Monthly Archives: November 2008

the thing about imaginary friends…

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is that they don’t accidentally trod on your foot during assembly…

 

 

ouchieP.s. Am collecting names and details of imaginary friends: firstborn’s are loollaan and tutty; my niece’s friend’s name is jamitha; my childhood one was called kuli-ba!

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oh mumbai

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i hated the 121 days I lived in mumbai. i thought it was 121 days too many.

i hated the crowds. i hated the matchbox grey flats. i hated the rush.

i hated the indica car that ran over a few-days-old puppy in goregaon.  my little son would scream and scream if we had to take an Indica taxi, for months later. 

 my then-2-year-old saw before him life, and in a fast swerve, death.

oh mumbai, how could you?

and now i watch television, i see you, mumbai. I message my journalist friend, whose legs are aching from standing in front of the taj for hours and hours. i call my husband who is wondering when he can finally catch the plane to be home and play with his sons.

and i worry my global worry, just what will happen to the tender, timid, gentle small people like my elder one — they’ll be caught like butterflies-in-the-charging-wheel. oh mumbai.

youtube mamma

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I dont encourage firstborn to watch TV. But youtube is different, I think.my friend bhu, once told me that children can really pick up several languages from 0 to 6.

So I had my idea-of-the-month..

it’s playing nursery rhymes of every language on youtube … i am happy that my child will familiarise himself with several indian languages… telugu, tamil, kannada and hindi; and i think it’s enjoyable. The tunes and the music are very localised, they have a unique flavour.

now finally, the wheels on the bus tune in my head has been replaced with “chal chal gurrrrrrrrrram”…

here are the links to startyou off…

telugu rhyme

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9V4v13gz3Oc&feature=related

kannada rhyme

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlo4ZaogsFI

chinese rhyme

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1jdMfApVig

for hindi

i chose lakdi ki kathi and for carnatic music i’ve chosen bho shambo (by maharajapuram santhanam…)

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it’s working. his malaysian classmate, also three years old, comes to our home demanding “bho jumbo”!

MIL- DIL talk

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It was my mil’s dream to travel abroad, travel in a plane and see the glorious sights that ambujam mami (nanganallur koil fame) described  after going to “foreign”.

MIL loves it here in Malaysia — no power cuts, no water disruption and railway stations that look like “deva lokam” (the land of the devas).

She will leave in a couple of weeks, and she wants to be doubly sure that she has visited “foreign”

“Er. daughter-in-law”
Me: yes

MIL: Is Malaysia “foreign? ”
Me: er yes, amma.

MIL: But it’s only three hours away from India… how about Dubai then? Is that foreign?

Me: Er yes.
MIL: I thought only America was “foreign”, are you sure?

Me: Yes, amma.

She’s happy.

P.S. I don’t think I’ll tell her that India is a “foreign country” from a Malaysian perspective. Even if I do, she won’t believe me.