Chocolate & Childhood

by Kavita

“One espresso escape and One drinking chocolate.” She said.

Me, my partner and my sister (who is visiting us for a month) were at Ghiradelli Square a couple of days ago. Despite that the place is a tourist trap and the quality of their products is not extraordinary, we salivated at our chocolate delicacies; within minutes, all the cocoa disappeared.

It reappeared in the form of hysteria.

Just like regular intoxication, we have no clarity on how it all started. My sister and I began to laugh at some childhood games that we used to play. One thing lead to another and we cracked up on how strangely senseless those games were. And yet, so much fun that they gripped us for the rest of the night. We had to leave Ghiradelli before we got arrested for ‘suspicious’ behavior. I am not kidding, we couldn’t control our laughter.

When we reached home, my partner decided to film our games, replayed after 20 years or so. These days, that video brings me out of intermittent episodes of depression.

It’s strange that when we are children, things make less sense and are a lot of fun. As we grow old, we try to find sense in everything that we do and miss out on a lot of fun.

Hence, I refuse to grow up.

Here are the scripts for the first clapping game and the second clapping game.

“Umajoshi ye ye ye
My mother she told me six years ago
There was an old lady knocking at the door
With a Ooh, Aah, I want some Pah!!(?)
The Pah is sweet, I want some Meat
the meat is tough, I want to go by bus
The bus is full, I want a bull
The bull is fat, I want my money back
The money is green, I want some cherry beans
The cherry beans are red, I want to go to bed
The bed-sheet is green, you are a fairy queen
S. T. O. P comma comma STATUE
J.U.M.P Jump!”

2) In Hindi

Aao milo shilo shalo
kacha dhaga race laga lo
dus patte tode
ek patta kacha
hiran ka bacha
hiran gaya pani mein
pakda uski nani ne
nani gayi london
wahan se layi kangan(in our video we crack up because my sister mistakenly says ‘wahan se layi gardan (neck)’)
kangan gaye toot
nani gayi rooth
nani ko manayenge
ras malayi khayenge
ras malai achi
hamne khai machi
macchi mein tha kanta
humne khaya chaanta
chaanta pada zorse
humne khaye samose
samose bade thande
master ji ke dande!