Dhymes- if you understand

Composed and rendered by Master Varun at the grand old age of 2 with a mouth full of teeth!!

1. baaa baaa baachee
vaavvu veni vulll
yechar yecha
thee bachh ulll
ann fammma maathe
funn fammma fame
ann -….. dhanne dhain

2. thinkal thinkal ittil thaar
vowwai vandhur vaatooaaa
appabovva vaall cho-ai
ike-a dhaimann indha kai!!

3. humpi dhumpi chaethanna vaal
humpi dhumpi vavve ge fall
humpi dhumpi… dhaadhagain!!

And my fav is this. Let me know if you were able to decipher the progression – the sources that have gone into this composition:)

4. Ek, dho, thee, foe, fii, chich pikuppa shish, sevun yeit dhe dham theit, nain, tenn, bik thaet enn

My Little Tom Bombadil!

The lights are switched off when the entire household is tired and game to hit the bed. It is a sign of dawn for the little Tom Bombadil of our house! He begins by summoning everyone he knows starting from thatha, paatti to his girlfriends Shwetha, Varsha, to his aunts, uncles cousins- everyone!

Start music—–

Varun: ma, ma,ma…. thaatha?
Me: thoongitta (has slept)
V: paatti?
Me: thoongitta (has slept)
V: anna?
Me: thoongitta (has slept)
Anna: No da, am awake!! (incurs amma’s wrath!)
V: appa?…….
……. (goes on till he exhausts his list and then..)

Me: Varun?
V: thoongittan!

ke baad

V: ma, ma, ooncha (wants to piss)
Me: ippo dhaane ponae? (you did before creeping into the bed?!)
V: maaaa, oooonchaaaaa! endhudhu! (like hitting the panic button)
Me: (Take him to the loo and he somehow forces himself to pee even though his bladder is empty) Aacha? (Done?)
V: Aaachu. Ambhu, kaal ambhu (wash my legs)
Me: Ippo thaachi (sleep now!)
V: Ammmaaa, kadha? (ma, story!)
Me: Enna kadha? (what story) ?
V: Dhaabit (Its either a Rabbit or thoch (fox), kaaka (crow), or Abu (a boy called Abu))
Me: There was a rabbit. How do rabbits run?
V: gudhu, gudhu, gudhu (gudu-gudu-gudu – an expression implying ‘very fast’)! and runs all around and over everyone on the bed!
Me: (After am done with the stories of his choice). Ippo thoongu! (Now PLEASE SLEEP!)
V: maaaa, oooonchaaaaa!
Me: Sigh!!

Ek aur chote break ke baad-

V: Amma, paadhu. (amma, sing)
Appa: Baa, baa black sheep..
V: naanna, naanna. amma. (Nice soul little V. Only person who wants amma to sing. A chance for the appa to take a dig. For the knowledge of kind junta, his singing is no better!)
Appa: Varun, chamattha thoongu (Be a good boy and sleep. Fat hopes!!)
V: unnae (drawls).. pothaenna.. ammma! (Mocks the dad with the exact same expression he uses to chide him! Translates to – Let me give you a whack!)

Followed by more laughter, more songs, rhymes, prattles et al, knocking away the last bit of sleep in our eyes. And then, he sleeps. In a direction perpendicular to the other Vs.

Loo Tale

While animated conversations with inanimate objects is not new among toddlers, its odious to watch(to put it mildly), Varun insisting on saying a loving ‘bye-bye, *hadha nadhe’ to the last bit of poo and pee disappearing down the drain when washing his bums! Bidding adieu, or blowing a kiss to the extra dark or frighteningly pale lizards awkwardly clinging to the walls seems relatively okay!

With the Pollachi ‘Gobi Chilli 65’ doing the job for my little bajji-lover, the more fervently he bid good bye, the more the poo kept coming, sapping amma’s energy more than her baby’s!!

Thanks to whoever discovered the black-tea with lemon and thachi mammu solution!!!

* hadha nadhe – ‘Have a nice day‘ in his parlance!

Kaakka Uuusssh

Coconut oil bottle, wet soap, water, anna’s spectacles, knife, scissors, mixie-jar, markers and sketch pens, crayons, poster colors and other paints, to mention a few, are the objects of lust for the 1.5 year old.. Most waking hours are spent doing a *’kaakka uushh’ of one or many of these things from Varun and he continues to stare for a minute in the direction in which we pretend to hurl an object. He then waves his tiny hands saying, ‘kaanan pocheee’ (disappeared).

The other day, he wanted to do an urgent su-su and insisted that I take him to the loo quickly, which I did. After accomplishing the task, refusing to wear his underwear, he ran out and continued to dodge me. I pointed at his bum and told him that mosquitoes will bite him there if he does not wear. He pondered over the matter for 2 seconds and quickly covered his bum with both his hands and said, ‘Kaakka Ussshhu’ !!!

Kaakkaa Usshhu

The eluding Paa…

.. and occasionally its cousins Kaa, Raa, Vaa and Saa.. There is no definite pattern for sounds other than paa, but usually the second syllables drown silently. Varun trots about the house saying too many things to too many people at the same time! He calls out to ‘thaattiii’ (paatti), squats on the floor pointing at his tiny legs and complains of mosquitoes. He demonstrates the rest of the problem by frantically scratching his legs.

If he is not asking me for ‘dhaaachee’ when am in the kitchen, he’d be asking for thaatham. The first time I heard his demand for ‘thaatham’, I racked by brains (I guess a little of it is still left!) to find out what he was asking by which time he was red with anger and just about ready to throw anything within his reach at his stupid mom who did not understand a ‘word’ of what he was saying! It then dawned on me to simply replace ‘thaa’ with ‘paa’, and there! he was asking for ‘paatham’ which in turn refers to ‘paathram’ and that is Tamizh for a vessel/container!

He looks at the frothy white batter in the ‘dhaindha’, (grinder) and says , ‘maaa-ooo’ (for maavu).

A picture chart of animals in their room is almost in rags, thanks to the little brat who uses it as a floor mat mostly! He points to the elephant and goes , ‘aaaaneeee’, and points to a pig when asked to point to the doggee/juju. Anything else he is asked to point out has one standard response, ‘dho kke’, which is for ‘dho irukke’, and the object pointed to is a simple guess work. If he sees disapproval in your eyes, the little finger pointing to the object will shift to the next nearest picture on that chart!

The ‘anna’ is a proud man though. He instructs his brother thus:

V1: Varun, say ‘paa’
V2: pvaa
V1: ttee
V2: ttee
V1: paa-ttee
V2: thaatteee
V1: cho-taa
V2: thotha
V1: bheeem
V2: beeeemv
V1: chota bheem
V2: thotatheem!

Varun is somehow convinced that no one else at home is competent enough to wield some magic and bring ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ on the TV screen. He trusts only his anna when it comes to playing this particular DVD. Even if his anna is in the loo, he’d drag him holding onto his shirt or trousers, bring him to the TV, pull out the Tatasky wires from the TV and ‘look up’ to his anna and say, ‘anna, Thomaa’. At which, the anna beaming with pride that his little brother is ‘looking up’ to him for ‘help’, would look at the rest of the household from the corner of his eye to ensure that everyone is looking at him. He would re-affirm the need with his little brother again, ‘Does pappa want to watch Thomas? Should I play part 1 or part II of the DVD?’, and hold out the one which he actually loves to watch! The little one would invariably pick the one which his anna brandishes and there is peace. There is a slight feet-tapping from the little trotter when the lovely songs feature in between the episodes including the title song. His favorite song in the series goes ‘Silly old Gordon fell in a ditch, fell in a ditch (2), all on a Monday morning’…

Amma goes to awchip (office) these days, anna goes to thool (school) and he usually goes dai (bye) wearing his chooo (shoes). He insists on singing baa baa chee (baa baa black sheep) over and over again and never seems to get bored. When he starts saying paatti, office and school, he’d have forgotten the beautiful dialect that we all are so used to now! Vadhun, theeth dhon thop sayin thaa too soon!

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