Anju maatuponn kadai Anju (five) maatuponn (daughter in law) kadhai (story) So it means "the story of the five daughters in law) As kids when my siblings and I would fight about the work allotted to us my mother would say "Do your work without fighting otherwise it will become like anju maatuponn Kadhai". Here is the tale as I recall now The tale is of five daughters in law who have divided the work among themselves. Remember that this is a tale from ancient times when joint families were the norm First dil, samayal panninal (eldest or first dil cooked) Second ,illai pottu theertham vaipal (second dils would lay the plantain leaf to eat and keep water alongside) Third, parimaruval (third dil would serve the food) Fourth ,ilayai eduthal (fourth dil would pick up the leaf after food is eaten ) Fifth, echil ittalaam (fifth would clean the place where food was served and water) But the daughters in law just wanted to be done with their part of the work and be free for a while. None of them were really interested in doing the work. Let's not forget that those days there was lot of manual labour to do the ladies had to tend to their kids elders ad do all the household work without our modern gadgets like mixer grinder refrigerator micro wave and the works in stuffy kitchens with no fans exhaust fans. So rivalry and infighting was common among them Coming back to our story, each of the women does strictly what is her part of the work. In the bargain the sequence is lost as they dont look at the whole picture. So before food is served one of them who is supposed to clean the place does it, the one who has to lay the plantain leaves does her job , the one who is assigned the work of picking up the leaves does so....all this is done before the food could be cooked and served ! Message? When the team is not motivated to work for the larger good each one does his or her bit and there is utter chaos.