My brother Ahmed, aged 6, was in my room. All of us had changed into our night suits. I was putting on Mehndi on my little cousin’s hand and Ahmed was in the room with us, drinking water from his mug. Drinking water from his mug felt quite peculiar to me, normally he would use your average transparent glass through which, well, you could see what was being drunk. Nonetheless, I asked him what was drinking:
Ahmed: Nothing, just water!
Me: Kahan se liya?
Ahmed: Fridge say, yaaar.
Me: OKAY. *eyes suspiciously*
After our conversation ended, I continued mehndi-o-fying my little cousin only to stop suddenly in my track when I realized that there was Sprite® (A big attraction for Ahmed) in the fridge!
Read the rest of the amusing story of childhood innocence, after the break!
The Secret is Out
I don’t know but, as I was looking down at the mehndi, I caught Ahmed glancing into his glass and smiling to himself from the corner of my eye. You really can’t hide things from your elder sister
A few minutes later, he goes out of our room to put his glass back. He left the door open so I hear him laughing to himself in the lounge. Now when he comes back, I again the see the very indifferent casual look on his face which would suggest, to other people, that everything was normal and this is all routine.
Me: Why were you laughing when you went outside?
Ahmed: *passes that I-think-she-knows look* Paani bauhat acha tha…
It was all but confirmed at this point that my kid brother was actually drinking Sprite® instead of H2O. A couple of seconds later, Ahmed goes “BUURRRRrrrp!” and boom! The secret is out!
We all start laughing like maniacs, I’d even say we were “ROFLing” or “Rolling on the floor, laughing”. After all, the master secret was out! Ahmed was particularly happy that he managed to keep a secret for so long.
Happy, Innocent Children
The thing that amused me the most about this was how little children can be so, so very happy and get excited over the littlest of things in life. It makes me wonder how we “grown-ups” were like back in the old days; choti choti sharartein here and there and we would be happy all day long. Little innocent gossips, chit chat, getting scolded at times from parents… life back then was pretty, pretty awesome.
This article is dedicated to all those people who were with me when I was that teeny tinny girl, to all those people with which I’ve had the honor of playing oonch-neech, to those with which I’d have little water fights at chutti time, to those I used sit with in congested van on trips… those ice cream parties, birthday parties… to all those people with whom I have shared moments from my early childhoold and now meet each other as grown-ups. Just so you know, I LOVE YOU!
Finding That Silver Lining
should must fund something for us to smile about, each and everyday of our lives. Find happiness in the people and things that surround you. Find that silver lining and live life to the fullest!
Every man dies. Not every man really lives.
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