Happy Pongal to you, greeted my friend on the phone. What are your plans for the day? She asked.
Well, I shall be busy right through the day, I said.
Busy with what? I am sure you will be preparing a festive lunch as you normally do, she said.
Yes, certainly –sweet and ven pongal, besides amavade and kootu comprising sweet potato, sweet pumpkin, broad beans etc. and of course rice and rasam, I elaborated.
How very tempting, I feel like inviting myself for lunch, she enthused.
Most welcome, why don’t you come along? I said.
Are you having any guests for lunch? She asked a little hesitantly.
None, I assured her.
By the way, would you mind bringing your maid along with you? I said.
What for? she asked surprised.
Just to do the dishes, I told her .
I would have brought her along only if she hadn’t taken leave for two days for the festival, she informed.
You are lucky, my maid has taken off for four days, I said.
Aye, forget about preparing the festive lunch, let’s go to some hotel and save ourselves the trouble of standing in for our maids, she suggested.
Not a bad idea at all, I said all excited.
n.meera raghavendra rao