Keerthana’s Grandpa(alias Thaatha) has been complaining of hip pain. Of course, we all know that she is responsible for it in some way, we just did not know exactly how. So, we investigated the matter further……
Everyday, as part of the camaraderie to feed her, thaatha holds the important role of distracting Kunju to open her mouth. So sometimes, he brings various fruits along, and shows her apples, bananas, oranges and the like. Sometimes, it is the drum, dog, anything! Vocal support for this is provided by Grandma (alias Paati). She has a rich repertoire of songs that she unleashes – much like “Paravai Muniyamma”. There are stories also – and I am pleased to inform you that there is a jobless prince who goes to the forest several times a day to kick off the race between the rabbit and the tortoise – “aaamai”. Sometimes, Paati gets to enact how the tortoise went – “ippi ippi pochaam ma tortoise”
One day, when Kaju Katli was giving them an especially difficult time, Thaatha got carried away, and started enacting a dog running. At his age, it isn’t easy to shake your hips around and act like a dog or a rabbit! He is now fighting with Paati that she always takes the slower animal, and he gets to do the faster one – poor Thaatha. I do feel sorry for him. Can any of you tell us what to do?
Ammilai is really becoming a brat!
PS: Ammilai, Kaju Katli, Kunju all refer to the pint-sized character in our home who can make a strict Thaatha enact a dog, and a strict school teacher Paati enact a tortoise!