Our little man is beginning to make his style-statements.. Relenting to his constant pestering for a coolers, we got him one from a roadside shop for Rs.20. He put it on, adjusted it a little, and then raised it over his head and let it stay there. He looked about with his hands on his hips and said, “naan Dhoni maari ikken“- I look like Dhoni!!! I have no clue when he saw Dhoni do that!
He asks to be lifted to look at himself in the mirror. Smiles at himself and says – “naan cute-aa ikken“. Vanity – with a capital V!
He wants to wear full-sleeved shirts and tees, but wants to roll up the sleeves till his elbow:)- ‘Sariya madingi vidu maa‘ he says asking me to roll it up properly!
Show off No.2-Vyas:
The boy switched to slow-motion on a weekday evening, literally dragging himself as if he was drugged, and was generally playing truant. I brandished a scale (the small plastic one as the bigger one had mysteriously vapourized like the thousand other items at home) and threatened to spank him if he did not bring his bag and books to me. He shook himself awake and menacingly walked towards me and inflicted this on the unsuspecting mommy- “Don’t think you are a scary manifestation,” whatever that means!!! I was in splits and sought more explanation. He offered one, only it was even more complex. Turns out, it was a sentence he flicked from a book he was reading and was thirsting to use it on someone. I’m the default test-bed:)
He is into his regular cricket coaching this academic year and thankfully the practice sessions are early in the morning- from 6.am to 7.30 am, thrice a week. He has about 25 mins time after that to bathe, break his fast, get dressed, and go to school.. On day 1, he comes back home saying ‘its a total waste‘!! The older Vs were fuming of course, but kept to themselves because he had to get back to school and it was not the time to deal with his ways:) We later discovered that the coach had insisted on some exercises and running as part of fitness needs and the 1st day was spent doing only that. He was miffed because the kids did not get to handle any bat and ball! And how can that be called ‘cricket-coaching’?! And nothing to say of the air he puts on on the days he has his coaching.. Obama will have fewer appointments!