Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Nanas Say the Darndest Things

When she was younger, my cousin Maliha used to have a tutor come to her house and help her with schoolwork. Being a bright and spirited child, she hated this and tried her best to get out of the situation. One day, however, the tutor showed up earlier than usual and Nana came to call her.

"Nana, unko keh dain Maliha ghar main nahin hai! (Nana, please tell him Maliha's gone out!)" she pleaded with our grandfather who, glutton that he is for his children's happiness, went downstairs and sincerely informed the tutor, "Master sahab, Maliha keh rahi hai wo ghar main nahin hai. (Sir, Maliha says she's gone out.)"

The man looked at him, smiled and left.

12 Comments:

Blogger chai said...

HAHHA i like that. man grandparents do so much and it's funny to hear your parents say oh they're strict but the truth is that they're only strict with their children, not their grandchildren. that's why i love staying here. i'm treated like a princess

1:00 AM  
Blogger Crazed Teacher said...

awww thats so cute. i only knew my nani and she would hide candies for everyone in her cupboard and call us individually and tell us that i am giving this to my best grand child dont tell anyone :)

3:56 AM  
Blogger Sujatha said...

Our parents were made for our children.

5:32 AM  
Blogger Zab said...

haha me and my sister used to do the same thing with our 'Kaari sahib' lol

7:32 AM  
Anonymous Bushra said...

hahah.. yeah whenever the bell rang at our place my cousins would shout, "Qari Saaaaaaaaab" and dive under the sofa, etc. Once they were reading the Qur'an with him during an afternoon lesson and the bell rang. Unconciously they all shouted "Qari Saaaaaaaaaaab" and then realised he was sitting right there already. hehe.

8:54 AM  
Blogger karrvakarela said...

Chai, Ushi, Sujatha: yeah grandparents really are that; grand.

Zab, Bushra: we had a "kaari sahab" alert at home too. Apparently it's a universal phenomenon.

12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you know my kids could make out from the tone of the bell that it was Qari sahib. uncanny aint it. once I asked my daughter how do you guys know? she replied the bell dosent ring when he pushes it it chants Qariiii Saaab

12:08 AM  
Blogger Anjum said...

cute story - and bushra's is even cuter. I never had a Qari Saab and so no Qari Saab alert!

7:59 AM  
Blogger karrvakarela said...

Anonymous: hahahaha, yes, that is uncanny. But then kids have a stronger sense of intuition than their grown-ups.

Anjum: no Qari sahab alert? You poor child.

2:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assalam U Alaikum Bro.,

Your friend T says Salam. When are you planning coming this side. Your city got a brand new blogger from Karachi.

...and I am 1M.

4:27 PM  
Blogger karrvakarela said...

Anonymous: wa alaikum salam and welcome to Al Ain. Would that be T who works for the cheese company or T who's just started going to school? Whatever the case, you need to introduce yourself properly so that you can be inducted into Al Ain's pleasures. (Yes, all two of them.)

9:23 PM  
Blogger karrvakarela said...

Re: Anonymous aka 1M. I realise now who this is and am embarassed to admit you beat me at my own game. How are you and my friend T? 1 metre, eh? Still going on random midnight adventures in search of Chapli kebab?

2:57 PM  

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