A Poem – Minutes of a Nair Community Meeting

One of my best friends, who has been working positively to do something good for the Nair community for long time, sent me this poem. This poem clearly depitcs what he feels about it. He is known to me for more than 2 years. I also have been extending my support for the activities, including monthly e-Newsletter and a website for the Nair community. Check the website if interested in knowing more about the Nair community of Kerala.

Nair Meeting

So it was decided that there be a meeting

And there was a meeting.

Kunchan Nair was to organize,

So it was decided.

He fixed a date,

Mandan Nair Sumbhan Nair and

Kelan Nair said no, have marriages

To attend, Pottan Nair

Said that it is Rahukalam in the morning

Let us have another day.

Every other day was tried

But failed. No free day for the Nairs.

Kunchan Nair fixed it.

And they all said Kunchan Nair

Was being a monarch.

On the day of the meeting

They said they were not invited

They were waiting for the call

But they will never call back.

Except when they need a small loan,

Some help some where.

But one by one they came,

The very busy Nairs.

Mandan Nair waited at a

Distance and came in late

By half an hour, he is a

Busy person he said, no time.

Sumbhan Nair came one hour late

Said he had work to do, still he came.

Everyone said that they are

Doing a service, by coming.

Soon they were all in.

The meeting began, Mandan Nair

Sumbhan Nair and Pottan Nair

Wanted to chair the meeting

They moved to the only chair

But Vankan Nair took it by force.

We should go south, said Sumbhan Nair

No we should go North, said

Mandan Nair, East, said another

West, yet another and they fought.

No south and north, everyone is now

Going up, or down, let us too do that,

Said Ponnan Nair, no one heard that.

You don’t teach me, said Mandan Nair

To Sumbhan Nair, and got up.

And Vankan Nair agreed,

Don’t teach us, they all yelled.

We have seen the world, we know.

Order order, said Kunchan Nair

You shut up, said the others.

Tea and Parippu Vada came in.

‘Halla pinne..’ they sat down.

Next item on the agenda,

Said Kunchan Nair,

Is the Drinking Water Shortage.

Well, easy, let us have a dam,

Said Mandan Nair,

No let us make a river, said Ponnan Nair

Make the river flow up,

I have seen it done, said yet another.

There is an announcement,

Said Kunchan Nair

Before we part let us pay the

Annual memberships,

That we can pay the hall rent,

For the tea and parippu vada.

Sumbhan Nair left in a hurry

He had to go to a hospital,

Mandan Nair had a stomach

Problem and had to go.

It has become chronic these days,

He came and gave a long version.

One by one they all vanished and

Before leaving they advised

Go South, North or East

As you wish, but we have to leave.

Kunchan Nair was left alone,

Tea shop owner and hall owner in toe.

But coming out they told the

Others, we are not being consulted

We cannot accept this autocratic

Way of functioning.

Call a meeting immediately.

(With apologies to the noble species)