I only realized into the 3rd week of school, why parents dread the central syllabus apart from the glamour attached with it. Since my juniors school had “done” away with the state syllabus and discreet inquiries revealed that “who will keep changing the tune as and when the state politician decides what should be the language of instruction?”, I agreed to that logic otherwise try explaining simple math’s to the kid in kannada rather than English and vice versa alternative months!!!
Trouble did not start abruptly but rather built up like the revolutions of a BMTC bus. First it was get bhindis of this size and color – no issues, it was resolved in 4 trips to the local bangle stores – 2 by me and 2 by grandmother. That shop owner had to nearly display “out of stock” board after the 9th kid visiting his shop for similar merchandise. Understand he has signed a MOU with a African country for importing the same!
The next week made him to colour a house neatly created by joining some dots. You may ask what’s the problem – the problem is that junior needs to buy 24 shades of a particular branded pencil to do that. While better half insists that it has to be X brand as its durable, only I understand the cost of that set… I didn’t even spend that type of money for my collage days. What the heck…
Last weekend was the nerve test for me. The project work had to have the group photograph of family, a friends photograph solo and with Junior.
Whom so ever was the author of that book, would be very old fashioned or lived in villages where at least 2 generations of people lived, saw, smoked and fight each other on daily basis. Thankfully we had the generation around but getting them for a full dress rehearsed photo was too much. As usual I decided to cut cost by clicking the digital image and printing the same.
So finally after the photo session, it was the turn of the studio owner to slacken my bulging pockets full of 10 Rs notes. He said 1 photo can’t be printed, it’s a package deal of 4 Passport size and 4-stamp size. Take it or leave it!!! Just before asking for stamp size, I gulped and paid the money.
Hearing this, my friend who is a lucky fellow with no issues despite 4 years of happy marriage commented – “future is tense”, tell me the pastense of this English sentence?
I know, studies don’t mean just homework’s for kids anymore, its hard work for the parents including a mini World Bank loan!! Am thinking of starting a stationary shop…any investors?