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 ...


Jyotsna said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! :)
At least now, i know that someone reads.. and comments!
Nice way of putting the ee kadhai! I didn't know the prologue.. have only heard the rhyme!!
I think there is another observer .... "kokku vilayadum kulame" , before "kulathil irkkum meene".

Supriya Balaji Ramachandran said...

Appa kutty magan suppa kutty
suppa kutty magan sundeliyam
sundeli rajanukku kalyanamam
solakattu pallakil oorvolamam
mayilai cooped dance aada
eliyai koopidu band vasikka
Kosuvai koopidu drums vasikka
Kuyila koopidu paatu paada

Viji Ganesh said...

Thank you Supriya for reading and taking the time to give the full version of Appa kutty. Much appreciated.

Raji K said...

Was searching for this song.. thanks for the lines... Very catchy one

Ramadoss Krishnamurthy said...

I am 70 years now. I listened to this story as a 7 yr old from my athai in Thanjavur. Thanks for taking me back in time.

Viji Ganesh said...

Nostalgic is it not ?! Thanks for reading and leaving a comment here.