It’s been a long time since I wrote about what all Pari has been upto. I have been wanting to record it all from a while but each time somehow words failed me. This post has been sitting in my drafts, been updated almost 8 times but is nowhere near completion. Today I am finally going to complete it.
A lot has happened in the past two months. Pari seems to have grown up suddenly. I say so, for I can now see her understanding most things I say and do. She might not be able to say it aloud, but I can see clear signs that she understands every bit of it.
Her vocabulary has increased from mumma to baaba, bow-bow, abbitt (rabbit) and mooo. When asked,
1) Doggie kaise bolta hai? (How does a dog bark?) : She says, Bow- bow
2) Tota kaise bolta hai? (How does a Parrot tweet?) : She says, Tain -Tain
3) Gaga kaise bolti hai? (How does a Cow moo?) : She says, Moooooo
4) Kabbu kaise bolta hai? (What does a pigeon say?) : she’ll inflate her cheeks and with lips pursed produces a sound ummmmm…ummmm
5) Sher kaise bolta hai? (how does a lion roar?) : she makes perfect roaring sound at that.
The most important is the roaring sound, for everyone around is expected to be scared and show that they are scared each time Pari roars else she gets very angry. That’s her way of scaring us and getting things she wants done.
One fine evening, she was busy playing with her toys while my mum and dad were watching Animal Planet on TV. It was a show about the wild cats and suddenly the lion roared and started chasing a herd of zebra. Startled by the roar Pari turned to look towards the TV and as the lion leapt, she ran screaming with her hands above her head thinking the lion was chasing her.
Needless to say that we all had a hearty laugh that evening.
Pari has a colorful soft-toy dog. Whenever you press his nose he barks…pants…barks. Ever since Pari has started playing with it, every animal on the TV except birds and the lion is a dog for her. The minute she spots any animal on the TV screen she’ll point her finger in the direction and tells everyone, “Bow- bow”.
I have been trying to tell her that it’s not a dog, but I guess it’ll be a while before she’ll start recognizing animals correctly.
At the moment the animals and birds that she meets daily are the only ones that she recognizes correctly and also identifies them by their sound. If you point towards a crow and make the sound of a peacock, she’ll call it a foul by either making the bow-bow sound or will roar like a lion. So we better be right or be ready to tremble in fear like a dried leaf.
Her buddies from the animal kingdom include sparrows, pigeons, mynas, crows, parrots, doves, squirrels, cats, dogs, cows (she has a squeaking cow soft toy and besides gets to see a calf or a cow every now and then on the road) and her most favorite of all, lizards.
She absolutely loves scaring us with lizards. The minute she’ll spot any of them crawling on the wall, she’ll make a hissing sound, “Isss…ghiss” (that’s the name she has given them). What initially started with her recognizing them, went ahead to become a tool of scaring us (us here includes everybody including our domestic help and even guests).
She loves to see us scared to the extent that now she tries to discipline us by simply pointing towards any wall and uttering,” Isssss” and we are supposed to be scared else she’ll start roaring.
She has slowly grown to show her anger effectively. She pounds her feet on the ground, cries loudly and when I try to distract her, she tries to bite me. Yes, she bites with all her might. We have been discouraging her from biting and though there has been a substantial reduction in such episodes, but every now and then, I am the target who gets bitten by an angry baby.
Pari is a fussy eater. Feeding her anything is a very difficult task. Though distraction works sometimes but on most occasions it fails.
Talking about distraction, she is a music lover. All dance numbers are her favorite. Their starting notes are enough to light up her face and she’ll raise both her hands in the air and begins swaying with the beats.
The biggest shocker being she loves all songs of Salman Khan and Emraan Hashmi. Well, her liking is driven strictly by the music beats and I am sure the day she’ll start recognizing Emraan, her liking shall stop suddenly (hopefully).
Besides, the Halkat Jawaani (movie: Heroine), Tu hi mera mera (movie : Jannat 2) and Mashallah (movie : Ek tha Tiger) the one song she absolutely loves and races towards the laptop squealing with joy from any corner of the house is the famous Gummy Bear song. You can see her trying her best to copy every step the gummy bear does in her own way.
I have just realised that I have so much to say about Pari, but I think I’ll do that in another post for Pari is up from her nap and I better run else she’ll start roaring err… start missing me. After all, darna zaroori hai!
The song on my mind : The Gummy Bear Song (with lyrics)