Or that is what Vyas thinks! We’d been to a temple last week and like most temples, this one too has a corner with the navagrahas. Vyas looked up at me and asked if they represented the 9 planets. I said “yes”. “But amma, there are only 8 official planets now. Pluto is just a dwarf planet and not a ‘proper’ one. And there are 4 or 5 dwarf planets like Pluto!” he quips. Suggesting that either Pluto goes or other dwarf planets make it to the shrine:) ” A few people circumambulating the navagraha that day, heard a mom and son utter blasphemy!
In another instance, the little man had to say a few lines about himself in Hindi in his class. His Hindi teacher had instructed so! He doesn’t share Pattu’s enthusiasm (which had me in splits!) when it comes to Hindi speaking but managed this:
Vyas: “Mein badkar astronaut hokar chahtha hoon hai”
Me: “You must say: Mein badae hokar, astronaut banoonga or banna chahtha hoon!”
Vyas: “That is what I said!”
Me: “Yeah, but you must say it a little differently!”
He repeated after me like a parrot a couple of times, still wondering how different was his sentence from mine! Hope he reproduced it correctly in the class. Or its the teacher’s turn this time to listen to more blasphemy!!
I then ask him if he really wants to be one or he is just saying it to charm his tutor. He declares that he really wants to be one because he wants to find out if Chandrayan has really spotted water bodies on the moon!
Methinks that is some hope because his ambitions have come a full circle now, starting from wanting to become a ‘gate keeper’ at the railway level crossing, a ‘garbage gatherer’, an engine driver, a magician, a pilot, a scientist (because he can experiment!) and now an astronaut!
Dream on my dear, for even sky is not the limit, and show me your other avatars! Just make sure you retain the present one too:)