Idiyappams or little pockets of steamed rice noodles that Nish often refers to as birdie’s nest, is one of Roy’s favorites . Yes, I can’t suppress a grin (smirk?) when I refer to the favorites of a person, who eats almost everything and anything with the same gusto like he were eating the best meal of his life! Here’s what I mean- Idlis and Dosas he hates. But, can/will eat about 8-10 of them. Idiyappams and Paalappams he loves and can/will eat about 10 – 12 of them. So, would you call me a nag if I said to him, Kanna do you really think you need to go for that 12th appam? My sister Sonia, thinks so. According to her, even though there is the term of endearment ‘Kanna‘ in the sentence, my voice modulation and pitch decibel makes it sound more like – you jerk, you really think you can afford another of those onto to your ever growing waistline?
OMG you are going to drive him crazy just like Mummy did Papa., OMG leave the poor guy alone., OMG I wonder how he still continues to live with you., OMG you’ve really lost it., ….*eyes rolling*, is all I’ve heard, ever since I unloaded my bags in Bangalore, 3 weeks back having just arrived from SFO. Any accusations I can bear. But telling a girl that she is turning into her mother is gut wrenching and the worst kind of name-calling in my opinion. I know my sister means well and however convoluted and twisted like Idiyappams, her logic might sound, I’ve decided to try and not become my mother.
So, as I served Roy, this morning, his nth idiyappam that Mini chechi, my sister-in-law, made for breakfast, and as usual, when Roy pretended to refuse, in the typical Indian style with his hand on his tummy indicating he was full, but his plate evidently thrust forward to be served more, I sweetly chimed, Go ahead Kanna it is not everyday that you get to eat Mini chehi’s Idiyappams, I’m sure you could find a tinsy bit more space for just another one. Now, how is that for NICE, Sony???
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