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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Ajji's Penalty Kick!


Ajji’s Penalty Kick!

My Ajji was after me.

‘Ramu, Take me on a Thirtha Yathra. Everybody is going on one these days’.

I was taken aback .I recovered quickly and told her – ‘ These days, people are mostly sitting at home and watching TV. Moreover, it’s quite hot to be out in the sun.’

‘ I have myself watched both Advaniji and Rajnath Singhji on their yathra on the TV!’

‘Ajji! It’s quite expensive to go on their kind of yathras. Moreover, it would be quite tiring at your age’.

‘I don’t understand. Advaniji’s car is air-conditioned. He breaks his yathra at will. If he gets tired in between, he goes by his helicopter, plane or A/C Ist class!’

Oh! Ajji knows everything. It was a mistake to put UPS for the house. She puts in more hours than Rajdeep Sardesai and Srinivasan Jain put together and does her own 24 X 7!

‘Ajji! In politics their presence is urgently required sometimes. – Like, Reservation Policy, Dousing intra party firefighting, Campaigning etc. They have to cut short their yathra in such times and resume again’.

‘Ramu, how is it they break their Yathra in between at will and join the same later. Will any God like it? Apashakuna Agalveno?’

‘Ajji, this is politics; sab chaltha hai. Moreover their yathra is not to achieve some spiritual nirvana or moksha. It’s for specific political agenda and sometimes is undertaken to settle some intraparty rivalry. God can always wait and will wait, till they rejoin’.

‘I don’t understand whatever you are saying. Now, if you can’t take me to a yathra, at least request one of them to take me along. Even if they take a break, it won’t matter. I will be there throughout. Aavaga Apashakun Agalla!’

Oh! Ajji won’t give up, would she? I wish Mohammed Kaif were as persistent as her! Looks like no way of getting out of this. I’ve to try harder…

‘ Though they are from the same party, they are enemies as far as this yathra is concerned. Ninge Hyage Helli? …. They are more like…. Rama - Ravana, Arjuna - Karna, Vali - Sugreeva. If I ask one, the other will get angry…’

‘Saaku Nilso! You won’t take me nor arrange to go with either Advaniji or Raj nath Singhji. You are just giving excuses. Ishtu Maadu,Sadhya! Buy me a plane ticket and send me to your sister’s place in Germany. There, at least, I can watch Ronaldo, Ronaldhino, Beckham and the World Cup matches, from next month peacefully!’


E.R. Ramachandran 31, May 2006
Email: erram@rediffmail.com