The ordeals in Social service
When you address any person in English you call him by the term ‘You’.But Malayalam gives you many graded terms like, Nie,Edo,taan, ninghal,anghu,taangal etc.
A few years back while I was active in community service I had the services of an old person in the community.One day he handled a particular job in an irresponsible manner that led to much criticisms.As I was responsible for the day today activities I told him softly to be more cautious in future.” Anghu kurekoodi sraddhayode kaaryangal cheyyanam.Angekku ithu saaddhyamallengil parayanam .Njangalkku vere maargam nokkanam”.
Some of his relatives decided to use this as a weapon against me.They compelled him for days together to present this incident in an exaggerated manner.Though the old man was reluctant to speak a lie he was pressurized by the gang to obey them.At the next meeting of the community they raised the allegation that I had ill treated a nonagenarian soul .I asked him in what way I had done so.He kept silent for some time while the gang forced him to stand up and say the “TRUTH “ without fearing me.Finally he gave the text of my request to him.”Edo thanikku ee pani pattillengil than irangi podo.Thanikku pakaram njangal vere aaline vacholaam.”( something which I can /will /
never use towards any body )
I never had any doubt as to what should be the next step.I declined to accept the requests of the people to continue in the post.