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Rhyme away


Here’s my bit for the Tulika Blogathon – Not sure if I’m on time…but nevertheless..

The story is  – The housefly (called Eee in Tamil) is suffering memory loss a la Ghajini ;). So she goes around asking everything and everyone… the pun here is that the fly’s name is the simplest to remember (Eee) but she forgets that and remembers every other name in the world… she starts with the calf… and ends with the horse…but does she finally remember the name?

PS: I’ve corrected the first line after MIL pointed out a mistake.

Kozhu kozhu kanne chubby chubby calf
kannin thaaye  the calf’s mother
kannu meikkira ayaan  the cowherd who grazes the cattle
ayaan kai kole The stick in the cowherd’s hand
kola valartha kodimarame  the tree that gave the stick
kodimarathil irukkum kokke the crane that is perched on the tree
Kokku nikkum kulame the in which the crane stands
kulathil irukkum meene the fish in the pond
meen pidikkum valaya the fisherman who is catching the fish
valayan kai chatti the pot in the hand of the fisherman
chatti munayum kosava the potter who made the pot
kosavan kai manne the clay in the hands of the potter
mannail irukkum pulle the grass that grows on the clay (means the ground here)
pullai thingum kudiraai the horse who eats the grass
en peru enna? what is my name?
  And the horse neighs
Hhhee ..Eeeeeee

And that’s how the fly remembers its name!! I like the way one thing leads to the other so logically. B Athai Paati used to say this to Pattu when she was 9 months old and when she was barely 10 months she used to finish every line and by 12 months she said the whole thing all by herself! And she used to wait with bated breath for us to say ‘eeeee’ 😀

This one was alos Pattu’s favourite and she used to do it with actions.

Aanai Aanai Elephant Elephant
Azhagar Aanai Azhagar’s (Lord Krishna) Elephant
Arasanum Arasiyum yerum Aanai Elephant on whom the king and the Queen ride
Kovilai kandaal kumbidum Aanai Elephant that prays/ bows when he sees a temple
kattikkarumbai murikkum Aanai Elephant that twists the sugarcane
kaaveri aatrai kalakkum aanai Elephant that churns the kaaveri river
kutti aanaikku kombu molachudaam little Elephant has grown a tusk
pattanamella paakkavarum People of the city, please come and see…

Many a morsel have been successfully fed, thanks to these 🙂

Another favourite of mine is Biscuit Biscuit, Nila Nila and Kaiveesamma , and the kuruvi kadai go over to Hema’s for a more detailed account.

To add to Hema’s rich list is, ‘kola kolaya mundirikka naraya naraya suthi vaa’ – this is the desi version of ‘I sent a letter to my father …postman came and picked it up and put it in my pocket’ game.
And one more …

Oru kodam thanni oothi oru poo poothadu (We watered the plant with one pot of water and the plant gave one flower) and it goes on and on like that. it is a game and it ends when all the players have been counted…

Last one… eh promise pa.. this is a malayalam rhyme

Kaake kaake koodevide Crow crow where’s your nest?
Kootinakathoru kunjunde There’s a little one in the nest
Kunjinu theetta kodukkaanjal If you don’t give food to the little one
Kunju kidannu karanjyeedum The little one will cry
Kaake kaake nee tharumo Crow crow, will you give?
Ninnude kayyile neiyappamThe neiyappam (It is a sweet made of rice flour and jaggery) in your hand?
Illa tharilla neiyappam No I will not give Neiyappam
Ayyo Kaake Pattiche Oh crow you fooled me!

 Edited to add two more.
Each of the Tamil alphabets are represented in every line of this rhyme

amma inge vaa vaa   
aasai mutham thaa thaa 
ilaiyil choru potu 
eeyai thoora otu   
unnai pondra nallaar  
ooril yaavar ullaar   
ennaal unakku thollai 
ethum inge illai
aiyam indri solluven  

ottrumaye balamaam
oodum seyale nalamaam
avvai sonna mozhiyaam
ahde enakku vazhiyaam

This one is about the sweet mangoes..

Maambazhamaam Maambazham
Malgova Maambazham
Selathu Maambazham
Thithikkum Maambazham
Azhagana Maambazham

Alva pondra Maambazham
Ungalukkum vendumaa?
Ingu oodi vaarungal
Pangu pottu thinnalaam

This is about Dosai – the making of it and the eating of it and some math adding up to 10.

Dosai amma dosai 
amma vaartha dosai
arisi maavum ulundu maavum arachu vaartha dosai
appavukku naalu
ammavukku moonu
annanukku rendu
thangaikku onnu
aaga motham pathu
thinna thinna aasai
innum kettaaa poosai

This one is more like Rock-a-by baby

Saanjaadamma saanjaadu
Thanga kodame saanjaadu
velli vilakke saanjaadu

Mayile mayile
vannakkiliye saanjaadu

Inikkum thene saanjaadu

…. and this goes on, I used to add my own verses like

Pattu kutty saanjaadu
Chutti kutty saanjaadu
chamathu kutty saanjaadu
vaalu kutty saanjaadu

etc etc…


Bubbles and a colourful 100!


This is my 100th post – Yay!

Shruti guessed it! Our bubble wrap block print for the Artsy Craftsy June is here:

Cut out bubble wrap in desired shapes and print. Make sure the air in the bubble is intact for better effect. Make sure that you don’t take to much paint – it’ll get smudged.
The Rooster & Peacock: (Inspired by Tulika’s Rooster and the Sun) The rooster and peacock are friends and they were playing. The rooster saw the sun and smiled and the peacock saw the clouds and started to dance.

The Dirty Peahen: This peahen didn’t listen to amma and fell into a ditch and got dirty. Now no one is playing with him.

Flowers for Ummachi: This one is my favourite because it was conceived and designed and executed entirely by Pattu. Story by Pattu as well: There are no flowers for ummachi in the sky (which is why we keep flowers for ummachi here…you see?) so Pattu has planted some flowers in the sky. Potato carved for flower and pegs and blocks for clouds.

Hand PrintPattu who loved colour: Inspired by Tulika’s, ‘The boy who loved colour’, Pattu painted her hands (in fact the whole of her arms and legs..)

Okra Art: The Caterpillar who loved flowers. This one is also pattu’s work – almost 90%. There’s a caterpillar who liked to eat flowers and not leaves and when he became a butterfly he wore flower printed wings.

These two are newspaper strip art that we had done earlier… not for the Artsy Craftsy…We painted whole sheets of newspaper in different colours and cut them into strips and smaller bits. Then drew an outline and stuck the strips within the shape…

Some books and an award…


The First Well (A folk tale retold. Published by Book Box): 
Pattu Rating: 4.2

A samurai warrior goes in search of water when rains fail his kingdom. He brings back a huge icicle from the cold mountain cave following the advice of an old lady. By the time he gets back to his kingdom, there’s only a small lump left of the icicle and people think it is a water seed. They dig a pit to plant the seed and the moment the seed is dropped, it disappears and then begins the frantic search for the elusive seed. They dig deeper to find the seed and what do they find eventually?

Who wants Arthur? – Amanda Graham, Illustration: Donna Gynell. 
Pattu Rating: 4.5

A very endearing story. Arthur is an ordinary dog in a pet shop eagerly awaiting his turn to find his home. Luck favours the Rabbit the first day and Arthur thinks he could find a home if he is as cute as a rabbit. So he practices that night to hop like a rabbit and eats carrots too. The next day his rabbit tricks fail as the customer prefers a snake and so every night he practices to be something else, all in the hope to find his home. Does he finally find his home? And how?
I like this one because it goes to prove that people would eventually like you for what you are and not what you pretend to be.

Norbu’s New Shoes – Chewang Dorji Bhutia. 
Pattu Rating: 4.7

First thing – Norbu looks so cute! Pattu immediately connected with him.
Norbu gets a gift from his dad – a pair of bright yellow shoes, and he is thrilled! The happiness doesn’t last long though as he loses it eventually. This book introduces a different culture – Bhuddism, Monastery, etc. What I liked: Norbu doesn’t get his shoes back but something else cheers him up and he goes on leaving the shoes behind (and probably learning a lesson).

Greedy Miss Miao – Amar Chitra Katha. 
Pattu Rating: 4.5

Cat steals milk, chased by old lady manages to escape only to find itself in a jungle. Jungle animals take the cat to be the wise one who will protect the jungle and its creatures. Cat is well fed and looked after and leads a royal life, all the while plotting to eat the mouse one day. Well, nothing too good lasts too long …

Best Friends – Nina Sabnani 
Pattu Rating: 4.2

Lovely story about a little girl’s relationship with a tree. This is just the kind of story that young children should grow up reading. It is rather disheartening to see adults chopping off trees to accommodate illegal extensions of their apartments. Hopefully, stories like these would help our children develop healthier sentiments towards our green friends.

The Magic School Bus Gets Eaten – The Magic School Bus Series. 
Pattu Rating: 5

I wasn’t planning to read this for Pattu yet but something about the book seemed to have caught her fancy and she insisted on reading this. I didn’t think she would understand food chain but I was surprised that she did. This is one of those books that she wanted me to read a hundred times. Once she gets hooked like this, she wouldn’t be receptive to starting a new book. The only strategy is to hide the book and say that it got lost. I knew taht she understood food chain when she asked me, ‘Amma, I eat carrot…who will eat me?’

The Rooster and the Sun – Meren Imchen. 

Pattu Rating: 5

Another sticky book that I had to hide from Pattu! Why does the Mighty Sun scramble out of bed at the rooster’s call? Find out!

And I’ve got an award from Swati – Thank you lady!

And I pass it on to Lavanya, Jayashree and Hema.

Our Latest Addictions


The Bullfrog and the Cow: Where the cow inadvertently kills a few bullfrogs while at the pond to drink some water. Mama bullfrog is so angry and wants to take the beast head on. But she has to puff herself up to match the beast in size…  

High in the Sky: Korean folktale. The mother selling Deok (rice cake… reminded me of Idly) and walking through forests and the tiger are all so familiar even in the Indian context. Pattu was upset about the mother being eaten by the tiger 😦

Where is Gola’s Home: Gola the yak goes house hunting with the help of his friend Muri the eagle. We get to see different habitats and how it suits the creatures that live there.

The Tiny Seed: What a lovely story to convey that certain perceived weaknesses could actually be your strength! Eric Carle’s illustrations are wonderful as usual!

Pavo and Cavo: Cute little story of Cavo Pristatus and Pavo Cristatus that says, ‘you could pretend to be anything but only for so long… your true colours would show some day’.

The never ending story: Addictive… Pattu just loves the last bit…

Its only a Story: The ant makes spicy curry for its friend the peacock but falls into the hot gravy and dies. Saddened by this, the peacock spreads the grief through the river, mango tree, elephant, crow, the Rani and all the way to the Raja…. and in a reversal of all the mishaps, the ant climbs out of the pot and says, “I’ll never make spicy curry again”

You Know What We Did Last Week


Shades of Grey

I had written about how Children slot characters into Black and White and that they don’t catch the shades of Grey for long – well, it looks like Pattu is discovering the Grey shades.

Regular conversation about friends at school etc and she says, ‘B is my friend, S is my friend – they are good girl and good boy’. And then it goes, ‘B is very troublesome in class, S is a very good boy. B doesn’t listen to anyone, S is very obedient’.

Amma: But you said B is a good girl
Pattu: Yes, she is a good girl
Amma: But you said she is troublesome
Pattu: Yes she is
Amma: How can she be a good girl if she is troublesome?
Pattu: (A bit annoyed) Ammaaa… she is troublesome and she is a good girl. So she is a good girl. Ok?

If you think I am the one having trouble figuring out Grey shades, I don’t quite blame you.

Its Raining Words!

We went for a walk when the rains stopped a bit. Small streams of water joined in one place to fall into the storm water drain. Pattu follows the path and exclaims, ‘ Amma, see, the water is Rivering

It was drizzling and Pattu says, ‘Amma, see it is very-small-raindropping

I was busy with something (usually quite unimportant) and Pattu pulled at me with mouthful of spluttering sentences. I turned around and (in an effort-to-inculcate-some-manners-at-the-right-age) said, ‘ I’m doing something and you have to be patient’, and pat comes the reply, ‘But you have to be My Patient Amma!’

“Watch me deliver – Live from Minneapolis”

The latest is the live streaming of Lynsee’s delivery. The streaming started when she went into labour and was on till the mother delivered and the doc said Mom and Child are in the pink.

The website talks about how the traffic peaked towards the delivery, the number of unique visitors, the advertisers, rue about how they missed on the baby products advertisers etc and a whole lot of the ‘Analytics’ mumbo jumbo would follow I suppose.

Wonder how it must have been – ‘scream scream…’ ‘While the lady is screaming, let’s take a short commercial break..we’ll be right back, stay there’
‘Will Lynsee have a boy or girl – Guess and the lucky winner gets blah blah… on camera’ – Now, we’ll do anything for the camera!

While all this is happening, I can’t quite fathom how it can happen! Just why would anyone want the whole world to watch her labour and delivery? I’m still reeling from this…

Found Book &

They drop books at your doorstep and pick them up as well. The range is quite limited as of now but I am told that they are adding as they have just started. If you have a request, they procure the book for you if they don’t have it already. Nice. Finished my first book and waiting for the next that should arrive today/ Monday.

Pattu’s latest addiction

…is Thumb Thumb Thambi & Thangi (Tulika). There’s a project to paint her thumbs as Thambi and Thangi today. God save the walls, upholstery and the furniture from the Thumbs!

Btw, it is Thundering loud as I am typing this…