Sunday, February 15, 2009

My Valentine’s Day

Those who know my age might wonder what I am talking about. Well, I too had a Valentine’s Day surprise.

I remembered the significance of yesterday on opening the news papers in the morning. There were reports about the security arrangements (at least in South India) to restrain the self-styled ‘Moral Police’ forces causing problems on Valentine's Day. Deciding to watch the TV after breakfast to see what happens, I moved to the dining room.

Suddenly my nine year old granddaughter Nonie (Olakkuda – Palmyra leaf umbrella) blocked my way. She said that the food was not ready and I should wait. That was surprising because the cook had come early in the morning and she is quite efficient.

I returned to the newspapers till Nonie finally announced breakfast. I asked her what was there and she answered ‘Poorie and potato curry’. That is something I like.

I sat down and took two poories in my plate, as directed my granddaughter. Then I realized there was something different about them. They were heart-shaped. There were two such poories for each member of the family. I assumed that Nonie had cut the pieces rolled by the cook to pattern with kitchen scissors.

The previous night she had asked me to set the alarm for her for 6.30 in the morning. I did that but enquired why she wanted to get up that early on a holiday. She had mumbled some answer.

My wife told me after breakfast that Nonie had planned everything the previous night. The little girl woke up with the alarm and went to the kitchen. She rolled the dough in the shape of heart herself. Not quite perfect but nevertheless a tough job.

My granddaughter would have learned about Valentine’s Day obviously from the several programs about it on the TV channels for children. And, undoubtedly, she made the surprise breakfast as an expression of love.

No dispute that the Valentine’s Day and the New Year that many people in India celebrate according to the Gregorian Calendar, are imports from the West.

At least the poorie is Indian!


Ashvin said...


Nebu said...

It was so sweet of Nonie (you have to have daughters or grand daughters living with you to feel the difference).

However from what I am privy to, I am compelled to smell the hand of the new Menacherry ‘addition’ behind it..!!

Kariyachan said...

That was indeed a very affectionate gesture from a nine year old.


Truest love! Must have been your best Valentine's Day gift!

Sunita said...

How very sweet of her! It takes a daughter / grand-daughter to do such things which tug at our heart-strings.

Sharon Colaco D'Souza said...

That was such a sweet thing to do! I'm so glad Nonie has learnt something important - that Valentine's day is not only for couples, it's for everyone you love!

Thanks for posting~ Lovely blog!


Abraham Tharakan said...

Thanks Ashvin.

Abraham Tharakan said...

Nebu, my wife swears that the idea was 100% Nonie's.
You are right about daughters and granddaughters.

Abraham Tharakan said...

Thank you Kariyachan.

Abraham Tharakan said...

Yes Raji, it was the best Valentine's Day gift.

Abraham Tharakan said...

Yes Sunita, the gesture did tug heart strings.

Abraham Tharakan said...

Sharon Colaco D'Souza, thank you for the apt comment. I am happy that you like my blog. Please do keep on visiting the site.