….says Pattu when I slip in some English words into our conversations in ‘Hindi’. Here’s a glimpse of Pattu brand of Hindi
As though homework is not painful enough, Pattu insists that we have our homework interactions only in Hindi! So, here we go – me in my broken Hindi and Pattu in her brand of flawless, pure, fluent Hindi:
Amma: Pehle pencil theek se pakdo
Pattu: Barke pencil pakdo karo ke
Amma: Box ke andar likho
Pattu: Karke deko arke box lene ki
Amma: Forgetting Hindi in frustration… You have to write in this box Pattu, not there
Pattu: Darka tum ne friend ke scold karo ke ni barke ni ‘pechi kaa’ karo ke ni. Karo ke tum? (‘Pechi Ka’ is ‘will not talk to you’ in Tamil)
Amma: Theek hai, sorry, tum abhi homework khatam karo
Pattu: Paar ke deko ni tum box kene five kare
Amma: Pattuuu… yahaan, small letters ..
Pattu: Hindi mein labo! ‘Small’ Hindi ki? Hindi mein labo! Darka?
Amma: ***Giving up. In splits!
Apparam yeppadiyo labo labonnu homework oru vazhiya mudichom!
(Finally we finshed homework ‘labo-ing’ in Hindi)
School reopening was delayed for CBSE schools and soon after that we went back to holiday mood in Chennai owing to the Tamizh Maanadu. Just when the school routine was setting in, there’s the bandh today! Here are some school updates…
1st day of school: We heard that Pattu insisted on sitting in her previous teacher’s class (previous teacher has been promoted to class I). She walked out of her class and sat in Class I saying, “This is my teacher, I’ll sit here only”. And a few others followed her. It took a few teachers, ayahs and other staff a good one hour to get her to accept her new teacher, it looks like.
Reality Strikes: It has been three weeks now and we are already getting home work! I avoided my homework very well, but looks like I can’t do that with Pattu’s.
…was last weekend at Pattu’s school. Her second time on stage. The first time was a few seconds of, ‘why have you put me here’ followed by few more seconds of howling after all the decking up and waiting.
This time, luckily there was no major decking up (they made sure that the kids don’t wear anything remotely uncomfortable) and they didn’t make the KGs wait too long. The chief guests were sensible enough to make short speeches and the sound system for a change was well managed. Usually the sound managers make sure that it is loud enough for the Martians to hear. So Pattu was in a good mood and smiled through the song and even shook her arms and hips to the tune! Quite a leap from last time. She got a certificate, a trophy and some gifts and you can imagine the excitement…
We’ve got a whole new set of stories last week:
The Little Engine That Could – The Big Chase: Pattu Rating: 4 Stars
The blue engine that has a never say die attitude goes all out to rescue its best friend the toy clown who accidentally goes on the wrong train… a nice story of trust and friendship.
The Smartest Giant in Town – Pattu Rating: 4.7 Stars
George is a very cute and adorable giant. But he is scruffy. He decides to shake off this image and get smart only to donate all his smart outfits one by one to the animals that need help. There are some rhymes interspersed in the story and I made up a tune. Pattu has been humming that the last few days and I haven’t stopped grinning 😀
Angelina and the Butterfly – Pattu Rating: 4 Stars
Being trapped is an awful feeling – that’s what Angelina figures out when she falls into a pit. And that makes her set her favourite pet, Arthur the butterfly, free despite feeling miserable about not having him around…
Mrs Armitage: Queen of the Road – Pattu Rating: 4.3 Stars
The madcap Mrs Armitage’s adventures on the road and how her car comes apart with nothing left but the wheels and the steering! There are some nice sound effects every time she bumpps and screeches and klunks and krrrruuunncches….. we added some more sound effects to it and Pattu found it hilarious!
Mallipoo, Where are you? – Pattu Rating: 4 Stars
Paytu Pig goes for a stroll with her friends Amma elephant and Hutoxy the horse leaving Anna and Akka elephants to babysit her piglets. Anna and Akka get busy playing thinking that the piglets are fast asleep but to their horror, they find the piglets gone. They find all of them somehow but Mallipoosundari, the tiniest piglet is still missing….
Yesterday, I didn’t go to office – just like that..didn’t feel like going to work. It was a cloudy, rainy day and just wanted to laze around. Most of all, I just felt the urge to be with Pattu.
I saw her walking to school with her raincoat on ( the latest fascination – thatha’s contribution. She wears it even when there’s no rain) and busy chatting with Paati… I looked on from my kitchen window – she looked like a tiny bubbly bundle bouncing all the way to school. Suddenly, I missed holding her little fingers, the animated discussions on the way to school, her little friends, some new discoveries on the way (we discover things like, the cows don’t use potty and that the beak is the bird’s mouth and not its nose)…etc. That must have been the real trigger, though I quote the rains and the clouds.
So, I worked from home and went to pick her up after school – she didn’t expect me, so she was beaming with surprise when she saw me at the gate. Both of us must have looked really silly grinning like that…
So, after some, ‘you came to pick me up today’ ‘you didn’t go to office’ ‘is it a holiday for you’ , we discussed what she did at school, her friends, her teacher, new kids who cried and so on. I was surprised because, she rarely talks about school when I ask her – I got to know much more about school and friends in the 10 mins we spent walking back than the whole term put together. Guess there’s a time and mood for everything. My heart sank when I thought about how much I am missing by not being there with her at the right moment! Ah, the choices we have to make in life!
We passed by the park and Pattu wanted to play. I indulged her, not because I felt guilty, but because we were both so happy. A break in routine is so refreshing – I enjoyed it as a child (I do enjoy it even now). So, some more unexpected fun and we were back home for lunch. How I wish I could do this at least once a week – if only organizations didn’t mind a ‘Work from home Fridays’ policy for women employees!