It was a day when lightning struck outside our apartment building with fire blazing all around and I called out to Dhruv to come outside in the balcony to watch what was happening. He refused stating he had just discovered the world of the newspaper asking me not to disturb him.
If you are wondering and feeling pity for me that I am living in a burnt down neighbourhood, then let me assure you the above big event happened many months ago. Dhruv discovering the world of the newspaper was the big event.
Lightning! That never happened, not in a dramatic way described, and, for sure, not that day.
Don’t we have the penchant for creating drama in our lives? While some actually create drama in their own (and often others’) real lives, there are some others who create
unwanted and undesirable drama in the otherwise boring writing of their boring lives. Yours truly falls into the latter category.
Cutting the drama and the philosophy short, the big event did not happen on its own. It took months of laziness on my part to reach this juncture.
- My laziness to clear the previous days’ newspapers from the centre table and from elsewhere in the living room which resulted in huge pile-ups.
- My laziness to wash the table mats and thus I placed newspapers under Dhruv’s plate, folded in all sorts of ways depending on which page I had read last, during meal times to take care of the food he spills.
- My laziness to pick up the newspaper from outside the main door every morning meant I asked him to do it.
Dhruv has a fancy for the written word. Hence with newspapers everywhere, there was no way he could have avoided opening and turning the pages to scan and read news headlines. The whole article below the headlines is too much for him to understand but this does not mean he didn’t come to me with his questions and often interpretations and analysis.
Oh boy! Let me warn you about a 6-year-old analyzing news headlines.
Headline – Nirmala flies off Sukhoi.
Analysis – (Our maid) Nirmala is not going to turn up for cleaning because she has gone off to fly fighter jet (Sukhoi is a fighter jet with Indian Air Force).
The person Nirmala in this news is the Defence Minister of India. And, my maid with the same name had a moment of glory that day.
Headline – FIghting a two-front war
The image with this news showed the flags of Pakistan and China.
Analysis – War is going to start between India and Pakistan & China. Does this mean that the programme at the Wagah Border will be stopped?
Sensing this could be scary, I had to pacify by telling him there is no war happening in the immediate present times.
Analysis – The women of Saudi Arabia are racing right to reach Iran.
The world map gives proof that Iran is to the right of Saudi Arabia.
Headline – 34 dead in twin bombings in Libya’s Benghazi
Analysis – Mummy has to work hard with her Geography knowledge.
This news summoned the world map to check where is Benghazi exactly in Libya. Later, he quizzed me in which country is this place and I, absent-mindedly, replied Afghanistan. So, I have to work really hard on my Geography.
Let us embrace ourselves for more such news analysis in the future.
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