August 4, 2009

Maple calling

So Appa n I were out shopping this evening... Suddenly there is cacophony. A millisecond later I realize that it's coming from Appa's pocket. It's his cell phone resounding a ridiculously high volume. He grabs it and hands it over to me (he can't read who's calling without his glasses). An instant before I pick it up I glance at the screen. It says "Maple calling". I double-check the screen looking at it dubiously as I prepare to answer the call. Who on earth was Maple? I had a friend who's last name was "Oak" but I couldn't imagine that Appa had a friend called Maple. I had absolutely no clue what to expect as I clicked the "Answer" button and muttered a very questioning "Hello" into the answer-piece. A brief crackle of static later, "Hello" comes the very familiar voice of my husband. I had to laugh. It wasn't Maple then. It was a very simplified spelling for Mappillai (meaning son-in-law in Tamil) or simple Map-le (to be pronounced as Map-lay). LOL moment.

13 comments:

Parasuraman said...

good humour keep it up

Anonymous said...

Ha ha. Funny. You must have also been confused while watching the movie 'Chinna Maple'.
-RATS

Sesh said...

funny!

Jaya said...

Thanks y'all... But I was genuinely taken aback. And Rats, joka?

Shiva kumar Shankar said...

initially, I read the title as Maple just as you did, but in split second realized it to be map-lay! oh the glory of chennai tamil and to be well versed in it :D!

UmaRam wants u to have a nice day said...

enjoyed reading Maple calling. luv aunty Uma

Jaya said...

Shiva-> Hehehe.. in tamil movie mode I'd have realized too... but I was foxed by the second word "calling" in English which made me associate the first word in English too. Lol. :)

Uma aunty -> Thanks a bunch.. Please keep visiting :)

krish said...

Big time LOL!

Gandalf said...

That was hilarious. Howz the India trip comin' along? Eaten your way thru Chennai yet? Have fun :-)

Jaya said...

Krish-Thanks dude. :) Was wondering where you were all this time. Welcome back.
Gandalf- same for you. You vanished! Glad to see you're back. Am only just beginning to eat across Chennai. Started with a bang at Eden. :D. Thanks for the comment n keep visiting!

Archana said...

hahaha! Hilarious!!!

Ram uncle said...

Sabash Maple !!!!!!!!!

Jaya said...

Archu-> Thanks da. :)

Ram uncle-> Sabash, Appa!!

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