Sachita of My Catharsis has asked me to recount my earliest memory. I thought long and hard. I am not sure which of these actually happened and which are just figments of imagination based on hearsay from my mom and dad. Anyways what I mention below actually happened and might as well pass for my earliest memory without aid from my mom 🙂
I must have been either three or four. My mom can correct me when she reads this. I was seated in one of the two thinnais (concrete ledges set against the wall) that framed the front entrance to our home in Saibaba Colony in Coimbatore. I remember sitting with my legs outstretched since I was leaning back and there was not enough of me to bend and hang over the ledge. My bro was holding the veyli (steel wire fence that was not barbed) and looking at the road. I remember calling out to him and saying “Odi va. Odi va..”. Unlike the smart ass he is now, he actually did respond to my call and ran to me. Remember I was little and he was even smaller. Must have been around one and half. He was just the height of the thinnai and in his eagerness to come rushing he ran hard and banged his forehead on the thinnai. Right in front of me. I remember screaming. I remember my mom, my granddad and my dad I think. After that things get blurry. I remember a lot of blood. I remember appa rushing with him over the shoulder, his shirt bloody. They all came back a few hours later. My bro had his head bandaged. I remember getting yelled at. For the longest time, I would look at the scar on his forehead and feel very sorry for him. I think he still has the scar.
Thanks Sachita for “tagging” me. It was fun thinking of and putting it down in words. Of course, I would love to hear from the following people about their earliest memory.
Akay, Madhuram, UL, Bavani, Spillay, Suman, Rads, Mads, Arch Ravi, Anila, Apar, AparnaSTrichy, Abinaya, SmallTalk, Just Someone, Deepa Palat, Anamika, Mitr, Rekha, Usha, Nita, Roop, SIG, Madhu Sirisha, SK, Rupa, Srividya, Aarathi and Manchus.
And of course anyone else who wants to take this up and have fun with it.