Advertisement

HindustanTimes Sun,13 Jul 2014

Archives

MT Vasudevan Nair: The Master Carpenter
Mishty Varma
New Delhi, January 25, 2006
First Published: 01:23 IST(26/1/2006)
Last Updated: 15:55 IST(30/1/2006)

The Master Carpenter

by MT Vasudevan Nair

Paperback

Katha

Price: Rs. 200

ISBN: 818902023-4

 

Bhargavi Thamburatti’s room, inside the house. Thamburatti has just finished her bath and is applying kohl to her eyes. She hears loud laughter outside and listens attentively. She is between thirty and thirty five years old. When she comes out, Mani Embrandiri, who is in charge of the kovilakam kitchen, is arranging milk and snacks on a low stool in the outer room. He is fifty five.

 

Mani Embrandiri: (with an air of protest) Imagine, they’re seated side by side! He’s talking away, one leg crossed over the other. They’re in the room on the side of the gatehouse.

 

Thamburatti: Who?

 

Mani: When they asked me to bring milk and snacks, I, Embrandiri thought they were for a Thamburan or a namboodiri. Do you know who it is? A carpenter! Just because they studied Sanskrit together, doesn’t his caste matter/

 

A laugh is heard again, outside.

 

_______________________________________________________________

Embrandiri is a Kerala Brahmin, like a namboodiri, but whose family is originally from Karnataka.


Advertisement
Copyright © 2014 HT Media Limited. All Rights Reserved