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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