January 15, 2009

"Enna theriyardha?"

I am sure all of you have faced this at some point of time or the other over one or many of the festivities at home. It's 15 years later and some random mami for sure walks up to you and says, "Enna theriyardha?" (Do you recognize me?)

If you're anything like me, you'd give a blank stare up and down and if still you didn't recognize them and they didn't realize that, you would fake it, "Ongala theriyamala?" (As if I wouldn't recognize you?) Most people have the grace not to embarrass you any further... But some people don't and explicitly ask you to name them. And that's where you falter or hope that your mom comes to your rescue.

The most times that happened to me was at my own wedding reception. Where so many people found it important enough to tell me the most patently obvious thing - Ithunoonda irundhey... ipo paaru evalo valandhutey (You were sooo tiny... now look at you, all grown up). At least that's a remark which you can smirk away, but the enna theriyardha is a trap. I remember this one comical incident when my dad lobbed on stage with an uncle, and was all excited and asked me about 5 times, "Kondai, yaarunu teriyardha?" (Child, do you recognize him?) Normally I would've nodded with a welcoming smile. But I was exasperated by the question and the occasion and after 3 days of festivities, I was so darn tired, add to that those stupid heels and the plastered smile. I snapped, "Illai pa." (No) My dad comes closer to me and whispers, "Neither do I... but I was hoping you knew." Touché. Not even your parents can rescue you from that one. And no one was getting out with any dignity past that point. Poor uncle.

14 comments:

Parasuraman said...

if u were that tired i was more after all conducting a daughters marriage is not that easy atleast ou have said ivarai theriamalaaa? u let me down done repeat it ha ha
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Jaya said...

Appa -> True... but exasperation took the place of logic ;) Hahaha

Shiva kumar Shankar said...

Oh man so true. Faced the same stuff in my marriage in sept. Sheesh, don't they ever get anything else to talk. Evidently when we were "Ithunoondu" we can't truly remember people's names (especially elders).

Worst incident-- When in India in Apr for engagement, I was going around talking to my uncles and aunts (dad's siblings and his b-i-l). That group is close enough not to forget, but then there was this man nearby, second cousin of my Dad, and I was probably seeing him for only the second time. He himself did not recognize me, and when I went around greeting people next to him, he leaned over asks my athimbs (dad's b-i-l), learns who I am and then promptly asks, yaaru teriyardhaa?
Needless to say, I was ticked off and immediately cut him down, saying "ungaluke naa yaaru nu teriyalai, athimber kitta kaetu terinjundel, ippo yen kitta inda kelvi yaa?"
Needless to say he was embarrassed that he got caught :D

Vidhya said...

every time they say "evalo periyavala aayitha"..I am sooooo tempted to say "neengalunthan.."

Jaya said...

Shiva-> Tell me about it.. At my brother's wedding, it was hilarious. He'd lost sooo much weight that someone didn't recognize him. I had my arm around his shoulder and this relative of mine asked me to intro my "friend". I was like - hello... u don't know the groom and you are at the wedding why?! LOL!

Vidu-> That's a funny but mean comeback :)

Rajni said...

LOL! Thats hilarious about your dad! there have been times when my dad has chatted with someone that he didn't know the name of and then when the person would turn around he shrugs and says' beta i have NO idea who that was. Always know you get your conversational skills from your dad! " LOL

Jaya said...

Rajni -> I know I do!! It was hilarious.. it left us in peals of laughter before the actual embarrassment came in. Lol :)

karmanna said...

lol !!
'yadha pitha -thadha puthri ;)

rajkingme said...

Jolly Jaya... Muthal murai, inga varen. Jollya elutharinga :)

Enna theriyathu ungalukku kandippa. So i wont ask u that question :)

Jaya said...

Karmanna -> Very true.. very true :)
Rajkingme -> Nandri... Thirumba varavum :)

deepanddeep said...

Good stuff! (BTW, I am Ram's classmate from HCE)

Jaya said...

deepanddeep -> Thank you. Please keep coming back :)

Human said...

This reminded me of an incident. Same question "Enna Theriyardha?" was targeted at me, But...I replied with some nakkal "Ivlo perusa munnadi nikkarael, Theriayamalaya!"...and moved on..:)

-Commenting for the first time..I have been reading ur blogs for a while now..Good Stuff..Keep writing and yeah keep clicking..

Jaya said...

Human -> Hehe... I chose the non-nakkal route :D. Thanks for the compliments and yeah, keep visiting :)

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