My mind fetched out the calculation.
It has been 6 days of Dhruv having nothing to do with the story books he had brought with him from Bangalore in his school bag.
While we were packing our bags at home for the summer vacation, I suggested to him if he would like to pack a few books and out came too many of them. Some had hard cover which made his bag heavier but he was reluctant to leave them behind. To Dhruv’s relief, Papa chipped in to give the hardcover books place in his own suitcase.
“Are you sure you are going to read all these books in Delhi?”, I asked him and he said a confident “Yes”.
‘Fine enough’ was my thought.
And yes, he did read during the first 15 days we spent at Dadi’s place. He read the Fantastic Mr Fox to me in addition to the picture books, he had got with him, and he listened to me read aloud ‘The Little Legends’, the book we had received in the April’s Enchantico Box. Inspite of the marathon running TV, what worked in favour of reading there was no internet and absolutely nowhere to go for various reasons.
15 days later, we moved to Nanu-Nani’s place.
As soon as the elevator reached the 8th Floor of the building where my parents live , Dhruv instantly metamorphosed into a new Avataar, with the blue colour missing of course..
Aankhon main chamak
Chaal main uchaal,
Non-stop shaitaani karne ke liye
ho gaye hum tayyaar.
This by no means was new to me since this has always been the case. Merely landing on this 8th floor absolves him of all the bindings and mannerisms I keep him subjected to. Staying in my parents’ home, every rule book which both of us follow throughout the year gets defied. Additionally, this year he has been stunning everyone with his display of quick-witted opinions and comments and his books have been feeling deprived of his attention.
“Dhruv, you have not been reading,” I remarked.
“Mummy we are at Nanu-Nani’s place“, he made the self-explanatory statement which meant ‘Where is the time to read.”
And, I cannot disagree with all the non-stop action in the house in the form of 5 rounds of Ludo in a day coupled with another board game, adventure sports setting made of jumping over sofas and table, karate demonstrations, home cricket, catch and throw ball, filling water in the cooler twice a day and bombarding others’ minds, throughout the day, with advertising to offer his cooler filling services, worrying about the world’s water problem after watching a programme on Nat Geo, and making songs about the 3 popular names on news channels – Kejriwal, Modi and Trump.
10 more days to go before we get back to routine with the school re-opening..
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