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Amrutha, Anjali & Ayyappan - Could Almighty Plan Their Marital Status?

Discussion in 'Snippets of Life (Non-Fiction)' started by Thyagarajan, Feb 10, 2018.

  1. Thyagarajan

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    (This thread is not a sequel or prequel to sister @minesotasundari’s “Delay in Marriage” posted on May 11, 2016).

    :hello:AMRUTHA, ANJALI & AYYAPPAN - COULD Almighty Plan Their Marital Status?:hello:

    AQuid Pro Quo in Almighty’s Domain?

    Twin sisters Amrutha and Anjaliofmy bosom friend Ram - lived in the neighbourhood with their siblings and parents. Amrutha married few years back but for Anjali efforts were on but her marriage was getting delayed for varieties of reasons. All in their family were concerned as she was in her thirties.

    For the purpose of neutralizing invisible obstacles said to be hindering her marriage and getting Anjali married early, her parents called on senior astrologers and had been fasting too, visiting and performing numerous indoor and outdoor pooja with rare exotic flowers, conducting abhishekams to deities in ancient renowned temples in remote places across southern states of India.

    During college days, Ram & I were in the habit of collecting second-hand Tamil magazines that were in display on sidewalks leading to Marina beach in Chennai.

    On one such occasion, we spotted a dog-eared Tamil monthly magazine - Manjari- similar to Readers’ Digest in English, in which we both had read an article about a dilapidated Shiva temple in village known as Thirumananchery 30 Km from Kumbakonam– deep in South India. Inter alia, the article stated that spinsters who arrange and witness at this temple a symbolic wedding of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi would soon be blessed with Thirumangalyam (marriage).

    Ram discussed with his parents and senior siblings and it was decided to visit the above temple and follow religiously the rituals as practised there. I too accompanied Ram and Anjali to Thirumananchery and completed the formalities and returned with two Rose garlands and a packet each of thazhampoo scented deep maroon kumkum (vermillion) and turmeric powder as “Prasad”. These garlands were the very same ones that were decorating the deities Shiva and Parvathy during the symbolic wedding.

    It was advised that these garlands to be preserved in sacred place and couple soon after their wedding should return it to the temple.

    Next day, early morning, we returned to Chennai with these garlands which Anjali preserved with “Prasad” in their pooja room; and after head-bath, she applied the kumkum and turmeric powder on her forehead and prayed.

    Same day, in the evening, I was at Ram’s up-stair’s residence. He and I were chatting standing on the steps close to a window overlooking the bright open terrace.

    I saw tall bubbly Amrutha in pink cotton saree with her baby of few months old clad in sleeveless white frock in red polka-dots taking a stroll. Cool evening sea-breeze blowing away her rich black long tresses.

    After a while, Amrutha holding crying baby over her shoulders with her back close to the parapet wall of the open terrace, was pointing to a flight of doves flying West in a low parabolic arc across the azure sky.

    The baby ceased crying seemed to have been in awe, staring at the vast sky in the direction where ochre-sun was sprinting to set. Holding baby upright, laughing in instalments, Amrutha stamping her foot sang the rhyme “twinkle twinkle little star – how I wonder what you are - up above.....

    A laundry man with bullock cart was down below the street and had piled up huge dirty linen bundles over the hay spread at the back of the cart, while the tall snow-white bull was shaking its painted uncut luminous horn-head vertically. Few brass-metal bells strung around its neck in black beaded strands of wool were ringing.

    The bull’s ringing bells down below drew baby’s attention. Baby jerked its face away from mother brusquely. As the baby was wriggling out of her grip, Amrutha tighten her grip but she leaned dangerously backward outside the 3 feet parapet.

    That was the moment, the launderer down below was holding the ropes attached to the bull’s body, clicked his tongue repeatedly and the bull just commenced pulling the cart forward...

    With the baby in arms and her head down, in a jiffy Amrutha fell vertically down below on the pile of dirty linen. Ram & I leaped down the stairs and reached the spot. A little later Anjali, launderer and few onlookers joined us and extricated the baby and mother.

    Baby and her mother Amrutha not seemed to have been hurt at all.

    An effete Amrutha leaning on Anjali could not stand on her foot. The baby sucking thumb resting on waist of Anjali, watched her mother’s trepidation.

    In the meanwhile other members of their family and public huddled around.

    An ambulance pulled up in few minutes and Amrutha was taken to a nearby hospital. She was examined and after a couple of x-rays the diagnosis was that her spine cracked.

    Ayyappan, her husband returned from night shift, shocked to hear of the accident but sitting by her bedside, he was a picture of aplomb, spoke to half-shut-eyes Amrutha only words of motivation.

    A serious of treatment sessions lasting over two months as in-patient proved futile Amrutha’s body remain partially paralysed.

    With hope of recovery dimming, Amrutha chosen the day when womenfolk observed Varalakshmi Vratham and suggested to Ayyappan sitting by her bed-side that for the sake of their baby, he should re-marry and convinced her sister Anjali too to agree to marry him.

    In presence of Ram and his family members and I, the wedlock took place during early morning auspicious hours within a month in a suburb hill temple.

    Amrutha & Ayyappan remained content with the baby and the baby’s children are now well settled with their family at Wellington (NZ).

    Almighty’s benevolence ever remains enigmatic and queer indeed.
     
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  2. GeetaKashyap

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    @Thyagarajan Sir,

    Very nice story, well told in your inimitable style. Somehow marriages remain the sole purpose our adult life irrespective of whether it is a happy or a sad ending!

    You ended your story with the line, "Amrutha & Ayyappan remained content with the baby and the baby’s children are now well settled with their family at Wellington (NZ). " What happened to the tragedy queen Anjali, who sacrificed her dreams to take care of sister's child. Did she become Ayyappan's heroine or remained an extra in the love story of Amrutha n Ayyappan? Please add a line about the second heroine, Anjali. My heart goes out for her.
     
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  3. Thyagarajan

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    :hello:Your appreciation warms up the heart. Thanks. Your inquisitiveness understandable.
    2. I heard from my bosom pal Ram speaking from his elder sisters’ residence on the day when death anniversary was observed of twin sisters amidst their daughter and grand and great-grand children.
    3. From conversations from time to time had with Ram, I concluded that twin sisters lived together happily without inhibitions under same roof amicably with Ayyappan. As I had long innings away from erstwhile (Mad)Ras now Chennai, I had no opportunity to see the sisters at close quarters. Every Sunday my Ram and I chat for long free over phone as BSNL land line calls to any network in India it is free from Sat night to Monday morning. This was the trigger leading to this thread.
    Regards.
    God Bless Us All Always.
     
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    Thank God, for the happy ending! So it was a real event starring two heroines and one hero! Very nice:thumbup:
     
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    Great story, Sir! I liked your vivid description! It appears to me that the fate of the sisters were intertwined. There seemed to be conservation of happiness: both of them couldn't be happy at the same time. Very sad!
     
  6. Thyagarajan

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    :hello:Thank you. You ought to be an observant and avid reader enjoying even small seemingly insignificant details in an anecdote.
    2. I trust you have dedicated hours for IL. Posts browsing. I am sure you must have read other stories posted here including my winning ribbon for month of September 17 about missing a flight and the rat trapped in cooker.
    3. Looking forward to your posts.
    Regards.
    God Bless Us All Always.
     
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    @MonikaSG Thanks. Trust I would get FB highlighting good and bad of the anecdote.
    Regards
    God Bless Us All Always.
     
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    :hello:Thanks.you ought to be an avid reader enjoying even seemingly insignificant details.
    2. I trust you have dedicated time for Browsing and had read the ribbon winning Fine posts and FBs. I believe you had read the anecdote about Rat saving a man from flight.
    Regards God Bless Us All Always.
     
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    @Vandhuamma the above quoted message meant for you.
     
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    YEs Sir YEs SIr

    I read IL in between office work. So many a time dont comment. Just keep reading in between like the office emails and once i switch to work i forgot what i read.
    This gives me little time to focus and give appropriate replies.
    I have read almost all ur posts... Whenever i see your name in the thread I defintely read it.
     
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