Wednesday, May 10, 2006

I Know It All

It was raining last evening as I was walking towards Margosa road to draw some money from the ATM. I saw people huddling under trees and shops to protect themselves from the rain. There was this particular family that intrigued me. Much as they were intrigued by a room with glass doors where people went in and came out either with a slip of paper or with real money.
There were a couple of people in the queue before me and as i was waiting for my turn, I couldn't help overhearing the conversation doing its rounds between the members of this family. There was a man and a woman (wife and husband, I assume), a girl about ten and a boy about eight. They were obviously waiting there for the rain to stop and were sitting just outside the ATM.
Their conversation was in Kannada (which I have traslated here)

Woman : What is that, everytime each person comes out he has something in his hand.
Man: Yes looks like paper.
Girl (with an annoyed look) : Arre, didn't you see, they come out with money.
Boy: Money? But there is nobody inside the room, who gives them the money?
Girl: Ayyo, there is some machine inside, that gives them money.
Boy (laughs) What are you talking like a manga (monkey) for?
Girl : Ok, then you tell me, how do they get that money.
Boy: That money is from their own pocket.
Girl: No, they put it in their pocket. Observe carefully, idiot.

I wish I could listen a little more but it was my turn to go in. And as I came out, I heard the boy whisper, ' she has no money in her hand'. To which the girl replied, like she knew it all, 'she put it in her purse'.

Something about the girl made me smile. Maybe her observant eyes, I don't know what. Infact, sometimes kids do fascinate me when they have that triumphant look on their faces. Like the time I saw this little girl in Forum. She was on the escalator heading downwards. And you could make out from the look on her face that she was feeling good and proud about the whole thing - she looked like a queen being carried everywhere in her palanquin. And kids continue to fascinate me with those expressions- be it in a quiz show on TV or when they win a cricket match in the neighbourhood or get a pat on the back for being a 'good boy'.
There is some kind of joy that these little expressions exude- joy that have an uncanny way of touching that cord in your heart.


Blogger Vinayak said...

You'd make a great momma :)

Nice post, very touching. But you should've spoken to the little girl

5/11/2006 9:43 PM  
Blogger Aparna S Mallya said...

:) aw, gee, thnx, kini

ya, i shud have, i guess. but it was raining so heavily, i just wanted to get home asap.

5/12/2006 2:39 AM  
Anonymous vijay said...


5/12/2006 12:26 PM  
Blogger Suds said...

Very nice post. :)

5/12/2006 2:05 PM  
Blogger Shruthi said...

:D Sweet! I had not realized what it might look like, for people who have no idea what an ATM is! Why are you talking like a Manga - takes the cake :D

5/12/2006 9:02 PM  
Blogger Y? said...

hehe- how sweet :) Nice post.

5/12/2006 10:02 PM  
Blogger Wacky Vin said...

nice post.This is kind of information only blogs can cover.

5/13/2006 10:17 AM  
Blogger Aparna S Mallya said...

@ vijay, suds and Y?
Thnx :)

lol, yeah, that was cute, I pressed back a smile.

thnx. and yeah, blogs do cover info that most media don't.

5/13/2006 10:37 AM  
Blogger garcia kafka said...

Nice insight into the psyche of children..Keep them coming..

5/13/2006 9:53 PM  
Blogger Vasu the terrible said...

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5/14/2006 10:42 PM  
Blogger Vasu the terrible said...

Very interesting. Has happened to me so many times.. I had one very similar to your experience last year..

Here it is. Take a look when you have the time.

Monsoon Days!!!


5/14/2006 10:43 PM  
Blogger Harsha said...

Reminds me of the first time I used an ATM, I had seen others use the ICICI cards and those have buttons on the sides of the screen. Mine was a Corp Bank card, and those are touch screen and I was pressing the number keys at bottom and then the security guard came in and told me how to operate .... :)

5/15/2006 1:49 AM  
Blogger Anu said...

Very cute...

5/15/2006 4:54 AM  
Blogger Swapna said...

I rememember when I was a kid, my dad used to take turns in taking me and my sister to the ATM. We would feel so proud when he would let us punch in the pin number and take the money out.

Nice post... :-)

5/15/2006 4:30 PM  
Blogger Shama & Diya said...

Good observations. The age India is living in. Pretty sonon, like cell phones, atm cards won't be such a rare thing among the population.

5/15/2006 8:44 PM  
Blogger dharmu said...

um, remembered my first time at the ATM.
and apy, u will make a great mommy,
me say-me agree with kinimaam.

uh, amma, gee..that will b nice uh?

5/15/2006 9:06 PM  
Anonymous Mario said...

Wow, girls are smarter than boys or may be this girl is just smarter.

5/16/2006 12:06 AM  
Blogger Aparna S Mallya said...

@garcia and anu

@swapna, harsha n vasu,
thnx fr sharing yr experiences. harsha, i had exactly the same experience once and was helped by a handsome dude, next in the line. (yeah, i was already married by then. lol)

yeah, u may just be right!

u bet we r!

aw, *blush blush*

5/16/2006 9:17 AM  
Blogger dev said...

kids have their own waty of observing the world.. what seems to be obvious to us.. is actually not for them.. n then thy think something out of the blue which grown-ups cud never imagine.. n thats what amazes us..

5/18/2006 9:36 PM  
Anonymous Melody said...


I want one of them machines, where I can go in empty hand and come out with money hands....


5/20/2006 3:25 AM  
Blogger Aparna S Mallya said...


don't we all?!!!!

5/25/2006 4:20 AM  
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6/01/2006 8:42 AM  
Blogger Dev said...

Are u sure this isnt a small flshback from when you were a kiddo? :)

But still, a nice piece of conversation to overhear. Takes ur mind off waitin for da money. :D

6/13/2006 12:24 AM  
Blogger rajeev said...

I have often wondered when and why do we (at least some of us) loose that natural instinct to enjoy and taking pride as we grow up. Any ideas ??

7/03/2006 3:51 AM  
Anonymous kavita said...

was a nice thing to read about

10/08/2006 5:23 AM  

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