Cow no more

4 Jan

During our recent trip to India, especially on drives between my parents’ place and my in laws’ place in Bombay, I often pointed out my favorite city spots to Bandar.  Marine drive, my favorite pizza spot, the train stations, the restaurant near our college which the husbadoo and I frequented, bus depots I commuted from in days of yore. But Bandar being a two year old, was absolutely fascinated to see some animal population on the streets. Granted Bombay  streets may not have a crazy wildlife offering, she still managed to spot a decent amount of cows, usually the lone ones tied up outside temples. On a side note, I have to mention that a two day trip to Lonavla was Bandar’s dream come true as she saw chickens, goats, pigs and even a moth eaten camel . Though she stands by the fact that pigs are her favorite animal,  it was the few sparse cows of Bombay that she requested to see every time we stepped into the car in the city.

To add to this cow spotting on the road, Bandar was also introduced to a ton of old Hindi songs by my dad this last month. Bandar soon learnt to sing and enact some kid friendly numbers – Lakadi ki Katti, Hain na Bholu Bholu , Chal Chal mere Saathi to name her top favorites.  One of my favorite moments of the trip was Bandar belting this out sitting on her bean bag throne at my parents’ place during Karoake night at home with my parents. She sings these with a strong American accent, so it is fairly funny to watch.

Now coming back to the cow. Bandar is one for observing minute details. In this “Haathi” song, there is like at some point mid song in the video, for maybe two micro seconds, a cow crossing in the background. Bandar somehow spotted this cow and requested everytime that we rewind to this point for her to spot it again. Anyway, she soon went from calling this the “elephant song” to the “cow song”. Her enactments of these required her cast (me and other family members ) to not only pose as elephants pulling and pushing her pretend car but also at some point to run across the stage as a cow.

All this cow obsession went on for a few days past our India trip. Then all of a sudden two days ago, as she was enacting this favorite song of hers in our friends’ living room here in DC, where we are visiting at present, she froze mid enactment and had a weird blend of pretend and reality in her little toddler brain. She kept pointing to a random chair in the living room and said she was scared of the “pretend cow”. And that was it. She announced she was “very scared” of cows. She refused to sing this song again or act it out. She has some story books where the cow is not even the central character but just shows up on some pages, and she has kept those books aside for now and told us she will not read them as they have cows.

So there we are. Cows no longer welcome here – pretend or real.

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4 Responses to “Cow no more”

  1. Dil On The Rocks January 4, 2015 at 4:50 am #

    hahah. Cute Bandar. We watched that song a million times maybe, but I don’t remember spotting that cow. Will keep an eye next time.

    • popgoesthebiscuit January 4, 2015 at 10:28 am #

      If you blink you will miss this cow. Seriously, tiny and in the background.

  2. smdeea11 January 4, 2015 at 10:22 am #

    She is so cute! But what scared her so much?

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