Diwali Shopping With The Seniors

My parents have come to spend Diwali with us this year. My mother, in her usual over the top style, wanted to buy clothes for all of us. This was immediately followed by an almighty row, instigated by yours truly, on this 'conspicuous consumption' and ostentatious expenditure. All for nothing. My mother dug in her heels and refused to budge. So we left at 2pm for T.Nagar, the epicenter of Chennai's frenzied Diwali shopping.

T.Nagar is a bustling market area in Chennai city - and I use the term 'bustling' conservatively. The area has major sari showrooms, gold shops, home accessories, kitchen wares, vegetable vendors apart from permanent traffic snarls and a sea of humanity weaving through the traffic. I usually get serious panic attacks when I am in the vicinity. Today being Vijaydashmi - one of the most auspicious days of the Hindu calendar, the crowd had increased tenfold.

Enter me, my sister, and my parents, heading for the RmKV showroom, one of the famous sari retailers in the city. Pan to my father, looking astonished at the swelling crowd. 'Are they giving away silk saris free?' he wanted to know, unable to believe the magnitude of the crowd. My mother looked apprehensive since she is not too steady on her feet due to her brittle bones. A crowd is not a good place for her to be in.

So we abandoned RmKV and headed for Sundari Silks, another showroom located a short distance from RmKV. Mercifully it was less crowded. But not so less that we could get attract the attention of a salesman. It was like playing hide and seek. "Excuse me...! Can you please show us saris....excuse me!". When one guy appeared to look interested, we told him our budget. " You have to go over there." He pointed to the other side of the room. My sister snapped " We went there. There is no place to sit. You bring the saris here". And my dad " see...nobody is attending to us here! We should have gone to Rasi or Rangachary's" And me " Appa! Give it a rest no. We have come here, let us see what is there. Stop grumbling." And his usual refrain " I am worried about your mother..." And my mother "Konjam summa irukela!" (will you calm down please)

At last a salesman gave us his full attention. I suppose he got fed up with our squabbling. My sister and I made our choice. And just to confound our mother, we bought her a kajeevaram sari that cost a bomb. "But I don't want such an expensive sari" " We want you to have it. It is our sentiment" Ooooh! It gave me such pleasure to give her dialogue back to her! Since she liked the sari, she gave up protesting after a while.

We crossed the road and went to Murugan Idlli Shop for a snack. Managed to get a table for five persons. And waited interminably for our order of dosas to arrive. My dad, impatient at all times, ate up his chutney while waiting for the dosas to arrive. Then when it became intolerable, he got up and gave an earful to a nearby waiter. "We have been waiting for half and hour. Two people have come and gone at the nearby table. And I have eaten all my chutney!" (the last said in an aggrieved tone).

When the order arrived at last, my dad, wanting to avoid another delay said " Ok. Now get us some bondas" "No bondas on the menu saaar!!" "What?! You told me there were bondas. And now you say there aren't any bondas! What sort of establishment do you run?!" "Aiyyo thatha! He said pongal. Not bonda!" "Did he now? Well I dont want any pongal" said my dad, put out at the loss of bondas.

And then we took an auto home. Surprisingly without a squabble with the auto guy about the fare.

Is mein fight hai, romance hai (saris are romantic), emotion hai...standard outing for the Familie Sundara Rajan.

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11 Responses to Diwali Shopping With The Seniors

  1. sampavar says:

    Ah! how I sympathise and empahtise with you. Shopping in T.Nagar even on normal days is a big no no. On a festival day it is absolute disaster. So yes you can take the bravery award. For your sister to have accompanied you, too goes that award. Now don't get me started on what awards to give your folks. :)
    Lucky Ramanan that he had office (I a sure he would have thought of some work to avoid T.Nagar) to attend to.
    I remember last year or the year before that Lakshmi dragged me there to shop for pavadai's for Aishwari at RmKV. Those are nightmares that I hope I don't have to relive anymore.
    BTW, if you at all wanted too, there is a Kumaran outlet at Mylapore too. Less crowded. Nalli is also there at Adyar and Anna Nagar.

  2. First time here, was floored by the 'About me' :)
    Read this post and your family sounds like ours!! Ha ha ha!!!

    "my dad, put out at the loss of bondas.

    And then we took an auto home. Surprisingly without a squabble with the auto guy about the fare.

    Is mein fight hai, romance hai (saris are romantic), emotion hai...standard outing for the Familie Sundara Rajan.
    "

  3. Mohan says:

    Adventures in India! that too during festive season... That was a great article. Filmy ishtyle narration as well :)

  4. Is shopping mein Ma ki mamta hai; Diwali ka tyohaar hai; charon taraf bahaar hai; Tum kya jaano ek sari kharidne ka jazba :)

  5. Ha! Ha! Ha!

    I loved the way you narrated this... keep going!

  6. Almost 2 weeks... and no new posts... ?????????

  7. Wish you a very happy, safe and prosperous Deepavali/Kali Puja... !!! May the festival of lights bring lots of happiness and colour into your life and a New Year blessed with prosperity!

  8. srikala says:

    deepa enjoyed the whole narration thoroughly,way to go,u have a great gift of writing buddy:-)

  9. Wish you a very happy, safe and prosperous Deepavali/Kali Puja... !!! May the festival of lights bring lots of happiness and colour into your life and a New Year blessed with prosperity!

  10. Almost 2 weeks... and no new posts... ?????????

  11. Ha! Ha! Ha!

    I loved the way you narrated this... keep going!