Latest drama scene from the Porcupyn household
Setting: kitchen area
Taco shells are heating in the toaster oven; Katya waiting patiently for them]
[Baab rummages through the freezer]
Porcupyn: (to Baab) What are you looking for in the freezer? (to Mrs. Porcupyn) Is he not eating tacos as well (or à²¦à³‹à²¸à³†)?
Mrs. Porcupyn: He does not want tacos.
Baab: I don’t want either; I am looking for drumsticks.
Mrs. Porcupyn: I think the packet has only one** drumstick; maybe Katya has already eaten it.
Porcupyn (With a guffaw): I don’t think that is what he is looking for.
Katya (simultaneously and louder, with a shriek): Amma! He is looking for an icecream!
(at Baab, an octave higher): You’re sick! You cannot have an icecream!
Baab (still rummaging): Yes I can! [finds one solitary cone in the freezer and immediately rips its cover)
Katya (ready to pounce – whether on Baab or the “drumstick” even Sanjaya wouldn’t know): Amma! He is SICK! He cannot have an icecream.
Mrs. Porcupyn (searching for peace, not peas): Katya, do YOU want the … ummm … drumstick?
Mrs. Porcupyn (relieved): Then let him have it.
[a *ting* sounds in the background, diverting Mrs. Porcupyn’s attention]
Mrs. Porcupyn: Whoops! How did the taco shell get burned? See, this is what happens when you kids distract me when I am in the kitchen. Now who will eat the burned taco shell?
Baab (in his role of the Sherlock Holmes of the 21st century): You should have reduced the temperature!
Katya (simultaneously … and louder, answers the more burnt … errr … burning question): Appa will!! He eats EVERYTHING!
Porcupyn: *should I laugh or should I cry??!!*
* dosa in kannada
** salutations to Deep Foods quality control department. We have never had 0, or 2 or more drumsticks in one packet ever!