I was not able to contact her. Decided to visit her near Pulau Carey where she lives with her husband and 9 children.
Me : Why didn’t answer my call ‘ka’? (sister in tamil)
She : I didn’t top up my phone. So sorry. And I am taking care of these 3 children ka. (While feeding a baby with milk bottle).
Me : Don’t tell me they are yours. (I joked)
She : Aiyo, no ‘ka’. I’m just babysitting for extra bucks. So can’t move anywhere now like before.
Me : How about your sales? Okay?
She : Moving ka. A bit slow because of the lockdown too. But I will come back!
Me : Understand. That’s why I like you Maruthayi. You are an Iron Lady. Stay as one. Do you need any other support for now? What do you want?
She : I know you and ‘anna’ (referring to Mr Gandhi from Vallalar Assoc) will guide my children with their education. Not worried about that. But I have a personal wish.
Me : What is it? (curiously I asked)
She : I love singing. I wished I could be a singer one day but I knew it would never materialise. Do you want to hear me singing?
Me : Pleaseeee….go ahead! And I will share it to the world.
She hugged me.
Sharing Maruthayi’s soulful singing.
Let’s not take life for granted.
To sing without soul is inexcusable.
Life is a song and let’s sing like Maruthayi!