Meenaviyal Americayil: Chapter 02: Room For Rent

Meenaviyal Americayil: Chapter 02: Room For Rent


Venu: Hi Girish, when did you wake up? I got up early, Venu chetta. Wanted to go to office, so left early. Girish: By the way, how is uncle now? Oh! That was just some gas problem. You know right, 2 pegs is his usual quota, all that trouble because he had more last night He got carried away with the Vegas talk and drank a lot You guys got him excited unnecessarily… and I was at the receiving end of all the scolding from aunty [Uncle’s wife] Venu: Ah, by the way, we should book tickets, right? Venu: Uthaman and Chandi are in a state of euphoria thinking about Vegas and Casinos Girish:That was all under the liquor effect. You can never trust Uthaman with anything he says… Are you working from home today? No Venu chetta. I have some work today. Need to show up at least. Also…Couple of people showed interest in the room rental advertisement I put in Sulekha. They are coming to see the house at 4:00PM So, I thought I will just quickly go to office and then go home… Girish:If you have no other plan, come home in the evening… Kala… where are my cuff links? I can’t find them… No, I can’t make it tonight, have a client meeting I’ll come over during the weekend. I will call anyway. Okay, see you… alright, okay then Why can’t you clean this bathroom? Nobody has cleaned since I did last month. Where is my watch? wherever you put it yesterday I can never find a thing in this house… What are you doing on the phone? Didn’t I tell you? Hilary is coming Which Hilary? Hilary Clinton Clinton? Do you even know which political party she is in? Why do I need to know all that? You know, she is coming to promote women empowerment. (sarcastically) Women empowerment? why the sarcasm? Women aren’t supposed to turn grey working in kitchen what’s the problem in turning grey? Look, I have grey beard… not grey (she messed up the word)… I meant, to suffer in the kitchen. suffer? In the kitchen? When did you last enter kitchen? Really Venu Etta? From tomorrow, just open your mouth and wait at the dining table food will come directly from the sky… don’t come crying to Kala…
[phone ringing]
Where is it? [in anger] ah Hello This is Sheena, are you busy? Hey I am not busy.. Venu Ettan is always like this. He needs me for everything and is always saying “Kala dear this, Kala dear that… “ Sheena: I just called to see how your trip to India was Oh yeah, when I went… [closes the door ]
When I went.. I bought 5 handbags from Kate Spade. Need to give something to servants, no? Then one Louis Vuitton handbag for mother in law. How could you give anything cheaper, right? what is all the noise there? Are you cooking? yes, yes, cooking… Oh, what’s the special? Hyderabad Dum Biriyani… Suresh chettan is like this… whats special there? I stopped cooking Indian food, Sheena. It smells a lot. Venu Chettan’s clients are all Americans. The other day Cliff was asking me what’s stinking here… it was so humiliating Also, Venu chettan doesn’t like me entering kitchen Also, Venu chettan doesn’t like me entering kitchen He always says “Kala dear, you take rest” You know him right? We order take out from different cuisines every day oh, you are so lucky today Mediterranean, tomorrow Afghan, day after Thai. venu Ettan is always like this Alright then, I will let you get on with your cooking. let me order the food okay then, you carry on with ordering take out. Bye… Dum biriyani…. Sardine…! Why are you guys here? Girish… We can’t talk here, let’s go inside… What is the problem? don’t feel bad when I say this… What kind of a person are you? Getting me all excited about going to Vegas… Its been two days since I slept, or brushed… I can’t even fix a bug, a bug! Wherever I look its Vegas…. Vegas, Vegas… did yo hear? did you hear? did you hear? Don’t play games with me We talked about Vegas just yesterday. Girish, don’t get hung up on that detail…
you don’t say a word… Chandichaya, at least you could have made him understand… Its not like that Gireesh… even I am getting a bit carried away with Vegas thought… isn’t it Uthama? yeah, yeah, that’s true. Tell me the truth, you came to make a fool of me, right? don’t say that… come, see here… This is the plan What is this? Snakes and Ladders? No, this is the strip! This is where I found the best rate I checked Priceline and Expedia. If we book today, we save $11.55 Actually, you are both insane, right? Your dad’s the one that is insane…. This is the hotel that I am talking about Look at the strip, see how close the hotel is to the strip? See how big the pool is? Where are you going to get such a nice deal? Wow pool! Lets do this man You book hotel or pool or whatever. I am ready… but please don’t come here again today with this stupid topic. I have a lot of work to finish And I have to leave at 3:00PM. There are 2 people coming home today evening to see the room for rent I dont have time. Just call Venu chettan and confirm the plans. Okay, I will call Venu chettan on my way. Okay, so we can book? yeah, book Okay, that’s good. Okay then, I need to go to the Gym too Hello… [pointing at Uthaman] please take this thing that you brought along… don’t leave it here Oh him? [To Uthaman] lets go I will come home in the evening. My mom has prepared Biriyani. I will bring some. You started going to Gym ? We are going to Vegas and we need to get into pool and all You need 6-pack and everything. hmmm… I have a pack, but guess need to work on it a bit more Girish… everything is good… Chandichaya, this is Sugunan. Came to see the house for rent. I’m KP Sugunan Uncle, what do you do? Uncle? Who’s uncle? Girish, this guy is not going to work out. Uncle, please don’t say that uncle, please bless me uncle Girish, no way, did you hear that? “Uncle” again Leave it Chandichaaya I am tired of eating Pongal and curd rice every day. He says he knows to cook. You know how to cook? Yeah I cook. Can you make papad? why not? How many do you want? Kerala Papad Tamilnadu Papad, Andhra Papad… which one do you want? in tasty coconut oil… This Sugunan will make them Then maybe we should consider him… right? Yeah, sure Thank you Chandichaaya okay. But before that, we talked about advance payment Everything is ready… Accept this with both hands… This is only $600. We agreed on $800 But chetta from today I need to do all the cooking too, right? Mutton, beef… Papad… Yeah, Chandichayan’s papad… I need to cook all that right? But still… Is this gas stove? Did you have tea? Chandichaya, you might need the tea without sugar, no? [door bell rings]

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