Angayar served breakfast from the hot-pack she has brought. She put a plate on the dining  table and served in it. Agastya asked Angayar to eat. She disagreed but Agastya forced her.  Finally they ate together. 

You are looking beautiful aunty,  your beauty can destroy  the walls of troy. Angayar was shy but remained calm.  It seems you have the special programme today under the guidance of Diana. Angayar blushed " Little Rascal how do you know! She showed mock anger.

All the best my my dearest aunty. You are the only one close to my heart. said Agastya.

Angayar took the empty hot-pack and ran back. When she was crossing the door Agastya said " Wish you all success!" 

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After passing by Telugu film star Sobanbabu statue Agastya turned left at Khal's foot world and entered Nelson road where MGM hospital was located.  There are a few second hand bookstalls on the pavement. The rows of colour books caught his attention. Agastya slowed his steps. There are a few students and old men. The students are  buying competitive exam books and the old men are buying spiritual. Agastya stopped at Maran book stores where the fine array of novels with colourful covers pleasantly stole his eyeballs. His gaze is fixed on the Adultery  (Adultério in Portuguese) is a novel by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho. He bought the novel and moved. 

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Lessons from Chennai Aunty - 19

This Kamakshi Amman Temple in  Chetty Street in the neighbourhood of Saidapet, is 300 years old. The presiding deity is the goddess Kamakshi.  She is also known as Tripura Sundari Rajarajeshwari, Shodashi and Lalita. said the Priest to Agastya. Agastya took prasada ( god's offering ) from him. He gave a piece of it to Angayar. They both walked to the stone mandapam - a high rise table with pillars and roof with carvings and sculptures of deities and nymphs. They sat in the mandapam. "Agastya you still looked worried don't worry Dengue is not fatal. She is in the safe hands, above all there is the divine hand of Kamakshi Amma." Said Angayar.  

Agastya: Thanks Aunty for accompanying me to Kamakshi Amman Temple. 

Angayar :  I came here for your mother not for you. Any way why do you call me aunty?

Agastya: It is my mother's habit that is passed on to me.  I heard your name from my mother even before I came to Chennai.  So if you have any complaints tell my mother. Agastya laughed. 

Angayar :  Can you call me sister. 

Agastya: NO, I can't 

Angayar: Why?

Agastya:  It won't look nice to call you sister, I am nearing twenty and you are thirty five. 

Angayar laughed and said , "Thank you for giving me clarity." 

Agastya : I thank Kamakshi Amma. Hey Universal mother give my mother health. She is your staunch devotee.  My mother's sickness gave me clarity about my mother's life. I thank you Kamakshi Amma. 

Angayar : Agastya, Your mother is innocent lady. She never does anything furtively, You could not understand her until she is admitted in the hospital. 

Agastya : Yes madam , I could not understand I agree, but where is the chance. After 5 years I have an opportunity to meet and stay with her. My mother's life is conjectural. 

Angayar  moved close to Agastya and kissed him. Poor boy! I pity you. Your childhood went in troubles. but your youth and future will be colourful. Why did you call me madam?

Agastya: because you don't like to be called aunt. 

Angayar: That was sometime ago. Now it is ok. You can call me aunt. It sounds very melodious. what were you doing during the summer holidays? 

Agastya: She used to see me in Visakha every month. When I am accustomed to hostel life, she used to come once in two months.  We also have  relatives in Sampath agar. She used to come and spend a few days at their home. I never visited my father so far. 

Angayar : This Chennai trip is a plethora of opportunities, to see understand your mother  and her struggle and to know your Ancestors, I mean your great grandfather and his family.

Agastya : Are we going to take me to Tanjavur? I have seen them in photo album at home. 

Angayar: Stupid boy! How can you go there while your mother is in hospital. We must go to hospital before evening. Your mother has asked me to show you this temple because this is the first temple she came with her husband. She prayed to Goddess to give her a son. She got you.  Agastya's eyes became wet. 

Angayar continued " I am taking you to Dakshinachitra. She wanted you to see that.  

"I don't like to see museums but for my mother ...." said Agastya. 

It is your mother's wish. said Angayar.  Agastya did not speak. 

"Let's go!  said Angayar. They came out of the temple and walked to the temple pond .

Sitting on the stone steps of the pond sat close to water.  Agastya looked around. It was a large pond. There was a wall built around the pond. From there they could see the temple towers around. The sun is shining on the Kamakshi Amma temple tower. 

"The glorious lamp of heaven on eastern hill 

spreading his victorious rays  stands still , 

morning blooms like a flower of hope

let my mother soon with ill-health cope"

Agastya's heart sang a verse.  

Angayar appreciated his verse. They walked up to the taxi waiting at the street end. They got into the Taxi and and the taxi moved through the narrow chetti street. The cement street has houses on either side. It looked like train compartment full of political banners. The taxi entered Alandur road and via Saidapet metro it is going towards Annasalai and Palavakam. The musuem is 25 kilometers from saidapet. It is a 45 minute ride. Angayar sat relaxed beside Agastya. Agastya is a bit tense about his aunt sitting beside him. Angayar took him for a boy! She sat so close to him. 

Ummm! you are a poet like your friend Bharatavarsha.  said Angayar. 

Agastya laughed and said " I am a poet's friend, not a poet." 

Poet's friends a poet , like thief's friend is a thief. 

Agastya : laughed again. Angayar mocked him with a grin " hee.. hee... hee and continued "Your plan was to go back with Bharatavarsha , right? 

Yes, I just want to see my mother but my plan was to go back with him the next day.

Then why did you stay so many days? 

I stayed here for my mother

No , You stayed for Ragini. 

No.. I stayed here for my mother. 

Don't bluff, look at the photos . She showed his pictures with medicos in the hostel walking behind Ragini. talking to Kani. Agastya was bewildered. He was at his wits end. How is this possible. Are you a witch or a spy? he asked with a fading voice and faint face. 

Angayar laughed and laughed and said " The mystery reveals on its own" 

My mother should have told me everything on the first day. She too kept the mystery. You are her friend. You are no different. said Agastya.

"Had your mother told you then,  you would not have believed her. Everything has a time." said Angayar. Agastya remained silent.  The taxi was crossing Madhya Kailash temple. 

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The taxi reached  Muttukadu on the East Coast Road connecting Chennai and Pondicherry. The site overlooks Bay of Bengal. Agastya looked at his watch. It was 10.30. Agnayar asked the Taxi to wait. They both walked in. 

Agastya: There were a dozen visitors. 

Angayar : Just now the museum is open. The visitors are coming slowly.  The museum is open between 10.00 AM and 5.00 PM. 

Agastya:  Why should we worry about the visitors?  I casually counted the visitors.  

Angayar: It is a great place! slowly you will understand everything.

Agastya : I don't attach its value to the visitors. A great work of art has its own value. It can not be measured based on the visitors. Perhaps its value is immeasurable! 

Angayar was seemingly on cloud nine.  She said " Dakshinachitra Museum, is the living-history museums in India. It manifests the culture and history of South India. Said Angayar while entering the museum.

Agastya: Come on aunty. Don't strain yourself. Let us have a quick round and go back to the hospital. When Agastya finished and enthusiastic visitor who came with his family said to Agastya  " No, my dear young boy,  You ca not take it lightly. 

Angayar: well said sir. Agastya looked like he was caught between scylla and charybdis.

Visitor: This museum is not watching pictures on the walls. They recreated the famous houses of the four south Indian states , literally they have built the houses in forty acres.  It stores in itself great works of architecture, crafts and lifestyles that belong to South India.  The heritage museum is home to 4,220 artefacts and 1,000,000 pictures. A visit to the museum gives  an in-depth knowledge of south Indian heritage. 

Agastya  flew off the handle. He smiled sheepishly and said " I remember 17th century French writer Nicolas Chamfort. 

Visitor: What did he say ?

 Agastya told himself  "Swallow a toad in the morning and you will encounter nothing more disgusting the rest of the day." but told them loudly " We should not take things lightly. Come on let us go in. 

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First they saw the Calicut house of Kerala . 

Agastya: It looks like it is lifted from Kerala.

Visitor: It is lifted from Kerala, you are correct. This ancient house was in ruins they bought the ruins, and transported them to this place. With the help of experts imported from Calicut they got the house rebuilt.

They went walking visiting houses.  Agastya's interest increased as he visited house after house. He touched the artefacts in each house and gingerly passed his hand on them. 

Angayar and Agastya moved on. In a vast area several ancient houses of 17th, 18th and 19th century were built with meticulous care  and craftsmanship. Building of each house, with all the artefacts  certainly takes the same efforts of building Tajmahal. Each house is a living history! 

Then they entered the Tamilanadu houses. The visitor also followed them with his family. Two museum personnel were there. The visitor enthusiastically asked them about the house 

"This is the house Nattukottai Chettiars, a merchant community found scattered through the 76-80 remaining “Chettiar” villages in the present day Ramnad, Pudukottai and Sivaganga districts of Tamil Nadu." said one of them.

Have you bought this house from Pudukottai? asked Agastya. 

Yes he replied.  Angayar  showed the opposite house and asked about it.

That is the house from Aryakudi village dated to 1895.  The door and inner verandah, dating back to c.1900, are from a house in Kandanur village. "The outside columned verandah (Burmese teak) and the central courtyard have been authentically relocated and reconstructed.

Agastya : It feels like I am  travelling through history on a time machine. The next thing they saw was something astonishing.  Wow! what is this complex? exclaimed Agastya.

Visitor: It is not a complex it is Agraharam. 

Angayar : An entire Agraharam was relocated from Tirunelveli

Tirunelveli Agraharam assembled in Museum


It is like a dream walk to all of them. They sauntered up and down there. They went into every house in the Agraharam. They were literally transported into the past. 

"I am very curious to know who lived in these houses?" said the visitor. 

 They must be some scholars to whom the kings usually presented Agraharas said his wife.

If their great grand children see these houses, how do they feel? asked the visitor. 

They moved on to the next site. Agastya did not know that it would be the last site that prepares him for his return journey.  From a distance  when Agastya saw the house he felt dejavu - a feeling of he has already seen it some where. Angayar was watching Agastya's feelings. Agastya got into the house . His steps and breath slowed down. He remembered the pictures in his mother's Albus. The wooden pillars, the flooring and varanda and the doors flashed on his mind. " This is the house of a great prodigious scholar and illustrious architect Kankubhattu of 1580. This ruined Tanjavur house was brought here. It took twenty crores to bring the ruins safely and re build the entire house. This is the biggest house in the entire Museum. 

Agastya fell on his knees and hugged the pillars. They he crawled to the steps of the Varanda and hid his face in his knees. He remembered his mother ailing in the hospital hardly having 20 thousand rupees in her bag. His eyes were raining tears. 

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The taxi exited the gated Compound of Dakshina Chitra and entered the East Coast road. It goes straight from Muttukudu to Greams Raod , a stretch of 29 kilometers. Agastya and Angayar are in the back seat. The taxi is new and is running smoothly on the two way East Coast road towards Thoriapakkam.   Agastya's eyes are still oozing tears. Angayar patted his back. Suddenly black clouds covered the sky making the bright sun pale. It started raining. The trees on either side of the road began swaying heads. The weather became wet. Big rain drops started hitting the windshield. The driver turned on the wipers. The rain perfectly captures the mood of Agastya – dreary depression. The driver turned on the radio.  There was a flow of melancholy  that inundates the hearts. 

Am'ma eṉṟaḻaikkata uyirillaiye… am'mavai vaṇankadu uyarvillaiye… am'ma eṉṟaḻaikkāta uyirillaiye… am'māvai vaṇaṅkādu uyarvillaiyē… neril niṉdṟu pecum teyvam… pedda tayandi verondu ēdu… Balu's voice sounds sounds sweetly. It is squeezing the hearts. 

The driver was seemingly enjoying the song as he understands the meaning of the song. Without Amma there is nobody without Amma nobody grows. Without Amma there is nothing

Agnayar too understood the song and its meaning. She knows that the plaintive tone aggravates Agastya's mood. "Vappa Nee indap paatalai anaittuvidu"( Oh hear, stop the song)  Aggayar said to the driver. 

Driver: It is the song  from 1992 Tamil film Mannan on the greatness of mother sung in plaintive tone  by Balasubramanyam.   Ilyaraja the musician excels in expressing mother's love through music. My heart beats for mother. She is sick I am working hard to earn money to get her treated. It inspires me. Angayar demanded that he should stop the song. Agastya cut in and said " Please continue the song. I too want to listen." 

when the car crossed Thoriapakkam the rain slowed down. Then Agastya said "As professor Longfellow said "Into each life some rain must fall." Angayar was trying to understand the preternatural phrases. Agastya said a stanza from Professor Longfellow's Rainy day.  

Be still, sad heart! and cease repining;

Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;

Thy fate is the common fate of all,

Into each life some rain must fall,

Some days must be dark and dreary …

Until the car reached Greams road nobody spoke words. The car was silent except for the music of the pitta pattering raindrops on its roof. When the car stopped at the Apollo hospital Agastya was fast asleep on Angayar's shoulder. As E.M. Forster has explicitly shown in this novel A passage to India that the human relationships collapse if the intrinsic quality of imagination, feeling and understanding is absent. Angayar has all the three. 

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Meenakshi is lying unconscious on the bed in the special room. There is a bedside table with two chairs. She has two fresh white pillows under her head and a blue sheet is covered over her body up to the waist.   A drip was given to her left hand. Agastya and Angayar are standing at the bed. They were waiting for the doctor. After a few minutes a nurse came in and announced that the doctor is coming.  "What is the patient's position?" asked Agastya. " I don't know you ask the doctor. Just then an old lady in 60s came in with basket of fruits. She placed them on the bedside table. Agastya did  not know who she was and why she brought the fruits. She took the nurse to the large window and started whispering in her ear. The doctor came in he was trying to wake Meenakshi up.  Madam... Madam..  the nurse was shaking Meenakshi. Meenakshi opened her eyes and saw Angayar and Agastya. Angayar was communicating with eyes that she had taken Agastya to Dakshinachitra. A smile bloomed on her lips.  Meenakshi wanted to speak something to Agastya but she had difficulty in breathing. Agastya said " Amma , be comfortable I have seen everything and I will see everything" The nurse checked the temperature and said she had 102 F temperature. The doctor checked the BP and said "It is severe hypertension with BP of 150/120" 


Agastya was puzzled and said " Doctor ! What is her condition? Will she be alright?"

Don't worry Dengue fever causes a high fever  with 104 F temperature.   symptoms like   Headache joint pain, nausea, vomiting, rash are common.  Fortunately her temperature is going down. Last night she had 104 F. Now she has 102 F. I will give paracetamol injection the fever will be controlled. We give medicines for BP control. Already drip is given. 

Angayar: Is there any life risk, doctor? We heard many bad things about Dengue!

 Doctor: Dengue is rarely life threatening. Take very high fluids in large amounts, drink more water, take fruit  juice, coconut water, etc. Take soft easily digestive fluid food. 

Agastya: Sure sir

Doctor: She has to take complete bed rest. She has to stay here from minimum 3 days upto a week.  She has difficulty in breathing. A ventilator may be required. 

Agastya: Whatever you say sir!! 

The doctor was about t go but turned back one more thing. 

Agastya's blood pressure raised. " Yes sir" He said.

If the platelet count falls down we have to buy three to four units.

"Yes sir." said Agastya. 

When the doctor left, the nurse began telling " Ventilator costs 6 thousand a day. One unit of platelets costs 18,000 besides. Be fore the nurse finishes " Can I pay this evening? I have not gone home. " Till evening there is no problem." Agastya thanked the nurse and got out and walking in the corridor with Angayar. 

Angayar : Agastya how can you arrange the money before evening. What is this audacity ! 

I will do something and get the money.  

"This is not a movie, You are not a hero." She scolded. 

Heroism comes from bravery. It is merely human and it is the necessity. humans took wings to fly merely to fulfil passion . I will take wings and fly from the swirling abyss of sorrow and save my mother.  Before Angayar spoke the nurse came to them and said "The old lady told me that she is going to pay the bills, She also asked me to inform her relatives. I think you are the relatives of the patient. They both did not know what to answer but the nurse did not have time to wait for their answer. She went away. They both kept looking at the nurse. 

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MGM Hospital. Special Ward. 

Senthil is lying on the bed. He has not had a single scratch on his body. He is looking at the ceiling. His eyes are fixed but vacant. They see nothing though they are kept open for a long time. He does not recognise any thing or any person. His friends Aravan and Perumal are beside him. Senthil's father Jambulingam is waiting for the doctor  Sarabhalingam. He has brought along  Dr. Bhootalingam a specilist and introduced him to Dr. jambulingam. " Meet doctor Bhootalingam from Arakkonam" he introduced him to doctor jambulingam.  

Senthil's father Bhaktavatsalam folded his hands to Bhootalingam for two days my son is just lying like that. He is speechless. Doctor Sarabhalingam and Jambulingam brought the case sheet to doctor Bhootalingam and started explaining the patient's condition. After hearing everything Bhoothalingam was surprised " Do you believe that there ae ghosts and haunted houses in these days? 

"enna achi ?  what happened to you? " Bhootalingam asked Senthil.

enakku ethuvun teriyaadu. I don't know anything. 

For two days this is the only phrase he is repeating please treat him well cried the father. 

Shhhh this is hospital you should not cry. Bhootalingam scolded Bhaktavatsalam  he turned to Senthil and asked him   "How did it happen?" 

"enakku ethuvun teriyaadu. I don't know anything." The same answer came from Senthil.

Oh Muruga , Muruga andai idi ! Our son became dumb like this! Cried Bhaktavatsalam 

This is certainly the task of the ghost. O Ragini! How cruel you are you have asked my friend Senthil to visit the haunted house and send the picture. said Perumal. 

"Poor fellow Senthil visited a haunted house and became a victim. He is frightened out of wits. Will he ever come out of the shock." cried Aravan.

"I don't believe in the existence of ghosts. The haunted houses are nonsense."  said Jambulingam. 

Bhootalingam: Too much fear can damage the central nervous system. As soon as you recognize fear, your amygdala (small organ in the middle of your brain) goes to work. It alerts your nervous system, which sets your body's fear response into motion. Stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline are released. Your blood pressure and heart rate increaes

Doctor how the central feverous system is recognise fear, unless there is one. And that one is a girl - strange and weird said Aravan.  The doctors broke their lips. " We are doctors , we should not believe i ghosts" 

"enakku ethuvun teriyaadu. I don't know anything." The same answer came from Senthil.

enakku teriyum, nee tuku (  I know. You sleep) said Perumal to Senthil and continued

There are haunted villages in India. Kuldhara village near Jaisalmer in Rajasthan is a haunted village. People abandoned the entire village. There are so may haunted places in Chennai where people don't dare to go.  If you don't believe you may see the list of Haunted places. He opened the tab and showed the haunted places in Chennai.  

Look at this colony De Monte.  This colony is established by a Portuguese businessman De Mont. He  lived an unhappy life with his mentally ill wife. His died under unknown circumstances. The entire colony does not have a single light and is definitely the spookiest among scary houses in Chennai.

Look at Wipro Technologies CDC5 

The land on which Wipro is situated used to be a graveyard in the ’80s. End of discussion now. Zoom into the image and look under the street lamp. He showed the picture. 

Security guards at the Wipro office have encountered several apparitions, have caught fever post the encounters and have thrown feats for 3-4 days continuously. Also, this one is an image shared by a commuter who happened to cross the road in one of those nights.

A finally this is F2 Building. Our friend Senthil visited this place the night before the Annual day on a bet with Ragini. This is amongst the most haunted houses in Chennai. So this house in Valmiki Nagar on Ambedkar Road is only 15 km from Chennai airport. It is owned by the father of a woman who committed suicide in the house itself. The abode has been haunted for 10 years since her death.

Spooky occurrence: The ghost of the daughter has been living in the house years after her death. She opens the house for the visitors after midnight and offers all the hospitality a guest is supposed to get.

Real life experience: Even Google marks this house as haunted on its map. People have actually, many times, heard a girl sobbing from the windows of the house. When they walk past, mobile signals stop and the screen starts to flicker.

When Perumal stopped explaining showing the photos. The three doctors faces were as pale as ghosts! 

Now the demon has possessed him. He said showing Senthil

"enakku ethuvun teriyaadu. I don't know anything." Senthil repeated the same phrase.

 What should we do now to save my son cried  Bhaktavatsalam                                                      

Fulfil the demands of the ghost it'll go away! said  Perumal and winked his eyes to Senthil.  "enakku ethuvun teriyaadu. I don't know anything." Senthil repeated the same phrase.  "Don't overact and betray the drama." Whispered Aravan in his ear. 

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 Not far way from Nungambakkam in Chetan Tennis Academy near thousand lights Mount road  Ragini  was playing tennis. In the sprawling grounds of the academy on the green lawn Ragini Ponmoli and Kanmoli are standing in the tennis court with tennis rackets in their hands. Ragini is versed with the game but her friends dabbled into the sport recently. They never played a match 

"Since you are playing a match for the first time let me tell you about the umpires (judges) and the scoring system." Mr. Armugam is explaining Ponmali the rules of the game and scoring system.  "The the hands of a clock would be used to keep score. A player needs four points to win a game, the clock was divided into four quadrants- 15,30,45 and 60, the game. Tennis starts with both players at zero, called love: “Love-all.” One person scores: 15 to love. 

What is the meaning of love all  Ponmali asked Ragini.

I too don't  know. It is baffling how love is taken for zero. 

Armugam laughed " l'oeuf  ( la oof) means the egg which means zero 

the word la oof  is pronounced as love that's all. clarified Armugam

That's amazing. said Raagini.

In big tournaments we have chair umpire , the line umpire and the referee but today I am all the three he said and laughed. " Kani laughed and said " You are ?" 

"I am Armugam a professional player and a writer." Armugam stretched his hand, Kani too stretched her hand. Armugam shook Kani's hand. The touch was a bit different. Kani looked at him he was caught looking at her breast. 

Ragini  stood vis a vis Kani. they are standing close on either side of the net with rackets in their hands. He is leering at you said Kani to  Ragini  who was going to serve.  Ragini smiled and said " Let him"  Ragini is wearing a pink three fourth and a skyblue t-shirt. She has tied her long hair and tucked behind her neck into the collar of the t-shirt. Kani is wearing a track and  red t shirt.  Armugam gazed at them from his chair and called for the service. Ragini  smiled at him and served. The play began. Ragini scored 15, 30, 45 , Deuce shouted Armugam. Ragini made two seccessive points and won the game. Later she played with Ponmoli and won the match. 

The game is over Armugam went to the net. Ragini and ponmoli were standing. He asked Ragini to play a match with him. Ragini " Why don't we play doubles?" Kani and I one team Poni and you the other." suggested Ragini. I want to play with you singles." said Armugam.

Ragini agreed to his proposal. The match began. Ragini went back and bent low. She was ready to lift the ball expecting a good serve from Armugam. Armugam served first. The ball hit the net. Ragini smiled. She understood where he focus was. Agmugam had second serve. It was too loose. Ragini went for a shot. Agmugam dropped it at the net. Ragini who was in the back came running to the net and dropped it in the opposite court. Armugam played it a shot and Ragini had to run back. Armugam repeated the same to get most viewing pleasure.

Ragini won the match. Armugam was happy and came close and congratulated by shaking her hand. Ragini , Ponmoli and Kanmoli left the Academy. 

Have you got relaxed ?  Poni asked Ragini.  " The stress has not gone yet. Somewhat"  said Ragini.  "I know what you want let us go to Mc Donalds."  suggested Kanimoli. 

"Let us go home. My house is just four kilometers from here besides you never came to my house said Ragini. " But what about your mother?" asked Kani. Ragini laughed and said "She went to Tenali her mother's health is bad. 

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The taxi stopped in front of a beautiful Duplex house near Devi theatre. "It is very close to our college just one kilometer." said Ragini getting down from the taxi. Kani and poni also got down, Ragini paid for the taxi. The taxi left. Ragini opened the gate. As they walked in they saw Ford Eco Sport  black car. Ragini opened the door and invited them to her room. She took them straight to her room. They sat at the dining table. Ragini served the beer into glasses while polmali was watching the surroundings through the window of the bedroom. 

The area is quite clam.  A flow of breeze came in. Awave of music came floating with the breeze. Wow! wonderful! said Ponimali. Kani also became curious. Ragini said " The building that you see there is Trinity music college. This is the time for their music classes." concluded Ragini. The three started with cheers. Ragini took a sip and pulled out her hair from the t shirt. The hair was so long.  Kani and Poni are amazed! " You are good at keeping secrets!" said Poni. " " we don't know your house. we don't know that you have a car." said Kani. "My mother is very disciplined. She doesn't give me car. She hasn't had a driver. She doesn't believe men.  She is different" said Ragini.  You too are different, you hide things" said Kani  "Yes I have hidden my tension like  I have hidden my hair" 

Kani: Tension! for you? 

Ponmoli : Why do you play with men and then worry. I noticed at the tennis academy that Armugam was leering at you. He gazed at my breast and pressed my hand differently.  He groped your body with his eyes. You know why he lost the game? His focus is elsewhere!

Ha hha hhaa hhaa ... chortled Ragini. " I am amused by your words, In fact I got rid of some stress with your reminding that episode. She put her hand in her bra and pulled out a small piece of paper.  "He writes romantic poems on me. This is the poem he wrote."

 Poni and kani were shocked. When did he give you this piece of paper?" they exclaimed

 While shaking my hand. said Ragini and emptied the glass. Kani and poni too.

She served another round. Aren't you bothered by his looks? they asked Ragini.

A worthy man's looks gives a woman an increased feeling of self-worth, They work like tonic Said Ragini. "However delicious they may be between the pages of their books in real life they are obtuse yokels , who are dead up the neck" said Ponimoli. 

Ragini: Intellect is seductive and is equally eager to be seduced. Women are drawn to intelligent men. Look at Noble prize winner Hemingway his  life was about honing his art of writing and gaining popularity. A serial womaniser, each time he got bored with his wife, he sought out a new attachment while still married.

Ponmoli: Did people not hate him?

A man must be a very great genius to make up for being such a loathsome human being

Let us see how intelligent is this writer. said Kani and opened the piece of paper from Ragini's hands on which a poem is written. 


My heart beats faster 

your looks serve as booster

a rhythm passes  into my belly

demands a play in  woman's velley 

It wakes up the insurgent

The game I know is urgent

I here play tennis 

I can not go to Venice 

Ragini laughed. Kani and poni were surprsed.  "When Kings are honoured with such verses in olden days they used to shower pearls on the poets. Now the queen is showering smiles." Said Ragini. 

Kani: So your tension  has gone! 

Ragini: This afternoon I have seen a police officer entering the campus. Off course he is not in uniform. This means the investigation started. 

Ponmali: It started a week ago , now the investigation reached our college.

Kani : Police have no right to enter the medical college campus! 

Ragini: Who said the police have no right to enter college campus. They can enter any campus and arrest anyone under their jurisdiction if they have sufficient grounds. But it is a tradition that they don't arrest students from the campus. They show reverence to the heads of the institutions and talk to them first. 

Kani: You mean they have come to arrest.....

Poni:  Why do you bother if they come to campus. They came for Aravan. 

Ragini: They can enquire me for abetment  if Aravan says that I am the reason for his bikewheeling.  Just then the Poni's phone rang. "Mayilvili is calling" said Poni.

Kani: Call her immediately her uncle is police officer. We can have more information.

A few minutes later Mayilvili joined the friends. Mayilvili was surprised to see the sudden party without her knowledge.  After a round of beer she came to know what the matter was. She couldn't contain herself. She burst into laughter. Her sudden guffaw that flooded the room resembled an all out Balakot surgical air strike. They could imagine the continuous bombardment of Mirage 2000 fighters.  After a while she took a pause and said "It is Suchitra's brother who visited in the afternoon, He is not a police officer." She continued to laugh.  

                                  ***

Tanya and Diana are sitting at the table in the staffroom. Diana was reading the Guardian. Tanya was correcting the notes.  "I would burn in hell than to return  home" – Diana read aloud.   Tanya stopped work ad looked at Diana strangely.  "British teachers are fleeing overseas.  I  would burn in hell than to return  home says British teacher migrated to Switzerland. explained Diana  and added "There is an exodus of teachers from England to Switzerland.” Tanya understood that Diana read the news.   "Ufff…".Tanya dropped her pen down and said “ what happened?”

Diana: Brain drain!!! Most teachers from London are joining Institut auf dem Rosenberg  one of the most expensive schools in the world. It is twice as expensive as Eton college.  

Teachers in this school are from Vietnam, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Azerbaijan, Qatar, Spain, Italy, Slovakia, Colombia, Sweden and Germany. They wrote from France, Bali, Singapore, Seychelles, Tanzania, the US, South Korea, Brunei, Japan

That is international school., teachers from diverse cultures and languages. Said  Angayar. She stepped into the classroom  with a beautiful smile.

Diana: That is the smile said Diana, “ Meenakshi lacks this smile.

Angi: Of course! She lacks this plastic smile. Meenakshi smiles naturally wholeheartedly

Your are admitting that your smile has no life?

Why only smile , I have no life

Diana has understood that the medicine she gave did not work. she asked with eyes

Angayar shook her head meaning  the medicine did not work. Her face became sad. 

Don't worry! you have forgotten to do something! You have to change the place" Said Diana

Angayar smiled.  Diana too smiled and said " Try my plan for the last time." 

Costing up to £100,000 for an academic year, the Institut auf dem Rosenberg 

What’s behind the brain drain? said Tanya 

Here we feel, we can be more creative, more independent. “In the UK you are constantly having to report to certain people about certain things. Here you are trusted to do what you think is best for the student. " It is the comedy"  Said Angayar. 

That is how the cookie crumbles. The Swiss school pays them much higher. Aren't Indians working in USA and Europe?  " Aren't we changing jobs here? said Tanya.

So you left your previous school for better salary" said Diana.

"NO, I left the previous school for better working conditions" said Tanya

"What better conditions you have seen here?" Said Angayar

I haven't seen better conditions here but I have seen worse conditions there. 

It is a Christian school that has misplaced sense of religion that only Christianity is true and other religions are wrong. As such the English education is very critical about Hindu , customs, traditions and culture.  The pseudo seculars have taken advantage of English education and tried to prove that everything about Hinduism is unscientific hence wrong including your birth.  Recently we had annual day. In the cultural activities the school presented a drama against bad habits. The opening scene of the drama is Lord Ganesha smoking cigarette and Lord Shiva contemplates on how his son fell in bad company. The drama did not serve the intended purpose of creating awareness on social blemishes but showed Hindu gods in bad light. 

Angayar " There are many Christian Schools came into news for humiliating Hindu gods and make fun of them."  "Ninety percent of the spectators are Hindus but they were too proud to accept their inferiority. For them it is a super hilarious comedy.  said Tanya.

Diana was silent while Angayar said " Thank god we got a good Christian who truly loves her neighbours."  I am not a Christian" said Tanya.  " But why you have a Christian name?"  asked Angayar.  " Tanya is a Russian name. I was born in Russia" said Tanya. 

Very interesting ,  tell me about your father and family" Said Diana. 

She rose from the chair and said " I must go to class now,  but here is some money we collected for the hospital bills of Meenakshi you can use them if necessary." said Tanya giving a cover to Angayar.  "Her son has paid  the bills. Please keep it with you" said Angayar. That is a great son! said  Tanya and left to class. 

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Monday, September 19, 2022

Love in medical college -18

 Nungambakkam Medical College Hostel. 

Aravan is half dead. His eyes sunk deep sunk into the sockets. His hair was scruffy. He looked like gripped by the mortal fear.  Sentil was irritated by his awfully deformed countenance. He consoled Aravan who bunked the class and stayed in hostel" You hadn't have a wink of sleep the previous night.  At least now, you have to sleep for a while. You look like a fused bulb. No, he looks like a man possessed by demon. saying so Agastya entered the hostel room. 

Sentil looked frightened. His eyes are wide opened with Agastya's words. "De.. de . demons?! Don't talk about demons. I don't believe in them." He said with quivering voice. just then two more seniors came in. " We are with you don't worry nothing will happen"

Agastya: Okay, leave them when you don't believe in them

Sentil: Are demons real? 

Agastya : why do you bother when you don't believe?

senior students : Sentil is shit scared of demons. 

It is surely the job of the demon. cried Aravan. 

Sentil was more appalled then before. "How do you know?" He croaked like a hen. 

Aravan: It is a love demon but now the demon has left !  

Seniors : what is the use the police will catch! 

Aravan shuddered with fear on hearing the word Police

Where was the fear before attempting bike wheeling Agastya cautioned you before you attempted stunt biking.  You threw his caution to the air. 

Agastya : Aravan the police have already arrested you 

Aravan's face turned pale. Sentil and the seniors scolded Agastya " Are you nuts!!! Aravan is right before your eyes. Agastya was nonplussed. He opened the newspaper he has brought with him and showed everybody the news of arrest. " Look, the news of his arrest was reported in the news." said Agastya vehemently. Aravan has a bizarre look on his face. 

one of the seniors read the news loud " Youth arrested for bike wheeling" There is no mention of his name. they said. Agastya was shocked. " I am very sorry I did not read the news completely. I just saw the title and jumped to the conclusion that Aravan was arrested.

 "Aravan performed stunt biking last night  how can it be published" Sentil said loudly. 

 just then administrative staff members passing the corridor stopped at the opened door .

Sentil suddenly changed the topic. Aravan Don't worry for not attending the classes yesterday. Be brave and confident. Our principal and  Dean are very kind to the students. Our seniors are very friendly. You can learn from anybody. why, you can learn from my failures..  I did not till the final hours before an exam. I did not attend the wards sufficiently. I showed up on the college on mass bunk. I followed 5–10 books but  never  studied anything effectively.  I thought of dropping MBBS and going to Engineering.

seniors :  We also thought of dropping Medicine. Thought of marrying. Most people feel like that in the first year.   First year is the toughest  because of 19 subjects but 2nd year is known as honeymoon of MBBS life because it has 1 and half year duration and only 4 subjects. Everything will be alright.  The two white coats at the door smiled and left. Senthil sighed a big relief and was closing the door when Perumal got in.

He appreciated Sentil's performance qualifying it as better than that of Aravan's stunt biking. The next moment started scolding him. Why did you not delete the video? stupids! have some sense! Aravan  deleted his video from internet and thanked Perumal. 

the seniors said " The police must have downloaded the video. No use of removing it now. You should have confirmed with Ragini. " confirm what ?" said Perumal

If she had noticed the video. " said the seniors. " I have the video with me!" said Senthil

"What avail is that video? The video doesn't matter but the views." pat came the reply from the seniors. Aravan was fraught, he was distraught " No mention of Love and Ragini again" He shouted. 

"Nobody understands what kind of love it is. your love is just like Italian poet Ovid's narrative poem "metamorphoses." Nobody was able to determine the genre  of the poem , whether epic, elegy, tragedy, pastoral"  Said Agastya. 

Who the hell are you adding to my tension by mixing literature in Medical sciences. I know that the police are looking for me. They will come and arrest me. Let me hide. Said Aravan irked  by Agastya's words 

Shut up ! Aravan, the police will not come to medical college hostel to arrest, They will never come to your class. They will talk to the Dean. Agastya was infuriated by the prospect of arrest. He dashed to Ragini's house without waiting for a second. 

                                                                 

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She has the luminescence of the moon in her face with dimples in her cheeks look like craters in the moon,  She has two sparks of fire in eyes that are more dangerous than nuclear missiles,  that can cause nuclear fusion in any man. Perhaps Cupid has saved his bow on the vermillion zone of her mouth ( The juncture where the lips meet the  surrounding skin of the mouth area is the vermilion border). Her upper lip inspires even the senile for the act of intimacy. Her conch shaped throat is sensually attractive ,  more sensually attractive than her throat is her neck and the hair flowing on her shoulders. 

Her facial beauty is alluring , Her eyes are igniting,  her lips are inviting, her figure is  intriguing.  Her name is Diana - a name epithet of her beauty.  As your gaze goes down it dashes with the fundamental and the most essential part of feminine beauty,  her aesthetically perfect breasts. And your gaze gets trapped and mind gets blocked,. The frontal and and  lateral views of her waits and half moons result in the sweet secretions for the beholders.   She is the irresistible visible expression of libido. She creates a romantic tempest on the campus as she walks.

This trilingual beauty - speaks Tamil, Telugu and her mother tongue English - is  coquettish and eye teaser by whose sight men become besotted. She has the art of evading the hunting gaze of men.  The director of Jasmine International school Ramachandran has divorced chemistry philosophy and joined the school of romantic philosophy. He was one of those victims shot by her eyes.  The only man who shows no convulsions of a man to Diana is Varadachari, the dance teacher. He is Angayar's unmanly man. 

Daina the kindergarten rhymes teacher walked to the staff room. Angayar was alone reading the "Disappointment"  Diana came in and pulled the book from Angayar's hands and put a small steel box in her hands. "Serve this sweet to your husband you will have sweet experience this night. You will have no need of such philosophy she said showing  the book Disappointment"  

Angayar: It is not philosophy it is poetry.  In this seventeenth century, poem ‘The Disappointment’. Aphra Behn,  writes about the ‘imperfect enjoyment’  of thwarted sexual activity.  The female poet and playwright Aphra Behn gives us the woman’s perspective of the painful experience. wooed and seduced by the male until she’s willing to give up her virtue, she then finds that she is to be disappointed because he is unable to perform… 

Diana took the book and opened it. Her sharp eyes ran along the lines. It is a 14 stanza poem with 10 lines in each stanza. Her eyes slowed down at the 4th stanza and read it out

But he as much unus'd to fear,

As he was capable of Love,

The blessed Minutes to improve,

Kisses her Lips, her Neck, her Hair !

Each touch her new Desires alarms !

His burning trembling Hand he prest

Upon her melting Snowy Breast,

While she lay panting in his Arms !

All her unguarded Beauties lie

The Spoils and Trophies of the Enemy.

Very romantic said Diana with eyes wide open. She slowed down at the 7th stanza

He saw how at her length she lay,
He saw her rising Bosom bare,
Her loose thin Robes, through which appear
A Shape design'd for Love and Play;
Abandon'd by her Pride and Shame,
She do's her softest Sweets dispence,
Offring her Virgin-Innocence
Victim to Loves Sacred Flame ;
Whilst th' or'e ravish'd Shepherd lies,
Unable to perform the Sacrifice.

 I thought it dull but it is quite romantic  said Diana and continued reading the last stanza

The Nymphs resentments, none but I
Can well imagin, and Condole ;
But none can guess Lisander's Soul,
But those who sway'd his Destiny :
His silent Griefs, swell up to Storms,
And not one God, his Fury spares,
He Curst his Birth, his Fate, his Stars,
But more the Shepherdesses Charms ;
Whose soft bewitching influence,
Had Damn'd him to the Hell of Impotence.

Diana finished and sighed . aaahaaaa....!!!!!!!!!

When Diana finished Angayar tried to open the box. Diana stopped her. " No, don't open now. There is cupid inside." Said Diana.  " Will he escape ? if I open the box?" asked Angayar pretending innocence. Diana is no less, she is a quick wit. "If the cupid acts on you it is a bigger problem. You are already hot!" replied Diana. Angayar has beaten Diana on her back with open hand.  

Isss.... haaa ! Diana started rubbing on her half moons and said, " you are not only hot but also seductive, I don't understand why you are wasting time of your youth?" said Diana jokingly.

Angayar let out a lifeless smile  and said "for you life is fun but for me life is an exam." 

Diana : Yes it is an exam but in exam the time is very valuable , don't waste it. 

Anga: There is no use arguing with you Indian philosophy is different. You don't know that.

Diana: I agree that I am an Anglo Indian. Perhaps my knowledge about Indian philosophy is surficial but I know the man's nature. If he were in your place he would not wait so long.  Did Indian philosophy tell you to waste your life? For ten years you have been struggling with your husband. You are married at 25 and you are now 35.   Tell me is Indian philosophy all about sexual chastity form woman? Nobody bothers about man having man having relations or wives. 

Angayar: It is not chastity it is loyalty to husband. It is our culture. 

Diana: Your culture is a mill stone around your neck.  I pity you and Meenakshi.

Angayar : Meenkashi is very noble. He comes from noble dynasty. She showed motherly attitude to  me and to all. I consider her my mother. 

Diana: Oh Come on! Ange! You consider Meena your mother I consider you my sister. I wish you all the best tonight. 

Angayar :  Thank you. Let me try once more. 


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Agastya came back to the boys hostel. He was fuming. 

Senthil asked" what happened?" 

Agastya: I went to Nungabakkam to meet Ragini at her house. 

Senthil : You should have tried in the hostel.

Agastya : She is least expected in the hostel. She is local. 

Senthil : But tomorrow our medical college celebrates Annual day. The girls are practicing for tomorrow's classical dance show. You can see her if you want but can not talk to her.  would you like to see her? 

Agastya reluctantly accepted. They were walking to the ladies hostel.

Agastya: It is not the right time to talk to her. Where is Aravan? 

Senthil : Don't ask me about him. 

Agastya understood that he is in hiding. He smiled and said " Poor fellow!" 

Senthil : Tomorrow you can come and watch our annual day program.

Agastya: I will come day after tomorrow by then you will be done with Annual day?

They reached the Ladies hostel. Agastya stood out side in the corridor. He was watching from the widow. The girls were performing a group task. Ragini is splendid. She did not see Agastya, but Kani saw him. Agastya's leaned to the wall of the corridor. His curly hair was swaying gently to the cool evening breeze. Senthil got into the room. The dance movements were slowed down when Ragini saw Senthil. 

Senthil: Wonderful! Ragini, You should have participated in western dance." 

Ragini. : I am performing  both western and classical dance.  

Senthil : Superb! I wish I would dance with you. 

 Ragini : Perumal is doing western dance with me.

Senthil: Oh God! He is as cunning as a fox. He did not tell me.  

No, please drop him. I will dance with you. 

Ragini: But the lists are made. 

Senthil: I will look after those things. You will find as me a right partner. 

Ragini: This is the problem with three of you. I don't want to dance with you . You can not compel me. Perumal is not like you.

Senthil: Ragini, During the two years of my study I have carried you as an extra subject. 

Ragini: I have not seen a medico like you. Medicos have different ambitions. I have yet to see a man with love ambition. I am really confused. 

How much more confused a I will be after two years ...

Okay, Okay .. I will give you a small task if you can do that tonight tomorrow night I will be your dance partner but remember you can do it only tonight not as and when you like. She was explaining what Senthil has to do. Agastya could not stand any longer.  He started walking away.  Kani came running after him. She met him at the gate. 

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Gandhi medical college, Hyd - photo representation of medical college fest

The following night the Annual day program of GMC Nungambakkam commenced. It was  named  AMBROSIA. The Secretary, Health & Family Welfare, Delhi,  the Secretary, Department of Health Research and Director General, ICMR, the Director, GIPMER and other dignitaries were present on the occasion. The programme was inaugurated by  the principal of the medical college while the Dean of the college  invited the Medical students on to the dais who performed a skit on thalassemia honouring the theme “blood donation”.

The cultural program  was inaugurated by classical dance  at 6.00 PM in the college auditorium.  The stage was lit by colourful lights , surrounded by amazing acoustic music.  A group of girls appeared in the shape of closed lotus. Each girl in green is a bee. They slowly opened showing Ragini yellow clad in the centre. While Ragini in yellow clad sat on haunches the girls in green bent over her and covered her up. They slowly rose revealing Ragini. They danced with slow and gentle steps. The hand movements were quite uniform and repetitive. The bees are after the flower seeking the nectar like the suitors were after a girl seeking love. Ragini was the sakhi and the other girls were lovers showing the nine basic emotions' which are integral to Indian Classical dance.

Sakhiye Varnam song was performed by the group. Love and Srungara rasa were shown predominantly by the adolescent girls in green who acted as lovers. They were dancing around Ragini but at intervals all the dancers stop. One girl shows the facial expressions. She starts lifting and shaking the eyebrows communicating feelings of deep love while Ragini showed amazement in her face. Her response to the love is surprise. 

The dance started again after Ragini replying to the facial feelings of the first girl. After a while the dancers stopped. Another girl showed feelings of love. Ragini showed feelings of fear.  Her response to the love is fear. It is bhayanaka. The dance started again after Ragini replying to the facial feelings of the first girl. After a while the dancers stopped. Another girl showed feelings of love. Ragini showed feelings of Anger. Her response to the love is Kroda.  Thus when the dance stopped   each lover showed feelings of love and passion. But Ragini's response was not the same. She showed laughter, disgust and shock. The last suitor expressed her passion  with Compassion ( karuna) and Tranquillity ( shanta rasa). Ragini  took  her hand into hers and they danced together.  The subliminal message of love  - Karuna and Shanta are exposed through dance. There was a big applause in the auditorium. 

Later the western dance by ladies in jeans and gents and gents in Dhoti kurta. Permal was seen dancing energetically. Several times he lifted Ragini in his hands. Ponmoli and Kanmoli were also seen dancing enthusiastically. After the dance show is over Kanmoli and ponmoli came to Agastya who is sitting in the ring side. They also sat with him.

Elegant fashion show "style and statement" was announced.  The fashion show began Ragini looked more attractive than in the dance show. There is no trance of Aravan  and Senthil. What happened to Senthil?  Asked Agastya. He is in the hospital. said Kanmoli. 

Is he in our medical college? Asked Agastya. No, he is in MGM hospital. His parents are with him. said Ponmali. The music is going on. It adds flavour to the spirit of Ambrosia. The fashion show is going on . Agastya could not sit longer. He walked out. 

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Agastya was walking on the road. He did not know that Kanimoli was following him. His mind was agitated and turbulent. He has many questions swarming like flies around his mind. "S A P  are only roommates. They look like friends but are they friends?   Does Ragini  love any of the three?" He was disturbed by such questions as these as they have no answers. His lips uttered loudly. 

Conspiring minds never good friends make

nor lustful glances love

plain hearts foul play hate

A jilt can never be my mate 

As he finished he heard the claps. He looked back and found Kani.

These beautiful lines resemble those of a historic poem Stone Walls do not a Prison make,  Nor Iron bars a Cage. Every one who knows English are familiar to these lines. 

Yes these lines are from the poem " To Althea, from Prison". In 1641 Lovelace was arrested  for his involvement of  the abolition of Episcopal rule which led to his arrest. He wrote from the prison 

Stone Walls do not a Prison make,  

Nor Iron bars a Cage;

Minds innocent and quiet take

That for an Hermitage.

If I have freedom in my Love,

And in my soul am free,

Angels alone that soar above,

Enjoy such Liberty.

Sounds great! complimented Kanimoli. Agastya smiled and said " That's alright , why are you following me" I have noticed that  your heart is filled with hatred for Ragini. Are you here to advocate for your friend's noble ways?" asked Agastya. Kanimoli understood the irony in his words. " Men are on the top when it comes to nobility. women's nobility is only complementary " jeered Kanimoli. Agastya understood the sarcasm in her words. " wars are waged for land, gold and for women" said Agastya.  If you fight today tomorrow you have to compromise" said Kani. 

Agastya " Are you a doctor or a lawyer ?" 

Kani" Neither , I am a friend" Agastya was amused by her wit and quickness of response. He wanted to say something but Kani " Love is not ready made.  one has to build it through understanding and patience and strive to maintain before or after marriage, lest you should lose it"  after speaking those words she turned back and walked away. Agastya kept staring at her back. Her beautiful shape was less appealing than her words. He found some deep philosophical meaning. He remembered his mother. Did his father he strive to maintain it?" 

My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains

My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk,

He remembered the words from the ode to a Nightingale written by john Keats. What a suffering it is! The night was cool. He walked on. He wanted to see Senthil in MGM Hospital but thought it would be meddlesome. " I hate these three friends. They loosly fall after the girl. She is not a chaste."  he told himself.  " what did I do? I am doing the same thing like them." When that thought struck his mind he stopped the auto passing by and got in. The auto was moving. He stopped the auto  by and reached writers' cafe. Vikram estates gleaming with lights looks like a different world. 

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He was walking to the entrance  gate when two people were coming out. An old man and a young man. Only fat people can live here. said the old man. " Look at these 2bhk flats. They are simple. Perhaps they are meant for us. Those who get dirty money can live in those tall buildings. Agastya looked that side. There were two ordinary buildings meant for the middle class living. He walked towards those buildings.  I must think about my mother. Is she so rich? She must be rich!  She is the Managing Director of this estates. Then why does she have no car?  She must have saved cash. who knows how much she has in bank? Agastya was answering his own questions. He entered the lift and pressed the button. The lift was moving up. My chennai visit is unexpected, my stay is unexpected,  My stay for Ragini is meaningless, The medicos adventures and the results are their business. What business I have here? My mother. Let me ask directly. But how?  He was thinking like that. 

The lift stopped. He opened the door and entered the house. The door of the apartment was open. Angayar was there with Meenakshi. Meenakshi was shivering. Angayar was calling Taxi. Agastya asked Angayar " What happened to my mother?"  " she has fever very often these days, She has vomiting and head ache too. She must be taken to hospital immediately." Said Angayar.  "Mom, How are you? don't worry I am there." said Agastya. 

Meenakshi smiled. the car did not come, but the neighbouring  flat owner a jewellery merchant's wife Kukum Agarwal has come.  Agarwal said " Let us go by my car. Meenakshi said " Government hospital." Agrwal recommended a near by private hospital but Meenakshi insisted that she be taken to the govt medical hospital.

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Kumkum was driving the car Angayar sat beside her. Meenakshi sat in the back seat Agastya and Diana sat on either side of Meenakshi. What happened to you Amma asked Agastya. " Ammavukku uṭampu cariyillai" Said Kunkum. He doesn't know Tamil said  "Meenakshi. " I can understand " said Agastya and felt her forehead. She has temperature. "Meenakshi had fever a few days ago. She had taken leave, again she got the fever." said Angayar to Kunkum. "Is it serious? you can take medicines and take rest" said Diana.  "Yes, yes" said Meenakshi. Shut up Diana! Your specialisation is different. You have no say here, fever head ache and vomiting are grave symptoms!" said Angayar. Kunmum also agreed to Angayar's view.  " Is it dangerous?" Agastya's voice quivered.  " Don't scare him" said Meenakshi and fondling Agastya's curly locks but suddenly started throwing up. She controlled it by pressing her hands on her mouth. She was transferred to the window. kunkum downed the window glass and Meenakshi vomited. Agastya said " You should have called the doctor to home."  There was silence. The car was going smoothly. 


After  two minutes Angayar asked Kunkum  " Where are you going?"

Kunkum:  Bharatinagar 

Angayar : Why Bharatinagar? What is there?

Kunkum: VHS is there in Bharatinagar Kennady street, It is the nearest Government hospital in Taramani. Voluntary Health Services, popularly known as the VHS. It  is a multispecialty hospital in Taramani that serves the economically weaker sections of the society.

Agastya :Take her to a corporate hosp... Meenakshi pressed Agastya's hand, he stopped abruptly. " But it is seven kilometers from our place Gopalapuram. It takes minimum 20 minutes." Said Diana.

Angayar : We have Roypet government Hospital here. It is only four minutes if you go via Peter's road.  Kunkum turned the car to Roypet. The traffic is not much. She was driving fairly fat. Meenakshi threw up again from the window. Agastya got panicked. He asked Angayar " Aunty! what could it be?"  Angayar looked seriously into his face. 

Meenakshi looked at her facial expressions and smiled. She has an objection to the word Aunty. Agastya ate a humble pie and bent his head. He looked at her apologitically. 

Angayar did not reply because that car reached Roypet Government Hospital. The car stopped before the emergency ward. Meenkashi was laid on  a bed as she was week. In a few minutes a doctor came. 

Doctor : since how many days you have fever?

Meenakhi: Since a week.

Doctor : Do you have chills? head ache?  vomiting ?

Meenakshi: I have head ache and body pains. 

Doctor: Do you have pain in the neck ? How many times you had vomiting?

Meenaskhi got tired and breathless . She was panting and gasping

Angayar : She never complained of neck pain, She vomited at least five times.

The doctor checked her pulse and said "Vomiting makes anybody week. we have to go for CBC, NAATs , NS1 Rapid test , MRI scan , CT scan...

Agastya: Please tell me doctor what happened to my mother.

Angayar : Nothing to worry Agastya..

The doctor was angry. He said " Ok she will treat your mother" with a grumpy face

Agastya: The doctor and I will finalise.   

Doctor: You and I can not finalize , only the blood reports and scanning reports can.

"Doctor! why so many tests we are afraid" said Diana.

It could be meningitis , it could be dengue or something. NAATs test  complete blood count,   serological test or blood culture needed to determine Dengue fever. MRI scan , CT scans show how the brain is affected by meningitis. these tests take time only after the test results we can start the treatment. we don't have all these tests, better go to private hospital get the tests done fast and come with the reports. said the doctor.  

"Who will be with the patient tonight here?" 

That question comes after the patient is admitted in the ward. we will give you a pass since you are the son.  until the patient is admitted in the ward and case sheet is prepared the nurse will take care.  visitors can come in the visiting hours. said the doctor and left. 

Angayar and Kunkum  decided to shift Meenakshi to private hospital. I will pay  for the tests, said Angayar. I will pay for the  to pay the treatment said Kunkum. Mean time Agastya checked his mother's bag. He found twenty thousand. "Nobody needs to pay. My mother has brought the money." said Agastya.  "Agastya It can be dengue or Meningitis. It may cost 2 two 3 lakhs. You can not, let us" said Angayar.  Agastya wanted two things he didn't want to leave his mother. He didn't want others to pay her hospital bills.  " No I can" said Agastya. Let us move from here said Angayar. Diana suggested that they should go to Apollo Hospital in Greams road since it it just 2 km from Royapet. Meenakshi was instantly shifted to Apollo.  


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