Here’s a detailed account of the episodes…
Act I Scene I – Thursday last week:
Amma: Pattu, if you don’t want a hair cut, you should wear a band, otherwise hair will fall on your face
Pattu: No amma, I’ll have a headache if I wear a band
Amma: Then let’s cut your hair
Amma: Then, what do you want to do?
Pattu: After some serious thought, ‘I’ll get mottai done like appa…’ after some more consideration, ‘Amma, you also get mottai done like appa…’
Act I Scene II – Fiday Last week
Amma: Hey, Pattu’s going for a haircut on Sunday! (Amma’s trick to make it sound like some treat that she’s been looking forward to!)
Pattu: No amma, scissors will be sharp… I’m a small girl, it’ll hurt
Amma: ( tasting a dose of her own medicine!) Then wear a band
Act I Scene III – Saturday
A Firm Amma: Pattu – you have to decide – haircut or band!
Pattu: (Cornered): I’ll wear band (Lesser evil)
Amma: (wanting to confirm claims) ok, wear this now (and forces it on Pattu)
Pattu: (without choice accepts and tries to look happy)
Amma checks after 5 mins – band nowhere on pattu’s head.
Decision: Pattu will have a haircut
Act II Scene I – Sunday Morning
Amma: Hey, Pattu’s going for a haircut!
Pattu: Will it hurt amma
Amma: No kanna… we’ll have a nice aunty cut it for you this time
Pattu: She’ll have soft scissors
Pattu: Ok..(Worried but trying to accept)
Act II Scene II – Sunday Noon
Amma fixes appointment
Pattu: (realising there’s no way out) Where are we going
Amma: To the beauty parlour
Pattu: Aunty will cut?
Pattu: (turns to Paati and says) It won’t hurt Paati, aunty will have soft scissors..
Act II Scene III – At the Parlour
Aunty wasn’t free so, we had an uncle! Well, uncle was quite friendly and we liked the revolving chair. Started peacefully…somehere when the scissors got closer, panic attacked and amidst screams, we cajoled, threatened, begged and pleaded and bribed (with chocolate) to finally get it over. What started as a mushroom cut ended up looking like an army cut! Whatever…no more managing hair for next two months! I’m a bit disappointed – a mushroom cut would have looked nicer.
Act III Scene I: After the haircut – At the Parlour
After shaking the parlour with her screams, Pattu licks her chocolate peacefully and casually waves everyone a nice friendly goodbye…as though nothing happened. The whole parlour turned around to say bye to her…a bit relieved I suppose.
Act IV Scene I: At Bedtime
Almost dozing off after bedtime routine … suddenly
Amma: (Confused) What happened!
Pattu: I want my hair ..waaahhh…I want my hair….
Amma: (even more confused) ok…. I’ll go to the parlour tomorrow and get it back…we’ll stick it back on your head…