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“You think perhaps, that hadn’t you accepted me, I would have remained a life long bachelor”
“Never”
“You think perhaps, that had I married someone else, I wouldn’t have been as happy as I’m now”
“Never”
“Then, what makes you so proud about yourself, Ammalu, my loving wife?”
“Any number of women would have come forward to marry you. You would have come forward to marry all, but had to end in marrying only one woman, thanks to the law of the land, thanks to your stars.
Any woman you marry would have made you happy. It is a very easy job.
But, my dear Pathideva, only I could make you to search all the corners to ensure that Your wife was not anywhere near, before you make a call to your friends. You would have easily swallowed any other woman, however wise she might be, with your sweet words.
Isn’t it something to be proud of, for a poor wife like me, my Lord?”
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“Ammalu, it is my dream that you should be my student or subordinate, instead of my wife, in the next janma so that I can correct your papers or write your CR”
“I prefer my present status to continue. Without any paper work, I can correct your papers and conduct your conduct”
“Wah, I love that, ‘conduct your conduct’ phrase. From where did you learn, my old woman?
“I copied your papers!”
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“Ammalu, what day is today?”
“Yesterday was Thursday”
“So, today is Saturday. Thank you. I have recorded our dialogue to show your mom
that you never give a direct answer”
“She knows that you don’t know the seven days of a week. She also knows that you depend on me even to know the day and date. Why proof?”
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“I’m too humble to claim proficiency in Science and Mathematics but can’t avoid au”Ammalu, what day is today?”
“Yesterday was Thursday”
“So, today is Saturday. Thank you. I have recorded our dialogue to show your mom
that you never give a direct answer”
“She knows that you don’t know the seven days of a week. She also knows that you depend on me even to know the day and date. Why proof?”tomatic interspersing of Mathematical signs, symbols and equations, when I talk. Hope it is OK with you, Ammalu”
“Yes, It is”
“Very good. You can always ask for clarification as you won’t understand A,B,C,D of my usage”
“Ok”
“I give you a big plus mark for admitting your bankruptcy in Maths which In fact is in a big minus level”
“Plus is plus and minus is minus. Are there big and small sizes in plus and minus?
3+3 = always six, whether the plus sign is small or big. Right or not ?
Are you really Interspersing your talk with Mathematical signs or with murungaiKai and kathirikkai, drumstick and brinjal, which are quantitative SP, my big plus husband?”
“No arguments, my all plus wife; your elevating my status to big plus, has made me a further humble husband”
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“Moonlit night, twinkling stars in the sky and dangling pudalangais, snake gourds in the
creeper –”
“SP, this is too much! No more poetry please. Come to the matter straight”
“Why don’t we go for a night out holding hand in hand”
“Night out means?”
“Going out at night, me holding your hand, you holding my hand, stroll through the sands of the Kalpathy river–”
“But why? Why go out at night, why hold hands, why stroll on the sands? ”
“What an unromantic woman you are, Ammalu?”
“Means?”
“A woman who doesn’t appreciate the affectionate advances of her lover”
“I’m not your lover ; I’m your wife!”
“Ok, the wife who doesn’t appreciate the affectionate advanced of her husband”
“Me ? You lier! From where did your children come? Dropped from the sky or dangled from your pudalangai creeper?”
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“Ammalu, if your head won’t bend down by jealousy, let me share a news I heard just now : our Ammini won the first prize in the Musical Chair competition for grannies held
In the school. Not sure whether she got a gold medal or a cash award ”
“Your news is five minutes old. The latest is, our Ammini missed one chair, fell on the ground, her entire weight on her buttocks, not sure which got jammed her body cushioning or the ground . Anyway, in the hospital bed now, that is sure. What is not sure is whether she got gold medal or cash award . I’m waiting for the next bulletin and shall let you know in another five minutes”
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