All of us whatever gender we belong to invariably (there are exceptions ofcourse) go all out to look younger than what we actually are and feel thrilled when someone puts us in the age bracket years younger . The easiest way trying to camouflage our years is dying our hair , I mean what remains of it with age catching up. The next thing is (carefully) sporting our attire fit for someone much younger expecting compliments on our sartorial tastes and in keeping with fashion trends. Unfortunately like it is said face is the index of mind, our face is the first give away with wrinkles taking over.
Well, coming to the point, we found a family of different ages occupying the table next to us at a restaurant and the youngest, looking around three greeting me with a very friendly smile even as she was dipping pieces if idli in sambar and enjoying its taste. The little girl voluntarily informed me one was her paati and the other elderly lady was her kollu paati. Immediately her paati pointing to me said, ‘Tell me, is she an aunty or paati?’
The brat literally scrutinized me for a long time and replied with a broad smile ‘ She is Paatiaunty’. What diplomacy at her age I left wondering !
n.meera raghavendra rao