I have had my crotchety moments. Especially this past
weekend when I , having introduced the topic, have fallen behind Friday schedule. You see I was on a marathon—writing over 7000 words—10 articles about my state Tamil Nadu for a travel magazine—and I had to do it in 3 days….and at the same time having to fine tuning details and arrangements for our big festival Diwali that is on 26th—day after tomorrow…. hmmmm…enough reason to get crotchety, contentious and crabby at

  • My husband for making political comments and
    reading bits and pieces from the newspaper when I am trying to navigate my way
    between waterfalls, sanctuaries and culture, arts and crafts.
  • The couriers who land up with all kinds of
    invitations and announcements for sales, exhibitions and fairs and insist that I have to enter my phone number after signing for the said junk mail………grrrr!
  • My vegetable seller who has been bringing the
    same veggies everyday and frankly I am getting tired of eating the said veggies…she chooses the exact moment when I am searching for desperate info about
    distances, topography and nearest air, rail connections to places.
  • My fruit seller who is a past hand at raising my crotchety level by a few ratchets!
  • My cook who has suddenly decided to spice my life with an extra dose of pungency and the Lord and master has developed acidity and ulcers in the mouth (BTW he is worse than a baby—can’t tolerate any spice).
  • Trickles of visitors who are dropping in to say ‘Happy
    Diwali’ and I have to entertain them.
  • Last minute shopping, making sweets and savouries and sending bits and pieces of fillers for the magazine.
  • Other regular editors who have upped the regular
    deadlines suddenly and want my monthly articles—yes you guessed it ‘yesterday’.
  • Being unable to chat with Grannymar on Skype as
    she comes on when my TV is blasting out the latest news about Gaddafi, missing helicopters that have strayed into enemy territory, inane movie news and earthquakes and anti Wall Street demos that has become viral.
  • PS By the time I posted this blog…I managed to have a chat with Grannymar and remnants of my crotchetiness has disappeared completely.

I have now caught up with all my work…bar few…and am feeling
genial and garrulous enough to post my entry. Now all that is left is to drop in on other people’s timely blogs, comment on their insights into crotchetiness while I blush with guilt at my own tardiness.

A thousand apologies and wishing all my friends and family
an enlightened and joyous Diwali.


Welcome to the Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where Akanksha, Anu, Ashok, Conrad, DeliriousGaelikaa,  GrannymarMagpie11,  Nema, Noor, Ordinary Joe, Paul, Maria the Silver Fox, Rummuser , Will Knott, and I write on the same topic. Please do visit the linked blogs to get seventeen different flavours of the same topic.

About padmum

You could call me Dame Quixote! I tilt at windmills. I have an opinion on most matters. What I don't have, my husband Raju has in plenty. Writer and story teller, columnist and contributer of articles, blogs, poems, travelogues and essays to Chennai newspapers, national magazines and websites, I review and edit books for publishers and have specialized as a Culinary Editor and contributed content, edited and collaborated on Cookbooks. My other major interest used to be acting on Tamil and English stage, Indian cinema and TV. I am a wordsmith, a voracious reader, crossword buff and write about India's heritage, culture and traditions. I am interested in Vedanta nowadays. I am now an Armchair traveller/opinionator/busybody!
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5 Responses to CROTCHETY

  1. Rummuser says:

    I would have thought that it was a perfectly normal week end for you! Grannymar does have that knack of putting one back on one’s equilibrium doesn’t she? No wonder that she acquired that sobriquet when still very young.


    • padmum says:

      Huh! I want time off! Reading a book about Humayun–gripping and hate having to do mundane stuff when there are battles, love scenes and court intrigues to live through.


  2. Grannymar says:

    Grannymar has had a busy morning. Out in the car twice. Then travelling to living rooms in Chennai & Sydney, followed by two family visits in Dublin, all thanks to Skype! I think I better get on and do some work now. 😉
    Thank you, Padmini, for the good wishes and may I wish you and all the family a joyous Diwali.


  3. padmum says:

    Thank you Grannymar! What would we do without ‘Kype as madhura calls it–she can’t get her ‘s’ as yet.


  4. Delirious says:

    Sounds like your “crotchety” attitude was well deserved! happy Diwali to you!


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