The kids befriended Ruby, an adorable ‘doggie’ as Varun calls her, at the resort in Chikmagalur. Vyas enjoyed feeding Ruby with an occasional biscuit or a slice of bread.
He struck a monologue with Ruby, and was caught in action by a friend and my sis:
Vyas to Ruby: Hi Ruby. Pasikaradha? Bread sapadariya? (You hungry? Like to have some bread?)
[A pause and then realization dawns on him and so continues].
Oh, sorry, you don’t know Tamil right? So, do you want to eat a slice of bread?
[Would have loved if Ruby had rolled her eyes at him!]
Varun eyes someone drinking Fanta/Mirinda or some such drink in the train.
He leans into me and fidgets with my hands, kurti, bag and mutters something..
Me: What is it Varun?
Varun: I feel like drinking something Orange in color.
(You can replace anyone in my place here, and the conversation would’ve still been the same)
Varun: Enakku thoppa valikaradhu (I have a stomach ache)
Me: Why da? What happened? Want to use the toilet?
Varun: Ille. Enakku camera kudutha sariyaidum (I’ll be fine if you give me the camera)
and the ‘stomach ache’ theory/tactic was stress-tested for several of his wants. For chocolates, for walking, for dinner, for Sprite, for tea, for boating, to climb up, to climb down, for a bath, to wear a jean… Get the drift?