(Grandma goes to sleep after watching the Olympic games, down with disappointment, but up with the longing for expecting India to shine in the world...)
Baby Sarasa: Grandma, where are the Olympic games being played?
G'ma: It is a place called Brazil in South America..darling
Babloo: South America? Where is it? Is it in America? He is not so far wrong, come to think of it. It is in the Americas.
Baby: See the Map book Babloo.. Daddy got you one...
G'ma: In Rio, the capital of Brazil..No, Akka, the capital is Brasilia, which was built specially for that purpose. Our Embassy is there. Rio was the former capital and of course the most important city.
Me:Oops..! I must have borrowed Babloo's map book ..If Baby comes to know she will make me do imposition..ten times..."Brascilia is the capital of Brazil"..."Brascilia is the capital of Brazil...:
Babloo: Is it very far from here grandma, can we go there?
G'ma: No.. we can only watch it from TV
Babloo: How did TV go there?
Baby: Babloo kutty, TV can go anywhere..That is a major problem in our lives these days!
Babloo: Can we go there by Magic carpet? I will ask Shyamala aunty..
G'ma: Why taking all the trouble darlings..we can have the games here in our place..
Baby: Yipee ..that will be nice...we can have it here ..
Babloo: Yayyy...we will have it here...
G'ma: So, if we are to hold the games here, what should we do? We will discuss about this with Shyamala aunty, Lashy aunty, Shagun Akka, Bindu akka, Harshu akka, Manasi akka and Adwi akka...
Babloo: Who is 'dwi'kka? I don't know her..Have I seen her?
Baby: No.. She is grandma's new friend..But she has seen your photo..grandma showed our photos to all her friends..
Babloo: Baby'kka, I want to know if grandma showed them my nice photo, not the one where I cry..Daddy took the photo and showed funny face to me. This is an extremely useful thing. I must save it! Akka, where can I download it from? Please let me know. Me:I just "copied image" and "pasted" it Shyamala. It is very easy..I searched for the animated emojis for funny faces and the likes in Google. Perhaps the experts in this field like Manasi or Harshu will help you more.. Babloo my pet, what a vain little creature you are! Next thing, you will be worrying about your left profile vs your right profile!
G'ma: Don't worry .. I showed them your best photo..
Baby: Grandma, are your friends coming here?
G'ma: Yes, I am expecting them now..
Babloo: Is Shyamala aunty also coming.?.So jolly...
Yes, he knows perfectly well, the little imp, that I have a soft corner for him!
Me: You have spoilt him Shyamala.
(Lashy, Shagun and Harshu come..)
Babloo: Hi Shagun'kka, Who is Harshu'kka and who is Lashy aunty?
(Harshu akka and Lashy aunty introduce themselves..)
Lashy: Now, periyamma, I like your idea of imagining the conducting of the Olympic games here in India.. I can give you any help provided it doesn't affect my HBAS scedule..You know periamma, I had to delay chapter 12 because of guests in my house.. and my two imps..
G'ma: Don't worry Lashy.. You can leave the kids here.. They will enjoy playing with Babby and Babloo..
Baby: Yes aunty.. I like playing with them..
Babloo: Lashy aunty, are they boys?
Look at him now, and 15 years later. He will then be asking, with even more eagerness, Lashy Aunty, are they girls?
Lashy: Yes Kanna..,, They will also love kutties like you..
G'ma: Ha..there come our Bindu, Adwi, and Manasi..
Harshu: Aunty, Shyamala aunty said that cannot come and said that she will be present on skype.
Baby: Yippee.. I can see her..
Babloo: What is skype grandma?
Shagun: It is like a phone, but you can see the other person who is taking to you..
G'ma: (logs on the computer)...Ah.. there she is...
Baby and Babloo: Hi Shyamala aunty..
Shyamala: Hi kutties!
G'ma: Hello Shyamala..Can you hear me?
Shyamala: Yes akka.. why did you call me? You know pretty well that I don't like this idea of...
Babloo: Hello Aunty!.. Can you see me?.. Tell me what dress I'm wearing?
He cannot bear not to be notice first thing!
A pair of blue denim shorts, Babloo kanna, and a very nice, crisp little white shirt!
Babloo:Do you like it aunty?
Baby: Hi aunty, why didn't you come?
Shyamala: Sorry my darlings.. I have some important domestic problem to solve and that's why I couldn't come.. I told your grandma about that..
G'ma: Okay all ..Let me first explain why I invited you here.. Our Baby and Babloo want to have the Olympic Games conducted here in India.. Is there anyone who approves the idea? put up your hand..if you say yes..
(Lashy and Baby put up their hands.A second later Babloo puts up both his hands)
Baby: Hey.. you shouldn't put up both your hands Babloo..
Babloo: Why not? my hands are short.. that's why..
Baby: Shyamala aunty, ..put up your hand..
Shyamala: The Olympics in India? Perish the thought..It will be a gargantuan waste of money that would be far better spent on more up to date training facilities and other support for our sportsmen who are in general a sadly neglected lot..We had enough of hassles and waste and corruption at the Commonwealth games..We should't even think of bidding for the Olympics.. Babloo:( to Baby)'kka, what is aunty saying? does she say yes? Baby:( more confused) I don't know..
Now this is even funnier than that quote of mine!
G'ma: Shyamala, we are only imagining that if we are to host the Olympics here, how will the inauguration be..
Lashy: Yes Periamma..I totally agree with you about the needless extravaganza ..but it is only a fun imagining things so that we can satisfy the kids' curiosity..
Shagun: Shyamala aunty, I also agree with you...
Shyamala: Lashykanna, not only the horrendous expenditure, but the waste of money on huge structure, which eventually will become a waste after the games.. Have you heard about the Olympics in China in the year 2008?
Akka, I hereby lodge a formal protest, not against having my leg pulled - though it is now 2 inches longer than the other and is going to make walking tough - but against not being cited accurately!
Me: Shyamala, I copied from your post verbatim, and I don't know where I went wrong!
Akka, it is only a waste of time discussing about it.. and please leave me out..If you want I will listen to your discussion without my participation..
G'ma: Okay Shyamala as you say.. But I want to listen to what others are saying.. Now Harshu, what is your idea? how can we plan the cultural events on the inauguration day?
Harshu: Aunty, we can show the AkDha retros on the giant screen in the arena..
Yes, and that would be enough to raise a howl of protest loud enough to drown out even the over loud Jodha Akbar background score. The South Indians would be hollering for similar extracts from Tamil, Kannada, Telugu and Malayalam TV serials and films, the Bengalis for using their language shows and the Punjabis for theirs!
Me:Shyamala, This Jodha Akbar is dubbed in almost all the Indian languages and some foreign languages as well. The only language they omitted was English.
Shagun: Yes auntie..Jodha Akbar had an important place in everyone's household every night..and still has.. I endorse Harshu Di's idea.. Both of us can draft a workable plan..
Lashy: That's what I said periyamma.. Nothing wrong in imagining..
Baby: Grandma, I saw people staging drama with spider costumes in the Olympics..We can have fancy dress parade..
Babloo: Yes.. but what is parade Baby'kka? Is it a game?
Bindu: No babloo, it is like walking before the people wearing fancy dress ..
Babloo: What fancy dress'kka? Fairy tale fancy dress?
Baby: No.. I want Jalal uncle and Jodha akka fancy dress..
I have already had more than enough of your Jodha Akka, kutties. I absolutely refuse to look at her any more! Not even if she comes as Helen in Chandragupta Maurya!
Me, Baby, Babloo:
Adwi: Yes.. that will be nice and we can organise some artistes to sing Rabindra Sangeet.. Nil Anjana ghana kunjarachara song will be very apt for the occasion..
G'ma: Manasi, why don't you suggest something..
Manasi: Aunty.. I prefer to be a silent spectator..
G'ma: Okay..my dear kids.. What is wrong in dreaming? Even our ex President Dr Abdul Kalam wanted the youngsters to dream about bright future of the nation...
Babloo: Baby'kka, I don't know that grandma is young!..
My darling boy, she is young at heart, and even as you grow older,she will stay that way, and in fact grow even younger.
Me: Thank you very much Shyamala!
G'ma: Babloo kutty.. you don't know that I am made young by your akkas!
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Baby and Babloo: Grandma, grandma, Wake up..It is tea time for you..
Strawberries and cream? I want samosas and hot masala chai!