Here’s a dinner time story that Chotu enjoyed. I just made it up as we went along and Chotu helped a bit too. It’s a bit over the top so enjoy… Before that, the rhyme:
Amma: There was once a king.
Chotu: King of where?
Amma: Umm… Hyderabad. (wondering if the kid even knows what a king is)
Amma: So the king and queen lived in a palace with their son
Chotu: What palace?
Amma: Umm… Falaknuma palace
Chotu: What was the boy’s name?
Amma: (searching wildly for a Nawabi name and failing miserably) Mir Salot!
Amma: So, Mir Salot would never eat
Chotu (opens his mouth wide): Nom Nom
Amma: His Amma’s hand got stuck like this (sticking arm out).
Chotu: Nom Nom
Amma: The King was very upset and he went out of the palace to ask people to feed Mir Salot
Chotu: (nom nom) Why?
Amma: Because the queen’s hand was stuck and Mir Salot was becoming very weak. So he said, if you feed Mir Salot, I’ll give you an ice cream. Did anyone come?
Chotu: (nom nom) No!
Amma: No! People said, we don’t want our hands to become like that. We won’t come
Chotu: (nom nom)
Amma: So the King took a mike and said “I’ll give 10 ice creams to anyone who feeds Mir Salot”
Chotu: (stops eating for a second) I want 15 ice creams
Amma: That’s why Babu didn’t go. He wanted 15 ice creams. Did anyone else go?
Chotu: (tiny nom) No!
Amma: Then the King went on TV and asked everyone to help him. One man said, “Go to Babu. He will help you”
Chotu: (giggling) Why?
Amma: Because Babu eats so well!
Chotu: (biggg nom) I want 15 ice creams
Amma: The King said he’ll give 15 ice creams and one steam engine if you help Mir Salot
Chotu: Yes! Yes!
Amma: So, Babu went to Mir Salot. They sat at the dining table and Babu brought two bowls.
Chotu: (rapt attention) What was there?
Amma: Sambar rice and curd rice. Sambar for Babu and Curd for Mir Salot
Chotu: (NOM! NOM! NOM!) Babu ate everything by himself!!
Amma: (smiling) Yes! He showed Mir Salot how to eat.
Chotu: (nomming excitedly) Gabagaba (fast-fast)
Amma: Yes. Mir Salot also learned to eat like Babu
Chotu: Not as good as Babu.
Amma: No, no, not as good as Babu but better than before, no?
Chotu: (final noms) Ok!
Amma: The King was very happy to see Mir Salot eating. So he said a big “Thank You” to babu
Amma: Because now Mir Salot will also become big and strong and tall and clever. (Adds hastily) But not as much as Babu because Babu eats much more than Mir Salot.
Chotu: I’m done dun.
Amma: Yep! Done dun!
Obviously, The Hero thinks I was a bit over the top with the preaching but if there’s one thing I’ve learned about parenting, it’s that subtlety has no place for now. Besides, Chotu was arguing at the very next re-telling saying Mir Salot wasn’t wrong. He was just not hungry.