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Meowdi: A Short Story by Perumal Murugan

A story written for 'Outlook'. Translated from the original in Tamil by Kavitha Muralidharan.

Meowdi: A Short Story by Perumal Murugan
Meowdi: A Short Story by Perumal Murugan Illustration by Saahil

The cat attracted their attention on a particularly empty day when they were running out of conversations. It was not the same cat that was roaming ins­ide the house and outside till now. It now app­eared like a new life washed in fresh light. It would turn its head and look, when called out as Meowdi. Fire shone in its eyes. The cat’s cries sounded like the music of a violin. Their eyes and ears were rejuvenated.  

Nobody had expected the Covid lockdown to draw out like this. Few days, a couple of weeks. One could stay back at home, take some rest and watch all movies left unwatched. Mangasuri was excited at the prospect of nurturing the plants on the terrace she had so lovingly bought; at the thought of having rel­axed conversations about things that she had alw­ays wanted to talk about. But it did not turn out that way.

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