Friday, August 17, 2007
Jo's Baby: Update
Outside of Mega Serials, Thamizh women have had another major occupation for the past year or so. The obsession with Jyothika's pregnancy. This comes after Aishwarya Rajinikanths pregnancy saga and historians 5000 years from now will date it prior to Shalini's pregnancy story. Jo's 9-10 months was followed with utmost attention to detail. Wherever I went in India, almost every village I visited, I heard at least 1 conversation on Jyothika. Maamis, achis, Goundachis were all concerned if she would do her seemandham in xyz style or abc style. She was quoted several times as the perfect thamizh penn (he he) for having a baby before her first wedding day. Magazines were filled with reports on how many archanais, Sivakumar did for the baby and how 'emotionally touched' Jo became. And then a week before her actual delivery there was a fake sms that went screaming into every college kid's cell phone and told everybody that she actually had twins. This soon sent all the ladies into a technical discussion on whether her stomach looked big enough for two. This fake sms reminded me of the fake 'president/governor/PM died' news we got during board exams.
Finally she delivered a baby girl. Once the nagging issue of naming her baby is resolved, the world will be at peace again. The dosai will fall on the plates of Tamil Nadu men without a 30 minute lecture on Jo's morning sickness. This is until Shalini delivers a baby. Thamizh Naadu must be given an award for still managing to pump out maximum number of engineers/ year to India's work force despite all these wonderful distractions. I challenge Andhra to focus on Mahesh Babu's wife's pregnancy and still get the work done.
Edit: Although since she was born on Friday on 'Adi Puram', several people feel that she should have been named 'Rajalakshmi' or 'Kothai' or 'Aandal'. I am sure y'all agree that this is way more hep than 'Diya'.