This Is How I Celebrated Gandhi Jayanti

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
(2 October 1869 - 30 January 1948)
It was October 2nd and I wanted to write something about Mahatma Gandhi, when, out of the blue, I was required to tend to three monsters. My sister asked me to pick up her three kids from the bus stop on their return from school as she had a dinner meeting with her clients. Just because I do not go out to work doesn't mean that I am available for babysitting every other day. I have plenty of unfinished tasks at home—a long list of to-read novels, half-read articles, half-finished blogs etc. etc.

Even so I decided to make the most of this setback. I thought if I could make these devils write something about Gandhiji, I would be spared from the hard work of compiling a blog by googling and copy-pasting from various websites. Thus I handed them notebooks and pens, showed them a picture of Gandhiji from Wikipedia, and asked them to write something about the great man. I sat in the same room with my laptop and browsed Facebook, all the while gloating over the fact that I have three apprentices working for me. Here is what they came up with:

Sneha (Age 11)
Mahatma Gandhi was a great man. Indians love him. He is like George Washington of India. He fought against the British to make India free. Mother often tells me that women are still not free in India. I guess he only fought for men. He was a great leader. He had a lot of children therefore he is called the father of the nation. These days there are many Gandhis in India. Dad says Gandhis have looted India. It proves that Mahatma Gandhi did not give good education to his children, or maybe they have forgotten everything he had taught. Indians still love Mahatma Gandhi and celebrate his birthday on 2nd October. My cousins in India know a lot more about him.

Raj (Age 8)
Gandhi looks very old and also very poor. He doesn't even have clothes. I wish someone celebrated his birthday so that he would get lots of gifts. I think the old man is a little boy like Auro from the movie, Paa, and suffers from an illness in which children become old. I feel sorry for him. Even though he is ugly, I would play with him. He seems a nice boy, who always smiles. It looks like if someone slapped Gandhi, instead of hitting back, he would offer another cheek. I really like him. If he ever comes to my house, I would let him play with my toys.

Riya (Age 6)
Gandhi is an old man. He has two eyes, two ears, one nose, and one mouth. He also has a mustache. He has very little hair. His skin is gray. He has glasses like Harry Potter’s. I don't like Mausi. She is bad. She is wicked. She doesn't let us play. Mausi is so evil that even my superpower friends are afraid of her. Mausaji is also afraid of her. When she finds little children alone, she beats them and shuts them in a dark room in her basement, and then the children become ghosts. When I grow up, I will make her write essays. I hope mommy comes home soon. The food was horrible. I wanted mac and cheese and she made us eat daal chawal.

Huh…what was that? Such ignorance! When my sister Binodini came home, I gave her an earful on how she is not raising her kids well. I told her to teach her kids Indian culture. They should at least know how to respect elders, especially their mother’s sister.

68 comments:

  1. Ha Ha Ha Ha - The evil mausi who gives kids daal chawal to eat and then locks them up in the basement - I almost fell off my chair on reading this !
    I like the part about Gandhi only fighting for men :)

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    1. Thanks Ruchira! Yeah, women are left to fight for themselves!

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  2. LOL,Giribala. Trust you to come up with such ideas. Long live the wicked Maasi!!

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  3. Ah, finally somebody realizes the truth about the man. Kudos to Sneha!

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  4. A perfect example of how children lose their charm and sagacity as they grow older to become a Mausi. Raj gets the Gold Medal, of course! Riya gets the Silver. I'd rather sell away the Bronze and get a few clothes for the naked gray man.

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    1. All the bachchalog tell me to convey their thanks!

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  5. Bad mausi causing the kids to climb on tanki :). I loved the pun on many Gandhis looting India. And, I love the take of the little kids on a man who is only glorified in books now. Great post, Giri!

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    1. I got the tanki connection only after reading Amit's Sholay comment...And now there is news regarding Robert Vadra's fortune :-)

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  6. A wicked masi who feeds children Dal Chawal on The Father of Nation's Birthday! What better answers did you expect:)

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    1. Thanks :-) Gandhiji would have approved the simple daal chawal!

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  7. "It looks like, if someone slapped Gandhi, instead of hitting back, he would offer another cheek. I really like him. If he ever comes to my house,"
    Next, I thought, he'd write I'll slap him and see if he really offers another cheek :)

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  8. The evil mausi reminded me of Sholay. I am sure none of them have seen the movie, otherwise one of them would have added the - Chakki peesing dialogue.
    LOL, loved this post. :)

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    1. To your surprise, all these fictional kids are great fans of the movie Sholay. We ask them to mimic the dialogues whenever we have guests. But thank God they haven't related the Chakki peesing dialogue with their mausi yet :-)

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  9. OMG!! Just fell off my chair laughing!!! Poor kids, tortured by their mausi, who was updating her FB status!!! Love it!!

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  10. Hilarious! Loved this one. Don't tell me you bullied the kids into doing all this on a day which signifies peace and equality for all :P
    Awesome post! :)

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    1. Thanks Akanksha! Kids these days are too smart to be bullied :-)

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  11. I usually don't talk about my experiences in the drawing class in my school. I used to experience that I am invisible and I had watched Mr. India only once. The teacher would look at all my neighbors' drawing books and would always skip mine. Out of fear that I would be labelled as a freak; never told anybody that I know how to get invisible. In those difficult days, the subject matter of this blog topic gave me some reassurances that I could at least draw some hair here and there. And so I survived my difficult years in the school. Long live old man's avtar!

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    1. Nice childhood memory, Mahesh! Good to hear Gandhiji helped you in difficult times :-)

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  12. this is mahesh by the way

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  13. Almost fell off my chair laughing! what a wicked mausi you are, and if little Riya grows up and makes you write essays, you will deserve it :) That is, if you have not already made them into ghosts by then :D

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    1. he he... thank you!!! I am afraid she will lay strict guidelines for the essays and I will have to stop posting mindless articles :-)

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  14. ha ha :D You are wicked indeed and only you can spin such tales.

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  15. Awww.. those were really lovely essays.

    Kids always tell the truth, Giribala! Watch out!

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    1. Thanks Ava di!! I will be extra careful :-|

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  16. Absolutely loved this post. What a great idea to make the kids write their thoughts. Had a really good laugh.

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    1. Hmm...friends have been predicting that she would become a great blogger ಠ_ಠ

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  18. Some kids in India know a little bit more -- but only a little.

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  19. ROFL... Riya's is worth framing. Three cheers to blagadda for getting me here. Still laughing....

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  20. hahaha.. hilarious... a salute to the kids :) Gandhi would be soooooo...'proud'

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  21. Giribala did they really write that? The age difference is so apparent in the thoughts and writing, well done:)

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    1. Thanks Gayatri! These writers are my fictional sister's kids :-)

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  22. if ever gandhiji read this he would give his toothless grin and probably mutter..."us desh[sadda india] ko rakhana [and mausi too] ,mere bachoon sambhaal ke"

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    1. Thanks Dr. Bagwani! At least someone said nice words about the mausi :-)

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  23. LOL...clearly a man for the ages - all the way from 6 to 11!
    Belated Happy Gandhi Jayanti, Evil Maasi! ;)

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  24. Hahahahah...., I cud so picture your expressions reading lil Riyas write up;) God Save Gandhi n Mausi;)

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    1. Hmm...:-/
      My expressions... you mean like this ಠ_ಠ

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  25. that seemed to be a very good celebration..for KIDS :) gud one Giribala... first time visiting your blog and first post actually..

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  26. Child abuse and abuse by children! Loved it.

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  27. Here is one fab writing ! fiction, respect, balance ... Ma Unicorn bless you :-)

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    1. Thank you for invoking Ma Unicorn! I really need the blessings!

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  28. Ah the wisdom of tiny tots & your humor----nice recipe!!

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  29. the wicked mausi , how about some new age history classes for our kids.. i'd enrol mine straightway with you..wonderful post..sharing

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    1. Thanks Sadhana! I actually enjoy the company of kids :-)

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  30. Superb Giri !! Can't stop laughing :-D

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  31. So you are the Mausi ?

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    1. Yeah, I am the Mausi Of the fictional kids of my imaginary sister :-)

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