My little rock stars

Memoirs of my mommyhood


Pigs can fly too.

As kids we used to often play this game called “Chidiya Ud”. Essentially, two or more people should have their one finger on the table. One of the players is supposed to call out
“Chidiya Ud”  (Bird fly)
“Tota Ud”      (Parrot fly)

The other players are supposed to lift their fingers up in air in response. If the caller says something like
“Table Ud” (Table fly) – meaning an object which basically cannot fly, then the other players are not supposed to lift their fingers. If a player ends up lifting his/her finger, then s/he gets out and has to face punishment.

We recently taught this game to Venky. Its a handy game to keep the kids busy if you have to make them sit at a place without any props. One day, Venky and his dad were playing this game. Vibhu was calling out.
“Tota Ud”
“Kabootar Ud”

Venky’s finger kept going up in the air.

“Snail Ud”

Venky lifted his finger again.

“Out, out! Venky is out. You lifted your finger. Snail does not fly.” Shouted Vibhu.

Venky thought for a while. He then looked at me and asked.

“Mommy. Can the snail not fly if it goes on the aeroplane?”

I arbitrated and Venky stayed on in the game. How could I beat that logic? 🙂

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I’ve introduced Venky to alphabets. Although his pre school which follows montessory style does not recommend it, I thought it was time. We are going to put him into a regular school starting June. Since Venky got admitted in PP1, I am worried that he should be at par with the rest of the class. So, I have started with standing line, sleeping line and simple letters like T, O, H etc.

Through Venky, I am learning that ability to read and write opens a whole new world to you. A world which was there right in front of you and you did not know that it existed. Its a complete new found power. A couple of days after we introduced Venky to the basic letters, we were driving on the road. Suddenly, Venky started shouting “T, T, T Mommmy TEeeee” with so much of excitement. I realized that he had identified the letter ‘T’ on a hoarding. He had suddenly discovered the meaning of something he had been seeing everyday.

From then on, everytime we are on road, we are identifying T, O, H, L, Q and the matrix is expanding. The excitement in Venky’s voice when he spots a letter is palpable. And we cannot help being proud parents.

The other day, Vibhu bought a cricket set for Venky (he believes that if Venky starts early, he can be the future Sachin T). Before teaching Venky the game itself,  Vibhu decided to teach Venky the terminologies of the game.
“This is called a bat”
“This is the ball”
The Vibhu pointed to the stumps and said
“Do you know what is this?”

“Yes, Standing line. One, two, three standing lines!”

Venky then pointed to the bails and continued

“And this is a sleeping line!”

Heh. heh. Vibhu had his head in his hands but I was grinning ear to ear!


Reprimand of the day

My FIL calls up to talk with Venky. After having done his conversation with his grandpa, Venky hands over the phone to me. I talk to him addressing him as “Papa”. After I hang up, Venky comes to me with a lifted finger and a stern expression on his face.

“You call Papa ‘Jaaneman’, you call Dadu ‘Papa’, what’s wrong with you? You should call Papa as ‘Papa’, Dadu as ‘Dadu’ and Dadi as ‘Dadi’ ! “

Yesss Sir. Point taken!