அம்மா பொண்டாட்டி தங்கை வப்பாட்டி

Venkatesanin veedu Erode Periyaar Nagaril irunthathu. Mottai maadiyil ninrapadi, athikaalaiyin sillenra kaatril layiththiruntha avarathu kaathugalil, railway nilayaththin oliperukkiyil arivippu onru seiyappattuk kondirunthathu nanraagak kettathu. Avar mugaththil oru aarvam kalantha punnagai malarnthathu.

‘Vijayin rail vanthu vittathu,’ enru enniyapadi avar oru sinnappaiyanaip pola, maadippadigalil thulli iranginaar.
“Manju! Rail vanthiruchchunnu ninaikkiren,” enrathum Manjuvin mugam malarnthathu. Appaadaa, oru varudam kazhiththu magan varappovathai ninaiththu aval pooriththup ponaal.
“Innikku oru naal walking pogalennaa enna kudi muzhugip poyidum?” enrapadi, bermudaavum T-shirtumaaga purappattuk kondiruntha kanavarai aval sellamaagak kadinthu kondaal.
“Avan thaan paththu naal irukkap poraane! Avan vanthathum oru ‘hello’ sollittu appuramaagath thaane walking pogap poren,” enru siriththaar Venkatesan.
“Naliniyai ezhuppalaamaa?” enra Manju angirunthe,”adiyei Nalini, unga annan vara neram aachchudi. Seekkiramaa ezhunthu pal vilaikkittu rediyaagudi,” enru kural koduththaal.
“Ippa ethukku avalai oorukku munnaadi ezhuppare?” enru Venkatesan manaiviyaik kadinthu kondaar. “Leave thaane avalukku? Nithaanamaa ezhunthukkattume? Pillai vara santhoshaththile ooraiye kuuttiduve polirukke?”
Aduththa sila nimidangali, vaasalil auto vanthu nirkum saththam kettathu. Venkatesanum Manjuvum ettip paarkkum munnare, autovilirunthu avasara avasaramaaga irangiya Vijay avargal iruvaraiyum nokkik kaiyasaiththapadi ulle nuzhainthaan.
“Vaadaa Vijay!” enra Manjuvin vaayellaam pallaaga irunthathu.
“Enappaa? Pirayaanamellaam saukariyamaaga irunthathaa?” enru Venkatesan vaanjaiyodu kettaar.
“Aiyo! Sariyaan bor!!” enru siriththaan Vijay. “Amma! Naan Salem vanthathume, ezhunthu pal vilakkitten. Ulle poi soodaa oru cup kaappi pottuk kondu vaamaa! Romba naal aachu unnoda kaappi saappittu.”
“Sari Vijay!” enrapadi ezhunthu konda Venkatesan,”Nee relax pannu. Naan walking poyittu arai mani neraththile vanthidaren,” enrapadi kilambinaar.
“Neenga ennikkuppaa arai mani neraththile thirumbi vanthirukkeenga?” enru siriththaan Vijay.
“Ennappaa seiyarathu? Yaaraiyaavathu paarththu tholaichchidaren. Pesa aarambichchittaa neram porathe theriya maattenguthu!” enru siriththapadiye veliyerinaar Venkatesan.
“Innum Nalini thoongaraalaa?” enru kural koduththaan Vijay.
“Athai En ketkire?” enru samaiyal araiyilirunthu pathil aliththaal Manju.”Leave vittaalum vittaanga, 24 mani neramum thoongi vazhiyaraa un thangai.”
“Nan poi ezhupparen avalai,” enrapadi Vijay thangaiyin araikkul nuzhainthaan.
Nalini thalai varaikkum izhuththup porththiyapadi urangik kondirunthaal. Vijay padakkenru avalathu porvaiyai izhuththapothu avanathu ithayam oru vinaadi ninru ponathu.
Kaaranam, Nalini udambil ottuth thuni kuuda illaamal nirvaanamaagap paduththu urangik kondirunthaal. 18 vayathu paruva mangaiyaana thangaiyai nirvaanamaagap paarththa athirchchiyil Vijay thikku mukkaadip ponaan.
“Inthaadaa kaappi,” enrapadi araikkulle nuzhaintha Manju, magal thoongik kondiruntha kolaththaip paarhththu athirnthaal.
“Ada karumame!” enrapadi kaappiyai avasara avasaramaaga Vijayin kaiyil koduththu vittu, magalin meethu porvaiyaip pottu maraikka muyanraal.
“Amma! Onnum pannaathe!!” enru uththaravittan Vijay. “Ava appadiye thoongatthum.”
“Vijay, muthalle nee konjam veliye poyen,” enRu kenjinaal Manju.”Eppadi vetkamillaama ammanamaap paduththittirukka paaru inthap ponnu?”
“En pathattappadare?” enru kaappiyai nithaanamaagap parugiyapadi, kattilai nerunginaan Vijay. “Veetukkulle thaane ippadith thoongittirukka? Vidu!!”
“Nee avalukku mele,” enRu kadinthu kondaal Manju. “Nee hall-ukkup pOdaa! Enakku tharmasankatamaa irukku!”
“En? Ippa neeyaa ammanamaa irukke?” enrapadi kaappik koppaiyai teeppaayil vaiththapadi kathavai saaththinaan Vijay.
Manjuvin ithayam padapadavenru adiththuk kolla aarambiththathu. Etharkaaga ivan kathavai saaththugiraan? Oru velai..oru velai…Che..Che! En pillai appadiyellaam seigiravan illai..avanai naan appadiyaa valarththirukkiren?
Vijay Manjuvin manathil erpattiruntha kuzhappaththaik kandu kollaamal, padukkaiyai nerungiyapadi, athan vilimbil amarnthu kondaan.
“Pona varusham paarththathukku ippa Nalini romba azhagaa maaritta maathiri irukkille?” enru kettapadiye Vijay, Naliniyin mugaththil vizhunthiruntha kuunthalai vilakkinaan. Avanathu kangal thangaiyum palapalavenra sarumaththaiyum, sekkachchevelenru sivanthiruntha avalathu pavazha ithazhgalaiyum paarththup paarththu rasiththana.
Manjuvukkuth thondai varandathu. Enna nadakkirathu inge? Vijay thanathu viralgalaal Naliniyin uthattai varudinaan; piragu irandu viralgalaalum avalathu ithazhgalaip pithukkinaan.
“Panju polirukkummaa Naliniyoda uthadu,” enrapadi kuninthapadi, thanathu uthadugalaith thangaiyin uthadugalin miithu pathiththaan.
“Vijay!” Manju alarinaaL.
“Ennaachchu? Ethukku ippadik kaththareA?” enru sarrum kalavarappadaamal thirumbiyapadi kettaan Vijay.
“Thappu! Nee avalai muththamidak kuudaathu,” enru kaattamaagak kuurinaal Manju.
“En? En appadi?”
“Ava unnoda thangaidaa,” enraal Manju. “Ava innoruththan veettukkup pogap porava. Nee avalaith thodarathe thappu.”
“Ithu romba aniyaayam,” enrapadi Vijay meendum thangaiyin udal azhagaik kangalaal alakkath thodanginaan. “Ippadi oru pommai maathiri thangaiyai, inthak kolaththile paarththittu eppadimmaa summaa irukkirathu?”
“Vijay!” Manju veerittaal. Kaaranam, Vijay ezhunthu kondu thaan aninthu kondiruntha aadaigalai ovvonraagak kazhatrath thodangiyirunthaan.
“En ippadi adikkadi kaththare?” enru ammaavaik kadinthu kondaan Vijay.
Verum jattiyum baniyanumaaga ninru kondiruntha Vijayaip paarththathum, Manjuvukku Eerakkulaiye nadungiyathu. Avanathu jattiyil therintha migap periya veekkaththaik kandu avalukkuk kittath thatta moorchchaiye vanthathu.
“Vijay! Nee pannarathu konjam kuuda nallaayille,” enru erinthu vizhunthaal Manju. “Ithu evvalavu asingamaa irukku theriyumaa? Chee!”
Vijay viruttenru thirumbiyavan, ezhunthu kondu Manjuvai nokki nadanthaan. Manjuvukkuk kili erpattathu. Thannai oru velai, araiyilirunthu veliye thalli vittu, avan thangaiyai anubavikkap pogiraano enra payam avalukku erpattathu.
“Amma! Onnu sonnaa kovichchukka maattiye!”
“Vendaam! Nee enna sollap porennu enakkuth theriyum,” enru idai mariththaal Manju. “Naan veliye poga maatten. En kannethirile en pillai en ponnai naasam panna naan anumathikka maatten. Mariyaathaiyaa veliye poyidu. Illennaa, Appa vanthathum ellaaththaiyum solliduven.”
“Ellaaththaiyum solliduviyaa?” Vijay nakkalaagak kettaan.
“Amaam,” enru meendum azhuththam thiruththamaagk kuurinaal Manju.”Ellaaththaiyum solliduven.”
“Appadinnaa, ithaiyum serththe sollidu,” enra Vijay, Majuvin irandu mulaigalin miithum kai pottu amukkinaan.
“Vijay..enna pannare?” Manju athirnthaal. “Un puththi en ippadip poguthu? Naan unnoda Amma!”
“IrukkattumE!” enRu siriththa Vijay, ammaavin mulaigalin miithiruntha thanathu pidiyai irukkinaan. “Nee ennoda azhagaana amma! Sella amma!! Sari thaane?”
“Kaiyai edura,” enRu siirinaaL Manju.
“Maatten,” enraan Vijay.
“Ippa edukkap poriyaa illaiyaa?” enru uruminaal Manju.
“Ore oru kandishanile kaiyai edukkiren,” enraan Vijay.
“Enna athu?”
Vijay, Manjuvin oru kaiyai eduththu, thanathu jattiyin veengiya paguthiyin meethu vaiththaan. Manju sattenru neruppil kai vaiththavalaip polath thanathu kaiyaip pin vaangik kondaal.
“Vijay, enna ithellaam?”
“Naan unnai vidanumunnaa, nee ennodathaith thottu oru thadavai amukki vidanum,” enru siriththaan Vijay.
“Maatten,” Manju maganin kaiyaith thalla muyanraal. Anaal, avanathu pidi irugik konde ponathu.
“Summa solla koodaathu! Intha vaysileyum unnoda mulai rendum meththu meththunnu irukku,” enru siriththaan Vijay. “Innikkup poora pidichchukkitte irukkalaam polirukku.”
“Sandaalaa!” enru irainthaal Manju. “Engirunthudaa unakku intha puththi vanthathu?”
“Ingerunthu thaan,” enrpadi Vijay oru kaiyai viduviththu, Manjuvin thodaigalukku naduve, avalathu koothiyiruntha idaththaith thadavinaan.
“Usssssss! Vi..jay!”
“Nallaarukkaa?” enru kisukisuththaan Vijay. “Oru thadavi..ore oru thadavai enakku unnoda koothiyaik kodu. Naan naakkup podara azhagile nee sokkip poyiduve!”
“Rascal!” enraal Manju. Avalathu kangalil kanneer muttik kondu vanthathu.
“Inge enna nadanthittirukku?”
Vijay, Manju iruvarum thidukkittuth thirumbinar. Thookaththilirunthu kan vizhiththa Nalini, thanathu araiyil enna nadakkirathu enru theriyaamal malanga malanga vizhiththuk kondirunthaal.
“Anna! Nee eppa vanthe? Ammaavai enna pannittirukke…aiyo..naan ippadi irukkum pothu…,” enrapadi aval kattilukkuk keezhe surundu vizhunthu kidantha thanathu naittiyai eduththuth thanathu maarbagangalai maraikka murpattaal.
“Nalini, Inge vaa,” enru uththaravittaan Vijay.
“Vendaam Nalini,” enru koovinaal Manju. “Ungannan munnai maathiri illai. Romba kettup poyittaan. Avan pakkaththileye varaathe!”
“Nee summaa irukkave maattiyaa?” enrapadi, Vijay Manjuvai izhuththu anaiththu, avalathu kundiyaip pidiththu amukkinaan. Manjuvukku valikkum varaikkum avalathu kundiyaip pottup pisainthaan.
“Aiyo! Inthap pillaikku enna aayiruchchunnu theriyalaiye,” enru pulambinaal Manju.
“Anna, enna ithu?” enru odi vanthaal Nalini. “Ammavai vidap poriyaa illaiyaa?”
“Sari viitudaren,” enru Majuvai viduviththaan Vijay.
Oru sila kanangal antha araiyil amaithi thavazhnthathu. Manjuvum, Naliniyum penthap pentha muzhiththuk kondirunthanar.
Thideerenru,
Naliniyin meethu puliyaip polap paainthaan Vijay. Avanathu kaigal thangaiyin udalai irukkamaagath thazhuviyathu. Avanathu uthadugal avalathu uthadugalodu azhunthina. Avanathu kaigal avalathu kundiyaip parrip pidiththapadi, avanathu ezhuchchiyai avalathu koothiyin miithu vaiththapadi theiththana.
“Aiyo Vijay! Ava kanni kazhiyaatha ponnudaa!” enru thalaiyil adiththuk kondaal Manju. “Avalai onnum pannidaathedaa!”
“Appadeennaa nee vaa,” enraan Vijay.
“Varendaa varen,” enru mugaththai moodik kondaal Manju.
“Nee ingeye irunthu nadakkirathaiyellaam onnu vidaama vedikkai paarkkanum,” enra Vijay, Naliniyin irandu mulaigalaiyum pidiththu amukkinaan. Avalathu kaambugalaith thanathu viralgalukkulle vaiththu uruttinaan.
“Please Anna! Enakku ennamo pannuthu,” enraal Nalini.
“Adei, avalai vidudaa,” enru koochchalittaal Manju. “Athaan naan varennun sollittenillai?”
“Sollittaa pothumaa?” enru ethir kelvi kettaan Vijay. “Muthalle nee unnoda pudavaiyai avizhththittu kattil pakkamaa poi nillu.”
“Muthalle nee Naliniyai vidu,” enraal Manju.
“Nee udambile ottuth thuni kooda illaama aagira varaikkum naan en thangachchiyoda vilaiyaadittu iruppen,” enrapadi Vijay thodarnthu Naliniyin mulaigalodu vilaiyaadinaan.
“Anna! Vittudunnaa! Please!! Enakku ennamo pannuthunnaa!”
“Ennadaa pannuthu?” enrapadi Naliniyin koothiyai varudinaan Vijay. “En thangachchikku inge ooruthaadaa? Naan vennaa viral pottu vidattumaadaa en sellam?”
“Dei Vijay,” enRu kural koduththaal Manju. “Inge vaadaa, naan thayaaraayittendaa.”
Vijay thirumbi nokkiyapothu, Manju minnal vEgaththil nirvaanamaagi kattilin arugil ninru kondirunthaal.
“Super!”
“Anna! Amma paavam! Vittudu Anna!!” enru kenjinaal Nalini.
“Amma! Kattille nallak kaalai virichchittup paduththukka,” enru kattalaiyittaan Vijay.
“Enna kanraaviyo kadavule,” enrapadi Manju kattilil thoppenru vizhunthapadi, thanathu kaalgalai viriththuk kondaal.
“Nalini, en kooda vaa,” enrapadi thangaiyai kattilai nokki izhuththu senraan Vijay.
“Ava ethukkudaa? Avalai vidudaa,” enRu koovik kondiruntha Manju, thideerenru neenda perumoochchu vittapadi amaithiyaagip ponaal. Kaaranm, Vijay virinthiruntha Manjuvin kaalgalukku naduvil, Naliniyin thalaiyai vaiththu azhththiyirunthaan. Arambaththil, moochchu vidath thinariya Nalini, piragu veru vazhiyinri ammaavin koothiyai nakkath thodanginaal.
“Vendaandi…Vendaandi,” enrapadi Manju thanathu irandu kaigalaalum mugaththai maraiththuk kondaal. Intha santharppathaip payanpaduththik konda Vijay, thanathu jattiyaik kalainthaan. Avanathu sunni padameduththu aadum oru karu naagam polath thenpattathu.
“Aiyo!” enru visumbinaal Manju. “Naan peththa ponnu, pannak koodaathathellaam panna vaichchittiye!”
Nalini thalaiyai nimirththa muyanra ovvoru thadavaiyum, Vijay meendum meendum avalathu thalaiyai Manjuvin koothiyin meethu vaiththu azhuththinaan. Sirithu neraththil, Manjuvukkum Nalinikkum, Vijay thanathu veri adangum varai iruvaraiyum vidappovathillai enbathu purinthu poyirunthathu.
Manjuvin mulaikkaambugal samaya santharppam theriyaamal vidaiththuk kondirunthana. Muthalil, Naliniyin uthadugal thanathu puzhaiyil pattu, varudi viduvathu avalukku aruvaruppaaga iruntha pothum, sirithu neram kazhiththu aval unarchchi vasap padath thodangiyirunthaal. Avalaiyum ariyaamale avalathu kaigal, magalin thalaiyaip pidiththapadi thanathu koothiyin meethu vaiththu azhuththik kondirunthana.
“en ponne! Enna pannaredi nee! Aiyo,” enru Manju munaginaal. Athe samayaththil, Naliniyum thanathu koothiyin meethu munaguvathai avalaal unara mudinthathu. Thalai thookip paarththapothu, Nalinikkup pinnaal ninru kondiruntha Vijay, Naliniyin thodaigalukku naduve kaiyai vittu, avalathu koothikkulle thanathu viralai irakkiyapadi, kuththik kudaiyath thodangiyirunthaan. Avanathu viral, thanathu aazhaththukkulle irangiyiruppathai unarnthu konda Nalini, thalaiyai oru kanam nimirththi ‘Aav!’ enru veerittaal.
Athu varai intha vilaiyaattil sarrum eedupaadu illaathiruntha Manju, magalin ithazhgal thanathu koothiyilirunthu vidupattathai sagikka mudiyaamal, meendum Naliniyin thalaiyaip pidiththuth thanathu koothiyin meethu kavizhththaal.
“Maatten maateennu sonniye,” enru siriththaan Vijay. “Ippa sollu! Nallaayirukka Amma?”
“Amaandaa,” enru ararrinaal Manju. “Romba nallaayirukkudaa en sellame!”
“Ippa naan en thangachchiyai Okkalaama?” enru aasaiyodu kettaan Vijay.
“Please Anna,” enru meendum thalaiyaith thookiyapadi pathil aliththaal Nalini. “Ennai nallaa Oththidunnaa! Unnoda aasai theera Oththidunnaa!”
Atharku mel Vijaykku entha anumathiyum thEvaip pattirukkavillai. Thanathu sunniyai thangaiyin koothikkulle kubukkenru iRakkiya Vijay, salak pulakkenru irukkamaaga iruntha thangaiyin koothiyai sagattu menikku okkath thodanginaan. Annan Oththa Ozhil Thangai, Ammaavin koothiyin meethu munagik kondirukka, magalin theeviramaana naakku velaiyil manam magizhntha Manju, inbaththil Olamittuk kondirunthaaL.
Sirithu neram kazhiththu, Naliniyin koothi vediththu sithari, Vijayin sunni Eeraththil nanainthathu. Avan sarva jaakkirathaiyaaga, thanathu sunniyai thangaiyin koothiyilirunthu veliyeRRi vittu, avalathu thalaimayiraip pidiththu, avalathu mugaththaith thiruppi, avalathu mugaththin meethu peechchiyadiththaan. Nalini Annanin theerththathai aasaiyodu arunthi magizhnthaal.
Vijayin sunni thongik kondiruppathaik kanda Manju, athanaip parrith thanathu vaayil vaiththu soopi vidath thodanginaal. Naliniyum thanathu pangukku Annanin kottagalai nakki vittaal. Oriru nimidangalil Vijayin sunni meendum veeru kondu ezhunthathu.
Ippothu, Naliniyaik kaalgalai viriththup padukka vaiththu vittu, Ammavin thalaiyai thangaiyin koothi meethu vaiththu azhuththi vittu, thangaiyai Oththathu pOlave, ammaavaiyum Okka aarambiththaan Vijay.
Anru muthal, Nalinikkuth thirumanam aagum varaikkum, Manjuvum Naliniyum Vijayin irandu pendaattigalaip pola, sakkalaththi sandaiyillaamal orrumaiyaaga irunthu vanthanar.
Appa? Avaraip parri yaar kavalaip pattaargal?

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