The Most Beautiful Flower Seller I Have Ever Seen

A Few Handpicked Things in Life

Before reading the post, you might want to know these:
Paati – Grandmother in Tamil
Thatha – Grandfather in Tamil
Papa – In Tamil Nadu, people call younger ones Papa in an endearing way. It means Baby.
Muzham – A unit of measurement. Flowers are sold in muzhams. 1 muzham=the length between the fist and elbow. 

A few months back, I went to Palarivattom junction nearby to buy a flower garland. There are many flower sellers there and so I was on the lookout for the freshest flowers when I saw an old lady on the footpath.

She was very old. Too old not just for selling flowers, but for doing any work. I decided that I would buy it from her. Knowing that she was a Tamilian, I asked her in my broken Tamil.

“Hi Paati, how much does it cost?”

“Do you want it for Saami (God’s) photo?”

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One thought on “The Most Beautiful Flower Seller I Have Ever Seen

  1. Thank you for the translation of those words, in our language we call our little ones if they are daughters ma, and sons, abba. Ma means mother and abba means father. This is our way of showing affection.


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