The girl I met at the shop must be hardly six or seven and her little brother probably a few years younger and I was amazed at the girl’s good manners, said my husband soon after we returned from one of the leading shops offering a Sale for Aadi season.
What was so amazing? I am sure she addressed you as Uncle and not Thatha which must have flattered you, I said knowing how any man would be susceptible to compliments especially paid by someone young enough to be his grand daughter.
Infact she addressed me as mama and offered the cool drink to me when she noticed me sitting by her side, he said.
Did you accept it? asked.
Don’t be silly, he retorted.
Then an elderly lady looked around to find a vacant seat to shop in comfort and this girl immediately got up and offered her seat to her. Doesn’t that speak of her good manners? He said.
I asked her in which school she was studying and the name she mentioned appeared unfamiliar to me. When I said so, she repeated the name with the same politeness saying it is in the U.S. where they live.
Meanwhile her brother was claiming her attention wanting to have her glass of juice and she readily gave it to him, he said reiterating his praise for the girl’s good manners.
Since I couldn’t contain my curiosity anymore, I asked her how she was able to talk in such chaste Palghat Tamil when she had been living abroad for so long.
Well, mama, we belong to Palghat which is our HomeTown, she replied with a sense of pride.
n.meera raghavendra rao