The following scene took place in our home @ 5.30 am one morning… a few weeks ago…
Puni : (Lazily sipping coffee & talking to kids): Kutties I had a dream last night ! I was in a beautiful forest with lots of trees and rivers. There were some snakes around me !
(The half-sleepy kids perked up their ears & excitedly started a volley of questions !!)
Abhi : How many snakes ma ?
Rahul : What colour ? Were you scared ?
Abhi : How many metres long ?
Rahul : Did it raise its hood and hiss ?
Abhi : Was it cobra or python ?
Rahul : I will catch it like Chotta Bheem does !
Puni : whoa… whoa… kiddos… too many questions !! Well…. the snakes were…
(My mom overhears our conversation & does not allow me to finish the sentence… she rattles off her opinion seriously !)
Grandma K : Punitha, I think it is some dosham. We need to go to some nagalinga temple & pray & offer milk to snakes.
Puni : Hayyo… Ammaaa… plzzz nooo… don’t try to put me thru’ that ‘dosham’ circuit again !! You know it doesn’t help me ! No milk, silk etc !!
Rahul : Mommy, we will give coke or maaza for snake ! (Bcos he is trying to dodge drinking his morning milk and instead dreaming of some cold drink !!)
Abhi : Rahulllll…. snakes can’t drink all that da !!
Rahul : Snakes can drink maaza ! Right ma ??
Abhi : No, it can’t ! (Continues sarcastically) You don’t even have science subject da… only EVS ! I have a separate science book… so I know better… ha ha ;)))
(Before Rahul could think of a retort, Grandma restarts her agenda !)
Grandma K : We should go to Kalahasthi. Last time we visited Tirupati we did not go there. That is the place for naga doshams.
Now that Abhi has firmly established that Rahul is an outsider to ‘real science’, he continues to build up his superiority !!)
Abhi : Rahul, do you know that snakes do not have ears outside their body ?
Rahul : tchchk…. how can that be ? Snakes have ears !!
Abhi : Poda… you dont know any science !
Rahul : I KNOW SCIENCE !! I’ll catch a snake and show you its ears !
(My mom tries again !)
Grandma K : Was the snake’s hood in raised position ? Atleast you go to some local temple today.
(Watching with amusement the animated opinions of her kids & mom, Puni regrets telling out her dream ! She has not even completed describing her dream, but scores of opinions are already floating around !!)
Raising her voice to be heard above the three…
Puni : Wait wait people… let me complete the description ! I was playing in a river in a forest, lots of trees & birds. A few snakes were sliding on the ground, some were hanging from trees !! The weather was cool and only the sound of the breeze, birds & river was heard ! It was like heaven !!
(Addressing her kids) Abhi, we will do a complete read-up on snakes, ok ?! Rahul, we will go to a zoo and see snakes, deal ?! Amma. NO, I’m not going to feed milk in temple. I think this dream is a call from nature for me to go trekking & camping in a forest soooon !! Even if I have to pay obeisance to snakes, I’ll do it in a forest in its natural abode than in a temple !
(Puni finishes her long monologue in the gap she found and spells her decision emphatically !!)
Grandma K : One more trek ???? No. Go to temple.
Kids : I’ll also come to the forest !
Puni : Only trekking in forest !! Time to go on a TREK & sleep under the stars !!!
Kids continue their one-upmanship dialogues and also plan to go to a forest with Mommy !
Grandma goes to Pooja shelf to search for some sloka to safeguard against snakes !
Puni rushes off to check out the upcoming treks in CTC ;)) !!!
Peace reigns again !!
This happened few weeks back !
3G Frequency variance – 3 Generations interpreting a dream in 3 (or 4 !) different ways !!
Forward to the present :
Fortunately, a CTC kids trek (with parent) is coming up this weekend and me & my kids are gearing up for that !! So, this weekend, its time to walk in the forest, jump in the pools, sleep on rocks under the stars… and yeah, pay my respects to the venerable snake !!!
I believe now that dreams do come true !!!! So I’ll continue dreaming !!!
Happy weekend folks !! ‘Citi’zens, stay safe in the cities ;))