Porcupyn's Blog

December 19, 2009

One Two Three Four Five – A Katya Tale

Filed under: Family,Humour — Porcupyn @ 9:35 pm

Katya is spending some quality time with her grandparents. Grandma is teaching her nursery rhymes that are either oh-so-20th century, or failed to cross the Atlantic, or have not yet reached Katya for some other reason.

[As narrated by Katya’s Grandma]

Grandma: “One Two Three Four Five Once I caught a fish alive!”

Katya: “Did you really catch a fish, Grandma?!”

Grandma (playing along): “Yes I did.”

Katya: “Was grandpa helping you?”

Grandma (applies boolean logic): “No.”

Katya: “Where was he when you caught the fish?”

Grandma (to use a chess term … pinned, but escapes the check): “He had gone to the temple.”

[a little later, as observed by Grandma]

Katya (in a singsong voice with action): “One Two Three Four Five Six Seven … Once I caught a Swan!”

December 13, 2009

“Age is Just a Number”

Filed under: Sports — Porcupyn @ 9:25 am

The local library hosted five-time Olympian Dara Torres, and obviously, I had to go listen. Too bad Baab is not here right now; he would have loved to be there. Anyway, I got to record most of her motivational* talk (I hope there is no copyright on that; at least, the audience was not told not to record). Here is the first segment (all five segments are on YT):

Apologies for the relatively poor video; the emphasis, of course, is on the audio.

The audience loved her speech and, when I left, there was a really long line of kids queued up for autographs, book signing and photos.

* = Not that I am searching for motivation – my mother started her teaching career after she was 40, in the India of the 20th Century


Dara Torres signs copies of her book


December 12, 2009

Where in the world would you go …

Filed under: Quiz — Porcupyn @ 9:10 pm

… to gas up?!

[Quiz restricted only to those who think they have not been to this airport. Honour system applies, of course!]


Gas National Airport?

December 5, 2009

A Thousand Words …

Filed under: Family,Humour,Photography — Porcupyn @ 5:00 pm

… in response to a thousand!

One, two, or three monkeys??!!

December 4, 2009

Yahoooo!!! – another Baab tale

Filed under: Cinema,Family,Humour,Music — Porcupyn @ 12:25 am

[as related by Mrs. Porcupyn]

As part of normal co-curricular activities in Baab’s school, an intra-house quiz competition was underway. Participants were from Class IV through Class VII, and the audio-visual round was on. An actor’s photo was displayed on the screen – participants had to identify him. No one from Team 1 could figure out who the actor was. All the other teams passed as well. The question now goes to the audience. Baab has his hand raised high… and, when asked, answers the question correctly!!

No prizes to my readers if they guess the actor without audio or visual clues! Suffice it to say that to a kid who I rocked on my lap to songs such as ‘सुन लो सुनाता हूँ तुमको कहानी‘,  ‘चक्के में चक्का‘ and ‘अकेले अकेले कहाँ जा रहे हो‘ (audio and/or video) when he was a toddler, it was child’s play 🙂

Baab’s grandfather was heard commenting that Team 1 would have easily answered the question had it been Shah Rukh Khan or Aamir Khan. My response was that Baab would need to spend a few days at his uncle’s place to get to know those gentlemen (on the tube, not in real life).

A related thought: When I was in school (and probably even today), old songs were dubbed a ‘दादाजी के ज़माने का गाना’ (grandfather’s song). In this particular instance though, that term is pretty accurate given that I learned – and learned to appreciate – these very songs by listening to my father hum/sing them when I was a kid!

* – to those born in the 21st century … or later(!!) (if you are reading this post), the answer to the quizmaster’s question is/was Shammi Kapoor!

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