Friday, June 17, 2005

Want a spare cane?

And there is my little nephew, okay, he's no longer little, who has been such a terror for the entire family. My cousin's kid. When he was indeed little, we would scram the moment we heard him anywhere in the vicinity. I remember the little monster climbing up to our terrace and sitting on the edge with his tiny legs hanging and his hands in the air mocking "Look people, no hands!" And if anybody dared to crane their necks, shade their eyes with a hand and actually look, he threatened to jump.

I secretly kept a cane handy to smack his hide if I ever got a chance. Unfortunately I didn't.

Once when important official guests were over, the poor parents cajoled him into playing in the guest room and quietly latched the door from outside. Surprisingly he never made a racket nor chewed down the door. And when the guests left, the parents opened the door to find him grinning widely, his bottom naked. The next moment they were seized with stench so terrible, they had to cover their noses and scoot. But not before they had a glimpse of the collage on the walls. Of poop. The monster crapped and used his pants to smear the walls, without dirtying his hands, mind you. Eeeww!!!

And over the years, the stories stopping coming, we heard he was reformed, civilized. Hard to believe. He lives in Bangalore now. We hear he got a job recently. So the example-of-perfect-son elder brother with wife goes to meet him. They wait, they look around for him. A slap on the back knocked the wind out of him, and big bro turns around to find himself looking into the face of... his little brother, of course. Except the face itself had about 7 piercings with horrendous rings hanging from them! When he spoke, 2 more studs gleamed on the pink tongue!

9 piercings just on face! No jokes! The kid has some balls! And I am suddenly proud of him. He's living a full life compared to his goody-two-shoes cousins!

Now, I am officially letting go of the cane, which I have been carrying in my mind!

20 Comments:

Blogger shub said...

ha ha! :) Had written a bout my hopelessly brought up cousins' kids too.
Well, i jus hope tehre's hope for my nephew and niece!

5:47 PM  
Blogger Miss Sea said...

This chap sure sounds like a terror. Hope his genius finds the right channels!

7:35 PM  
Anonymous Uma said...

9 piercings! Wow! Every mother's nightmare. Need to make sure my brat never bumps into your nephew ever :)

8:06 PM  
Blogger transience said...

wow. i don't know whether to run or just clap in awe.

8:36 PM  
Blogger transience said...

wow. i don't know whether to run or just clap in awe.

8:36 PM  
Blogger gulnaz said...

wow! some guy!
the wild ones are the best! :)

8:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Canya do me a favour and ask him what it's like to drink hot tea or soup with a pierced tongue? I always wanted to know. Fangs.

Kahini

10:05 PM  
Anonymous Kahini said...

Canya do me a favour and ask him what it's like to drink hot tea or soup with a pierced tongue? I always wanted to know. Fangs.

10:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i loved the line where you had a cane handy :) you are so my kinda person :p

and Kahini, you funny woman! have to ask such questions huh? okay Anumita do ask him and let me know too while you are at it.

Thanks for the laugh :)

Parna

1:39 AM  
Blogger venkat said...

9 piercings-Big rings-2 on the tongue-full life. proud of him?Any time, I would love to hang out with those goody goody cousins.I guess I am old fashioned. I would never ever understand full body Tattos,piercings,red-violet and blue hair colors.

10:04 AM  
Blogger Gangadhar said...

Yeah Anumita..the kids who're naughty will generally become nice ones in the future..I observed o many!! You have seen my post"kids" perhaps..

3:39 PM  
Blogger Pallavi said...

well just goes to say that looks can be deceptive... reminds me of the complaints of my relatives regarding me... LOL

9:26 PM  
Blogger anumita said...

shub: Here upbringing didn't work with the younger one. The first born is the opposite.
Your nephew and niece sound fun!

tipsy: You bet! Hope so too.

uma: Hehehe! Yes, he could give anyone without rings a complex!

transience: It would be a good idea to first run and then clap from a distance.

gulnaz: He sounds much better now. Compared to his earlier avataar.

kahini: I'll ask if I ever meet him. But from what I heard, after a little discomfort in the initial few days, he got used to the jewels and now doesn't feel a thing.

parna: I have quite a few terrors for nephews. And when we were growing up, it was survival of the fittest. So before they got to me, I had to get to them. Hence the cane. I was bigger though not necessarily stronger.

venkat: We have all the gone the way the elders prescribed, on a broader level. This guy continuously continues to surprise and scandalize us.

gangadhar: By no means has he become nice after growing up! Since there's more growing up to be done, we haven't lost hope.

pallavi: So you too were a rebel. Sadly, everything I have done, has mostly been met with approval. But the relatives always like to have their fill.

10:32 AM  
Blogger Nupur said...

wooah!!
I havent seen an Indian with so many piercings!! :D

Hmm... I wonder what he'll be upto next!

12:01 PM  
Anonymous subs said...

hehehe! What a man!

3:30 PM  
Blogger Chakra Sampath said...

> I remember the little monster climbing up to our terrace and sitting on the edge with his tiny legs hanging

- it sent a chill down my spine.

> 9 piercings just on face!

- here i hav my desk neighbour with one on his tongue and I wonder what kinda crazy guy he must be and u talk abt a guy with 9 on his face.. Gosh!!

10:01 PM  
Blogger anumita said...

nupur: We wonder too. Hope it's something really exciting.

chakra: And when he gets tired of them, I am thinking what will he do with all the pierced marks on his milky white face!

1:40 PM  
Blogger Weary Hag said...

This boy sounds much like a cousin of mine. We (sisters and I) would all run and hide whenever we knew Andrew was coming over. There was no end to his antics and we were always on the receiving end. Much later in life, Andrew ended up quite handsome and was married and divorced several times. Gee, we all wonder what kind of nonsense he pulled on each of these wives!
Had I known you much sooner, I'd have called to borrow your cane for sure.

3:42 PM  
Blogger anumita said...

He's quite like Andrew and we ran to hide like you did!
But the kid hasn't found his first wife yet!

4:30 PM  
Blogger Prerona said...

yeah - theres much to admire in these 'brat' kids ... i hv some in my family like that :)

10:36 PM  

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