About Parvati Amma
Was an interesting person who enjoyed the "Vaanaprastham". Never worried about any thing and never interfearing in the day to day activities of the family. Always idle, sit on a "Koranty" [a plank for sitting] on the extreme north end of the eastern veranda of Kattoor Villa with the toothless mouth full of "Pan" [Murukkan} and with extended legs. Can see all the activities in the front yard of the house. A careful observant, will makes comments on what is happening in front of her, supported by quatations from scriptures and "Neethisaram". If in case she feels we children do some mischief she will sing
" Thanthonni kattunnathenthae
Athu thanthedaem thalledaem kuttam" [ meaning, parents are responsible for the
misbehaviour of their children].
She had a rich store of such quatations which she will quote with a detached and indifferent mood at appropriate times. This is inspite of her scanty academic education.
She will engage the children and even the head master of Kuttivila school scratch her back. She, like her husband, never wore an upper garment,[ blouse or "Rowka" ] A "Randam Muntu" and "Pudava" were her dress. That was the common dress of the old ladies then in that part. If a stranger happend to see her eating she will release gas through her mouth [Eambakkam] and say that she had "Kothy". Then the "Panikkathy" [a lady belonging to the "Parangady" scheduled tribe] will be summond and "Kothikkothal" will be done by her. Suddenly she becomes normal.
Her best friend was her only son.
She was diabetic and died in her sixties. Never made any restrictions on diet and never bothered to take medicines. An enviable care free life.