WA, Prema and Prema’s little one – Avni went out for an Independence Day Special lunch today to East Ham. Among other things, it was Avni’s first time in a Tam restaurant. WA and I pulled Prema’s leg nonstop about the ambitious post she had written once about her aspirations for her daughter.
First off, little Avni has her mum wrapped around her finger. Prema will be absolutely unable to refuse anything Avni wants. The other thing, Avni is a stubborn little kid, and whenever Prema says – “No you can’t have that”, the little one is all the more adamant on getting her hands on the banned object.
So while Prema didn’t really want her kid to get involved with music, Avni insisted on dancing to all the Tam songs which we played for her at home. Through an astute system of elimination, we have figured out that she’s a big Ilayaraja fan. Any number from the 70s and 80s with the hint of 16 beats and synth has her jumping up and down. (She doesn’t quite stand yet, so you have to hold her upright while she does the jumping.)
But here was the BEST part of the day. While Prema attempted force feeding Avni Cow and Gate blandness, Avni promptly spat it out or cheated. Or just pursed her lips so tight, that the spoon could barely graze her lips. We then tried to give Avni idlis, vadais and dosai. Which she promptly gobbled up. Her tiny hands were just aching to get to all the plates. Anything with salt in it. She loved it! At one point Prema asked -Avni do you want your mum or idli. We don’t know if Avni understood anything, but she promptly reached out for the plate with the idlis on it. Aha! She opened her mouth WIDE everytime an idli was nearby.
This little one – she loves Ilayaraja, likes her idlis. If that is not Tree-Tamil, what is?