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.
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
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)
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