நித்திரையின் நிந்தனை

யார் அந்தப் பெண் என்று தெரியவில்லை. அவளோடு நல்ல பழக்கம் உள்ளது போல கடைத்தெருவில் பேசிக்கொண்டே வருகிறேன். நாங்கள் இருவரும் திருநல்வேலியில் என்ன செய்து கொண்டிருக்கிறோம் என்றும் தெரியவில்லை. சில நிமிட நடைக்குப் பிறகு அந்த இடம் வந்து விட்டது. உள்ளே இருந்து ஒரு குரல்,"உள்ள வாங்க தம்பி"
நான்: "இல்ல, பரவால்ல, லேட் ஆச்சு. போலாமா?"

சூழ்நிலை சற்று தெளிவாகியது. உள்ளே இருந்த ஆள் வீடுத்தரகர். எங்களுக்கு வாடகைக்கு சில வீடுகளைக் காட்டப்போகிறார்.
ஏதோ ஒரு வாகனத்தில் சிறிதுநேரப் பயணம். முதல் வீடு. ஒவ்வொரு அறையையும் நோட்டமிடுகிறோம். தரகிரடம் ஏதோ பேசுகிறேன். ஒரு கேள்வி மட்டும் நினைவில் உள்ளது; காரணம் அவர் கூறிய பதில்.

நான்: "வீடு மார்கெட்டுக்கு பக்கம் போல?"
தரகர்: "ஆமா தம்பி. ஆம்பளைக்கு அஞ்சு சந்து, பொம்பளைக்கு எட்டுச் சந்து" என்று சொல்லிச் சிரித்தார்.

உறக்கத்தின் அடைப்பில் சிக்கிய என் ஆழ்மனது, குழம்பிக், குலுக்கி போட்ட குப்பைகளில், நினைவில் இருக்கும் இக்கனவின் கடைசி வரி போன்று வேறெதுவும் என்னை பாதித்ததில்லை.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

That was deep! are you sure it was your dream?

Sudhir said...

My ignorance aside, what's that line supposed to mean?

Suresh said...

Anon- yes, it was in my dream.

Sudhir - The literal meaning is that, the place is closer for men and farther for women. Because, men can walk through mean streets that are not safe enough for women. So when he mentions the distance he says, "5 streets for men and 8 for women."

Metaphorically, it refers to gender inequality etc.

Sudhir said...

Ah, thought as much. Just wondered if the '8 streets for women' referred to the more options available for a woman if she were prepared to not take much heed of morality. You know, the same way many women with 'loose morals' become politicians.
But, yeah.

தமிழ் தோழி said...

உங்கள் நித்திரையின் நிந்தனை படித்தேன். நல்ல பதிவு. உங்க வார்த்தை சேர்ப்பு நல்லா இருந்தது.
உங்கள் பதிவை தமிழிலும் எழுதுங்கள். உங்களுடைய podcasts நான் கேட்டு இருக்கேன். உங்களுடைய பேச்சும் அருமை. உங்களுடைய கருத்துக்கள் எனக்கு ரொம்ப பிடிக்கும்.
சமையல் வீடியோ எதுவும் போடலையா. podcastம் போடலையா.
நான் எதிர் பார்த்துட்டு இருக்கேன்.

Sudhir said...

India (ominously): We know. We definitely know. We know for sure. It's Pakistan's way of slowing our economic progress. We will get back at them.
Pakistan: Oh, India's muslims, you knoww... They are a neglected lot. Hindus trample upon them all the time. It's little wonder then that they decided to retaliate.
US: For fuck's sake, get your acts together. Come on, let's nail Iraq. We clearly know they're responsible.
UK (looking at US): Oh, if you say so.

Sudhir said...

Wow, the US-Iraq subject keeps coming out all the time.

Anonymous said...

Suresh,
waiting for a post from you, linking the mumbai terror attack to Brahmins, sorry Brahminism...

Suresh said...

தோழி,

நன்றி.

Anon,

I applaud your attempt at sarcasm, but the link is probably not as ridiculous as you thought (when you left your comment).

Lot of people have blamed Advani's politics -- especially his 'rath yaathras' that lead to the demolition of the Babri Masjid -- as the instigator of domestic Islamic terrorism (from where it took a strong action-reaction dynamic). And Advani, as you probably know, is a Brahmin.

Anonymous said...

Wow, You really Do tie everything to Brahmins and not even Brahminism anymore! But this generalization of yours that Advani instigated Muslim terrorism, is no way true.. Just google around to find lots of related stuff, if you seriously want to know...

Watch this and probably you would tie this also to Brahmins.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gs24KykIGz0

Suresh said...

Anon,

I didn't even say anything about the blasts (never have). You tried to be a smart ass and I returned the favour.

Personally, I don't have any soft corner for Muslims and I've expressed it quite clearly elsewhere. I don't have any more interest in engaging in this useless exchange and I'm not letting this space get any more irrelevant to the actual post.

Ganesh said...

>And Advani, as you probably know, is a Brahmin.
WRONG! Though I don't necessarily disagree with your line of argument, this is PLAIN WRONG. Another surprising slip-up from you after Bharatiraja :(

Suresh said...

Yes, I stand corrected.

It's Vajpayee who's a Brahmin. I knew Advani is an upper caste Sindhi. Some google results says he's Baniya. Not sure.

Sudhir said...

Maybe that's the point Pakistan tried to make, when they said that the dissatisfied Muslims in India caused the terror attack.

Suresh said...

Sudhir,

I would really appreciate if we took this discussion to a relevant post (even though there's probably none yet).

Sudhir said...

Oh, couldn't help rambling, even though I knew Nidhdhirayin Nindhanai had nothing in connection to it. Sorry about that.

Suresh said...

No, don't worry. It's not that the comment was not related to the post. It's not happening for the first time. I'm actually ok with that.

It's the topic that I don't want to get into; at least at the moment.

மித்ரா குட்டி said...

Suresh..when is your next podcast?..it has been a very long time since you posted one....expecting your views regarding many issues going on...

Anonymous said...

I'm also waiting for Suresh's next podcast.

Anonymous said...

waiting for ur podcast on vaaranam aayiram and poo movie

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