Amma, aer-kat pannalaam – Lets have a hair-cut amma
Naan chamaatha ikkaeeeeeeenn (says it in a sing-song way)- I’ll be good
Yenakku theriyuuuuuuuuuuuunnn (I know……….)
Me: Varun, adikka koodadhu (You must not hit)
Varun: Adhippen (will hit)
Me: Chamattha saapadanum (be nice and eat)
Varun: chamattha chaapamaataen (will be nice and not eat)
Me: Saapadalenna, enakku kovam varum. apporam enna aagum? (I’ll get angry if you don’t eat. And then you know what will happen)
Varun: Paush kaara, inge vaanga.. Varun chaapamatenga. (and then turns to face me and says)Paathiya? Paush kaara vandhutaar paathiya (Policeman, come here. Varun is refusing to eat. See? I told you the Police is here).
Varun: shaar, vaanga shaar. diver vandhuken (sir, come here sir. the driver is here.)
Us(anyone): yennanga sir? (yes sir, what do you want?)
Varun: autho diver vandhuken (the auto driver is here – refers to self)
Us: Maambalam varingala sir? (Will you take us to Mamabalam?)
Varun: autho-le okaanga (or okachikonga) shaar. (Get into the auto)
Us: okay sir. Evvalo rooba sir (how much will you charge)
Varun: anjroooba shaar (Five rupees sir).
And the driver drives away faaasht. On his tricycle. Propelling it forward by paddling his feet fast like a duck on the floor instead of pedalling the vehicle.
Insists on playing ‘Hosanna’ song from VTV every now and then and says he’ll dance. And he does. The steps are gorgeously cute and would match even if you were saying “*aadu raa raama, aadu raa rama”. He is mostly on all fours when he dances.
*Have you seen monkey dance on streets? Yes, that’s the one.