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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Mothering HANUMAN

Remember my blog entry on School Admissions?
Well…the tension has now reached a peak.
The actual interviews / interaction sessions have begun. And my worst fears are all coming true.
* For 30-40 seats, there are about 1500 applicants, if not more.
* My daughter’s unpredictability is on the rise.
School No.1: She refused to say hello. And that’s not all, upon being offered candies, not only did she grab a handful, she wouldn’t say THANK YOU! We were red-faced with embarrassment.
We didn’t want to create a scene and left it at that. On our way back, when I asked her why she was so unresponsive, her casual “I wasn’t in the mood for conversation” (Kotha bolar mood chhilo na) left me dumbstruck.
School No.2 : While going to the school, I was having my usual chat with my little girl. The normal stuff we talk about everyday on our way to and from her playschool but in a slightly more structured manner....like her name and colours and other stuff she may be asked in the interview. She was particpating in her normal enthusiastic manner. I was relieved but the butterflies kept fluttering in my tummy...

When in the room, the friendly teacher, after the initial greetings, asked my daughter her name. After the initial silence, she looked up with an impish grin, her eyes gleaming with mischief and proclaimed “I’m Hanu!!!!!” I CRINGED and nudged her. She clarified in a louder voice..”I’m Hanuman, this is Sita-Ma(pointing towards me) and that’s Ravan (pointing towards my husband)”
The teacher, after a momentary pause, burst out laughing and commented “very imaginative..she's very fond of Ramayana, is she?”

Interviews for School No.3 and 4 are scheduled for next week.

Would you still say that my hypertension is unfounded???
Bibliography
Hanuman : The Monkey God. An important personality in the Indian epic Ramayana.
Ravan : The villain in the Indian epic Ramayana. His ten-headed persona fascinates my little girl
Sita-Ma : The wife of Sri Rama in the Indian epic Ramanayana.

5 comments:

HR said...

Don't worry. She is definitely going to get a place in school no.2. Innovative.. she should repeat the same thing in interaction sessions of other schools.. although a little embarrassment for parents...

naperville mom said...

god, it reminds me of our childhood! thanks for sharing...

SGD said...

@Naperville Mom: Thanks for stopping by..
Loved your blog and loved your style of writing...

Anamika said...

Cool blog!
Your daughter is adorable! I would admit her if I were the teacher. After all why would she have to talk if she is not in the mood for it?

SGD said...

@Anamika-Thanks for stopping by...
Children are temperamental, arent they!
Fortunately the teachers realised that & she got admission in all the three schools!!! Yippee....