Yennanga (“Hey you!”)
P.R.Ramachander (ofcourse I have changed it a bit.Hope author would excuse)
IN India till recently no wife used to address her husband by his name believing that her husband’s life span would come down .There were many methods that they used to adopt
1. One popular method was the wife would say “Listen Oy” , “aji Suniye “ , “idha ingottu onnu nokku” , “Yei” , Yennanga “ etc
2. They call them by some respectful relation “Mama”, “Athan” , “chetta.” Etc
3. Use single words “Aji”, Oji” , “aajee” “saare” “aap” , “tumhi” etc
This is only just a sample . I am giving translation of tamil write up written by my face book friend Neyveli Murali He says that the simple “yennanga? (what sir?) “ uttered by a wife has hundreds of connotations, which only her husband can understand . Translation of that write up in English gave me a great joy .But instead of “what sir” I preferred to use “Hey you” so that it becomes more funny. May be the tone and style by which she says it , would also alter the meaning . Let us travel a bit in the king dom of “Yennanga”
Suppose she says “hey you “ from bath room,
It means she is calling t you to hit a cockroach or lizard,
Suppose She says “hey you “ in the hotel,
It means pay the bill, let us go,
If when you are talking with some one with folded hands ,
Outside your home, if she says “hey you” it means do not fold hands,
If you are both attending a marriage function .
And sge says “hey you” , it means she wants totell me , one of my friend has come,
If we says “hey you “ in the cloth shop, it means,
That she has located the sari she likes,
When we are travelling in our car, if she says,
“Hey you”, it means she has located a flower shop on the way,
When we go to to the dispensary and she says ,
“Hey you” it indicates she isasking what to tell the doctor
If she says “Hey you” when she is looking outside our home,
It means that a stranger has come to our home,
If she stands near our Bureau and says , “hey you”,
It would indicate that I would be losing money soon.
If she has kept items of meals on the dining table,
And says strongly “Hey you” , it means she is asking,
“Are you coming to take your food , or shall I break your laptop.
Of course there are many “hey you” they are more private.