Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Some times, kids have you stumped, literally and figuratively. Their observation is immaculately tuned.

Here is a short dialogue between self and El Niño last Sunday.

El Niño was busy with TV on the eve of his Monday morning test at school. He was inattentive to us, generally and sunk in cartoon world. It was a frustrating exercise for Señora in prodding La Niña to finish her lessons (La Niña seems to have my genes in day-dreaming with books! :-)), but for El Niño, he is cocky on his capability, kind of a go-getter. His money-math is awesome. No way can he be cheated hoodwinked by us when it comes to money and asks never-ending questions on it. :)

Me: I will give five lakhs to you if you get a state rank and to your Amma if 'La Niña' gets it.
El Niño (all attentive now): Five lakhs! What is state rank?
Me: When you get within the top 10 or top 50 ranks in the entire state? They'll put your name in the newspapers.
El Niño: How will you give me?
Me: In 1000 and 500 rupee notes, cash, from the bank.
El Niño: Okay. Will you give me 5 lakhs if I get first in Monday tests?
Me: No, that is for your 10th standard. Not now.
El Niño: Okay! But you have to give me the money then, but not by taking a loan. (and back to watching TV)
Me/Señora: @#$%^&*

Similar question to La Niña.

Me: Will you be a topper in your tenth? I'll give you 5 lakhs.
La Niña: Mmmm, Grrr, Hee Hee Hee, Whaaaat?, Go away! 


Swaram said...

:P :P :P

Matangi Mawley said...

ha ha!! :D LOL .... smart kid! knows what he's doing...

he has a great future!

good one! :)

R-ambam said...

hahaa ..! smart, thats stumping for sure :)

Ramesh said...

That's why they say girls are smarter than boys. Joining La Nina in Mmmm, Grrr, etc etc.

RamMmm said...

@Swaram- :-P

@Matangi-Hopeful at his future. :-) Thanks.

@R-ambam-:-) yep.

@Ramesh-:-) :-) Y'day, Señora was reading your comment aloud and La Niña woke up from her TV stupor when she heard 'girls are smarter than boys' and exclaimed 'Who said? Who said?'. We were ROTFL.

Vidya said...

I can relate to this so well :) But awesome post... I could visualise a kid sitting in front of the TV responding to your "million dollar" queries LoL

RamMmm said...

@Vidya-Welcome. :-) He surely is conscious of his (and our) money at home. Knows costs as much as we know.

Uttara said...

:-) Tenth std state first doesnt actually count anyway. Many a times, people (read lecturers) have gaped unbelievingly at my records and thereby the value of the said exam diminished so much in their minds :P

But kids these days are amazing. :P

RamMmm said...

@Uttara-You have indeed done well for the record, :-P and not as poor as what you point it out to be. :-)

Venkat.. said...

:):):) had great smile on face reading La Nina quotient. Children are far smarter than elders know.

RamMmm said...

:-D :-D