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Jaya, finished the murukkus? Yes, Amma. Athirasam and laddus too by 11.30 pm last night. Idly, chutney, vadai, kesari, coffee must be ready by 5.30 am. I started cooking at 3.30 am, so I will be done by then. Marumagalae, hope you had your bath before starting. Maapillai is very particular. I did at 3 am, Amma. Viji, what are you still doing in the kitchen? It’s prayer time! I am coming, Amma. Marumagalae, come quickly. The whole family must be there for the first pattasu! On the way, Amma. Enough watching the mathappu. Run and serve the breakfast now. Remember lunch must be ready by 11.30 am.
* The scene described is normal during a festival in India.
In India, gender disparity and discrimination still exist, especially in rural and northern areas. Nowhere is this more evident than during a festival.
The daughter-in-law (marumagal) is expected to work hard, while the son-in-law (maapillai) of the family is treated like a king.
Amma – mother, pattasu – fireworks, mathappu – sparklers (fireworks).
Murukku, Athirasam, Laddu – sweetmeats usually made at home during festivals.
Iddly – rice cake, vadai – fried lentil dough circles, chutney – accompaniment for the rice cake, kesari – sweet pudding, all breakfast items.