Aishwarya Rao
For those of you who think you know Parvathi...Thank you for loving her so much!
Kumar had telephoned the previous night and asked her for an unusual favor. "Will you meet me at The Fruit Shop tomorrow morning?", he had said with a lady-like hesitation in his voice. And for the first time in her life she wanted to refuse Kumar. "I suggest we meet in the evening. That way we can go to the beach" she retorted hoping that her best friend would get convinced by the sincereity in her voice. Afterall she was not yet prepared to break the news to him. How would he react to her story? Would he accept the idea of another man in her life? Would the three of them hang out in coffee shops together? Or would Kumar leave her life forever? A barrage of questions were haunting her while she waited for Kumar to suggest an alternate plan.

But Kumar was insistent. "No yaar. Why can't we meet as I suggested? What better plans do you have? Thatha and Avva are coming home by Lal Bagh. Amma has asked me to pick them up. And remember you owe me one. The last time you were upset about Prabhakar I heard you out patiently for an entire week. In fact I want you to spend only half an hour with me..." As Kumar went on and on with a list of reasons why she couldn't refuse him two thoughts came to her mind. Why was Kumar so insistent? And what would she tell Dev?

It was way past midnight and she had very little energy to argue with Kumar. Blasted son of a lawyer she thought to herself as she meekly agreed to his plans. She could always come up with something to tell Dev. A flat tyre or too much traffic near Nandanam signal. She was sure Dev would understand. Afterall he seemed to be the guy she wanted to spend the rest of her life with...
29th December 2002
12 Responses
  1. Surya Kannan Says:
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  2. Surya Kannan Says:

    Parvathy has come a long way,from building Toy Kitchen with Cheruba to handling Relationships in life. She has a strong Conviction and clear about her priorities in life.

    If Kumar was her best friend, he would have practiced affectionate detachment and given her the freedom of choice.

    Needless to say, he would have been aware of the four questions
    haunting her mind and made her job much easier by helping her to make decisions that matter at crucial junctures in life.

    He could have made that alternate plan, non-existent.Let Thatha and
    Avva come by Auto or Call Taxi.

    As far as I am concerned, no one owes anything to anyone. And
    especially when it comes to friendship,giving adds more beauty
    than expectation.

    Good decision in the end by Parvathy. Transition of this character is amazing!

    11:12 AM


  3. Now we have a Jhumpa in the family !!! Keep the story going !!


  4. Surya Kannan Says:

    Aye, aye Captain!


  5. @Surya - That was quite a nice character analysis...I hope you follow and enjoy the rest of her story!


  6. Surya Kannan Says:

    Character Analysis? Big Words...No.
    It was just a lengthy Opinion.


  7. Siladitya Says:

    Did Steve Harvey copy the book title Act Like A Lady Think Like A Man

    and theme from an earlier book?



    Book with same title & theme copyrighted and published by Sharon P. Carson in 2003





    CHICAGO, IL – Sharon P. Carson the author of the original title: Act Like A Lady –Think

    Like A Man, watched the February 27th episode of the Ophra show on which Steve Harvey was

    promoting his book of the same title. She was hoping that Steve would reveal to Oprah

    where he got the title and the theme for the book. It just seemed odd to her that his book

    had the same title and theme as her book that was copy written in 2003.



    Upon subsequently purchasing the book, she found some interesting parallels and realized

    that it is not unusual for a high profiled person to take a great title and theme, rewrite

    a book and use their celebrity status to sell it. This she says happens too often to the

    unsung poets, authors and entrepreneurs of the world.



    Steve wrote in his book that his hope was to “empower you with a wide-open look into the

    minds of men”. Sharon P. Carson wrote in her book in 2003 that her hope was for women to

    gain some insight into how men think in terms of relationships. Sharon also noted that in

    chapter 8 of Steve Harvey’s book titled “Why Men Cheat” he came to the same conclusion that

    she did in chapter 37 of her book, titled “Why would a man cheat”, and the answer was,

    “because they can”.



    Sharon actively promoted her book before the release in January 2009 of Steve Harvey’s

    book, and would not like to see her promotion efforts hindered. She feels that her book has

    much to offer from a woman’s perspective and seeks to empower women to practice self love

    and tough love in relationships.



    Before the publication of Steve Harvey’s book of the same title, Sharon bought the domain

    name: www.actlikealadythinklikeaman.com from which she has been selling her book. She has

    also held seminars with women at a Chicago University in promotion of her book, and can be

    viewed on the following youtube clip as she was being interviewed on a cable television

    program about her book in 2007 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxVVQX15X2Y.



    Mindful of all the self - published poets and authors who have a hard time finding

    publishers for their works, Sharon is currently consulting with attorneys regarding her

    options, and hopes that her book with the first and original title of Act Like A Lady Think

    Like A Man will finally receive the recognition it deserves for the wisdom, encouragement,

    and empowerment that it provides to women.


  8. Metal Says:

    Neat Blog, I loved the section on Books and Quotes..keep up the good work!


  9. Nandhu Says:

    arriving at ur blog after what feels like years. must be years too! are u still in chennai? wanna get in touch?
    could not find ur email...so here's mine. nandhu.sundaram@gmail.com. please dont tell me u dont even remember me anymore. do get in touch. i would like to meet up.


  10. Siladitya Says:

    read the whole story.
    Haiku Poems


  11. NIRMAL Says:

    Nice Start!!

    Looking forward for the next part?


  12. Surya Kannan Says:

    Iniya tamil puthandu nalvazhthukal.
    Wish you a very happy tamil new year! May this year be the fulfillment of all your dreams, hopes and aspiration!!

    Hey, the new look is so cool. And I see Superstar's influence in the profile pic. Good.