Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Eee kathai ( Story of a house fly)-A gem !

We have such fantastic pieces of nursery poetry in Tamil, and this one in the form of a little story is my favorite .I must have told my children this "ee kadhai" or Story of the common fly umpteen times with the same gleeful response every time.
The story of the common fly or Eee kadhai  is a memory game, a funny story, all rolled into one.
The story goes thus :
An " Eee" or  common house fly , was about to get married and so started out to give invites to all its friends. The Eee ( being a female) , wanted to dress up for the occassion and applied kajal to the eyes , wore jhumkas et al .
After all that make up the Eee,  sets out on its venture ...But the little Eee in all that dressing up forgot its name, so she went around asking every other creature that crossed her path  for her name in the form of a song .
Eee: Kozhu kozhu kanre en perenna ?( Hey, plump and healthy looking calf, what is my name ?)
The kannukutti ( calf ) nodded its head and said ask my mom.
Eee: KAnrin Thaaye en perenna ? ( Hey, mother of calf do you know my name ? )
The cow said ask my Idayan .(cowherd)
Eee: Thai meikkum idaya en perenna ?( Cowherd, do you know my name ?)
The cowherd says ask my stick.
Eee: Idayan kai kole en perenna ? ( Hey cowherd's stick, what is my name ?)
The stick said ask the tree on which I am hung.
Eee: Kol irukkum kodi mareme en perenna ?( What is my name, oh, creeper on which the cowherd's stick is hung ?)
The Creeper said , ask the stork sitting on me.
Eee: Kodi marathin kokke en perenna ? (Hey Stork sitting on the Creeper , what is my name ?)
The Stork said ask the fish which happens to be my food.
Eee : Kokku thinnum meene en perenna ? ( Hey Fish , who happens to be the Stork's food- what is my name ?)
The fish said to ask the fisherman .
Eee: Meen pidikkum valaya en perenna ? ( Hey , Fish catching fisherman - what is my name ?)
The fisherman referred it to the earthen vessel in his hands.
Eee: Valayan kai chatti en perenna ? ( Hey earthen pot in the hands of the Fisherman, what is my name ?)
The Earthen pot reffered the Fly to the potter who made it.
Eee: Chatti seyyum kuyava n perenna ? ( Hey  Potter who makes the pot , what is my name ?)
The Potter refers to the soil .
Eee: Kuyavan kai manne en perenna ? ( Potters 'clay what is my name ?)
The soil refers the fly to the grass that grows on it.
Eee:Mannil vilayum pulle en perenna ? ( hey grass, which grows on the soil -what is my name ?)
The grass refers it to the horse that eats it .
Eee: Pullai thinnum kuthiraye en perenna ???( Hey Horse that eats the grass, what is my name ?)
(Here comes the climax and the last  mouthful of whatever dinner that I am feeding them children are on the edge of their seats , all starry-eyed , ready to burst out laughing ( every single time).
They make such excellent audience for my  PJ's.
The horse says" heee heeee ..." and the Fly remembers its name!
There is one more , which is a hit with my children that goes ..
Appa kutty magan suppa kutty
suppa kutty magan sundeliyaam
sundeli raajanukku kalyanamam
elie yay koopudungal band vaasika !
It has  a catchy tune . I don't know if there are more verses to this song ...

Most confused thing on two legs !

The most confused thing on two legs - I grudgingly admit is the best description of myself. The credit goes to my brother for summing me up thus!
Faithful to that definition, I always have a minimum of two opinions on just about anything.
Wonder if it is the case with everyone else or they just are good at camouflaging their confusion during the process of getting clarity?
I think it is okay to have more than one opinion on any issue before narrowing it down to one. No, wait. Some people are so bright and just would not budge from their initial impression or opinion. And some of them don't even have an opinion on anything.
Confusing, No?
This blog is about all my confusions and several opinions on a single issue.
I have no qualms accepting it.
I dedicate this blog to my children with a sincere wish and prayer that they would someday read this and understand the life and times of their parents and their childhood years.
It will also help me keep up the promise to be there for them always and forever.