My friend and i have literally faces which can’t even force a baby to eat and yet we were there. :gulp:
I already knew that with her #Karaikkal tamil and my #Eelam tamil, they would obviously guess we are not from there once we talk.
So we said we are looking for our #Uber because he couldn’t find us despite calling him more than 5 times and giving the location.
That Don, not so #Don , in pure white #veshti surrounded by 10 men younger than him in jeans and first buttons open and collar open said “ye Ma phone a tha, naa pesuren” (Give me the phone, I will speak). My mind voice while looking at my friend was it is fine if I loose the phone everything is saved on my #Cloud , we need to get out of there.
She was literally taking pictures.
That Don not so Don sir to whom I handover my phone, started speaking to the @uber_india driver and said “inna sir, innum kaanam ungala? Amaaa appadiye straight’a vanga apram left edungo”
It was humid and I was already sweating at his voice.
He then cleaned the phone and handed it over to me. :Oh Muruga, Jesus, Allaah:
He then asked us to wait on the side. My paranoid mind was looking at my friend like “how did we end up here?”. Plain silence until our Uber arrives. We didn’t even dare to move from there and were literally looking at the cow eating grass in the dirt.
Our Uber arrived, the Don not so Don stood up from his Chair (it was a Don Chair), we got in the car and I finally smiled and said as a good eela tamil : “poyththu vaaren” (literally I will go and come back). He took his two hands, smiled and greeted us “vanga”. The Don not so Don leant down to the driver அண்ணா and said “paaththu” (be careful/watch out). Usually talktative, (all driver அண்ணா, auto அண்ணா are talktative), this driver didn’t say a word until we reached #Ramapuram .
Until today, i keep thinking who was this Don not so Don அண்ணா (he was more like an uncle age but அண்ணா because you know) who was surrounded by ten men and cared for two women who never came to this side of Chennai, those slums. And maybe this is why they say #Chennai is the safest city of India. #pallavaram#vadachennai (2/2)