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August 14, 2008

Rhyme for no reason.

The other day Ashu and I went shopping and passed by the toys section. Ashu pointed at a colorful box and asked what it is. "Those are Chalk Piece, Ashu. In all colors", I replied. She thought for a moment and asked, "Can I eat them?" So I told her "No Ashu. You don't eat chalk, remember Chula and Mieja had drawn Kolams with chalk in front of their house? They are for drawing". "You don't eat Chalk Piece aa?", she asked again and I said No. Two seconds later, she asks "We should not eat Chick Peas then?"

I bent down to her level and laughed. For a whole minute.

Then yesterday my mom was telling her about my childhood and how I fed milk to the cats in a Kottankachi(coconut shell) when I was a kid. She came to me and repeated the story and how I fed the cats. She could nt pronounce kottankachi properly and I helped her. A while later, I asked her who drinks milk from a kottankachi. She thought for a moment and screamed, "ottakachiveengi"!( Giraffe in Tamil!)


Kottan"kachi" & Otta"kachi"veengi! Who wudda thunk it?

22 comments:

inbavalli said...

A born linguist, your daughter :)) To connect chalk piece to chick peas calls for a lot of language skills, Boo. Same with kottangachchi and ottagachivingi.

Btw, you actually taught her ottagachivingi? I was quite content with giraffee :(( Hats off to you!

B o o said...

Inba - My moms here. Hence Ottakachiveengi! ;) I was teaching her O for Ottagam from the Arichuvadi book. But since my mom came, she has gone on to nj for Manjal and v for Sevvaipazham and even R for EtRam. Only Paatis can pull such stuff, I tell ya!

yaadayaada said...

Thatz cool.. Can't wait.. 2 more weeks!

Aditi's Album said...

Wow. That was hilarious. Ashu is so cute. To relate words with rhyming ones - I cant remember doing such things anytime in my childhood days.

Kodi's Mom said...

wonder where she gets her wit from ;)

Shobana said...

She is a natural, isn't she? Very cute(the first episode).

shyam said...

I'm amazed that she even KNOWS the Tamil word for giraffe! I didnt :)

shyam said...

I'm amazed that she even KNOWS the Tamil word for giraffe! I didnt :)

Priya said...

chalk piece and chick peas?!! at her age, I doubt if I knew what chick peas were!!

Boo, she's a mini Ms.Einstein.. did you check her IQ?

btw, I thought giraffe in tamil was just ottagam.. not so eh? :-\

Priya said...

chalk piece and chick peas?!! at her age, I doubt if I knew what chick peas were!!

Boo, she's a mini Ms.Einstein.. did you check her IQ?

btw, I thought giraffe in tamil was just ottagam.. not so eh? :-\

Priya said...

ok, aaruva kolaar le same comment two times adichuten.. please to delete one of them, thank you. :-)

WhatsInAName said...

Oh My My!
I am feeling rather ashamed that I dont even know the tamil for giraffe! Guess I need some lessons from Ashu :)
But yeah, I can see her sharp skills at work

Suki said...

Wow. And she is.. what.. 3? :O
Send her over to me when she's a teen, we can explore linguistics together :)

WA said...

I am impressed that she knows Ottagachivingi. Well impressed

Subhashree said...

Seriously who woulda thunk it! Hilarious.

Reva said...

omg.. chance'ae illa Ashu. kalakkita. :)

Seriously, u r doing a great job saving all these up for later. Someday she's going to thank u!

-Reva

desigirl said...

She can actually pronounce ottagachivingi?? man am well impressed!! even i fluff it up at times!

Anonymous said...

kottankachi!? kottankuchi?!

Confounded! said...

Hey boo!
I was indulging in some good old arbitrary browsing and came across your blog through some convoluted and difficult-to-trace path and i gotta say i soo thoroughly enjoyed it[:)]
Will come back for more!

Adorable kids, btw![:)]

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Subhashree said...

Ain't she cute? Oh I love Ashuisms :)

Jeevita said...

Thats really cute!