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Aaniyum Aadiyum

Posted by ammupatti on July 21, 2008

Once upon a time there lived a family in a place called Kattur. The family consisted of the father (Appa), the mother (Amma), their son and the daughter-in-law. Once, when the harvesting was over and there was not much farm work to do, Appa and Amma decided to go on a pilgrimage to Kasi with their friends. In those days, a pilgrimage to Kasi took a long time, sometimes more than 6 months, as they had to travel by bullock cart and on foot. There were no trains.
Amma was worried that the daughter in law would not be able to manage the house, when they were gone. So she started advising her days in advance as to how to manage the affairs of the house. She stored enough food grains and vegetables and other things for them. She called both her son and daughter in law and said, “I have stored enough food grains for you both to last until our return. Be careful about how you spend them. Don’t allow any strangers inside the house. Aani and Aadi are coming. So keep enough food materials for Aani and Aadi or else you may not have anything when Aani and Aadi are here”. They said, “Don’t worry amma, we will take care of Aani and Aadi. We will use the food grains judiciously.” Others in the village came to know that the father and mother were leaving for Kasi, and they also knew that the son and daughter in law were very gullible. One old couple in particular decided to take advantage of the situation.
After Ama and Appa left for Kasi, the son and daughter in law continued living as they used to, remembering to use food judiciously so that there would be enough for Aani and Aadi. After a few days, the old couple decided that the time had come to take advantage of the situation. They dressed up in fancy clothes so that they could not be recognized. They went to the house when there was nobody else around and knocked on the door. The daughter in law remembered her mother in law’s advice and did not open the door. So they knocked harder again. So she called out, “Who is this”? They replied, “We are Aani and Aadi. Please open the door”. The daughter in law remembered that her mother in law had told her that Aani and Aadi would arrive. So she rushed to the door and invited the old couple in. “Please come in Aani and Aadi,” she said, “we are very happy you have come. Amma had told us that you would come. We have been told to take good care of you. Stay as long as you like. Amma has stocked enough food grains and vegetables for you.”
And so the old couple stayed with the young couple for more than a month. During this time they enjoyed all the food that the young girl cooked, all the fruits and vegetables that her mother in law had stocked up and had a jolly time. As the monsoons were about to arrive, they decided to take leave. The food in the house was almost all over, and they thought they would be better off staying at their own home. So one day they told the young couple that it was time for them to go home, thanked them for their hospitality and left. The young couple bade them farewell, quite happy that they had followed their parents’ wishes in hosting Aani and Aadi. Then of course the real Aani and Aadi arrived. The monsoon months of Aani and Aadi came one after the other and there were rains every day and there was no way to procure food or vegetables or fruits. And so the young couple couldn’t eat regularly and were too tired to even go out and get something from the farm. So they stayed at home and starved. Finally at the end of the monsoon months, Amma and Appa returned from Kasi. And what did they find, but that their son and daughter in law were very ill and unable to walk or do anything. So Amma asked them, “What happened, why are you so starved?” With great difficulty her son and daughter in law told them that Aani and Aadi had visited and so all the food was spent feeding them and they had had nothing to eat for the last two months. When the parents heard this they realized that their children had been thoroughly duped. “Oh silly things!” Amma cried, “Aani and Aadi are monsoon months not people. That’s why I told you to be careful or you would end up starving. And you still ended up starving.” (I feel that the English translation does not do justice to my m-i-l’s rendering at this point. When she told my handsome and charming children this story, at this point she would be beside herself with laughter, and related Amma’s statement in Tamil as, “Ada asadugalaee! Aaniyum Aadium maasamakkum, manushal alla!”)


7 Responses to “Aaniyum Aadiyum”

  1. shriya said

    The story is awesome never knew about this one. And I like the last statement.

  2. lakshmi said


  3. sangeeth said

    luv this story…even my pati used to tell me this…miss those days…english translation was not that bad dear….it was still hilarious :)

  4. sangeeth said

    This is really a great effort…do please post many stories …..this generation is missing something that is valuable.

  5. Dibs said

    Nice to see all these ‘pati – stories’ documented. Have heard so many from my both my patis and my kollu-tata as well! Thanks for posting them.

  6. Krishnan B S said

    Dear Ammu Patti :
    Love all the stuff you have here. Please continue doing this great work for future.

    I am brief as I have a story of my patti to be told here of,
    “Kaareeyam thaan, Kaareeyam thaan.”

    I dont remember it well, hope you will and retell it to all. It is of a box filled with Lead (Eeyam)in a villager’s home.

    My patti used to laugh a lot at saying the Kareeyam thaan, kareeyam thaan, however I was not aware of Eeyam or lead at that age and could not enjoy it. However, when I found Karanamthaan, I could not control writing it.

    It was about a box which a villager held in great respect. Whenever anybody asked about what it contained, he used to reply, Kareeyam thaan, Kareeyam thaan. (Eeyam mean lead). I dont remember the story fully, but ultimately when the box was opened it was Eeyam and the villager said, “adhu dhaan naan chonnen, Eeyam thaan” meaning (thats what I said, it is Lead).

    I dont know if you can elaborate and write this fully. However, My Pranams to you.


  7. ammupatti said

    Hi Krishnan

    I am sure it must have been an interesting story.However, I have not heard of the story. Why don’t you ask your mother or father(whose mother told you this story) to elaborate on it. I would love to hear the story as well.


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