28 February, 2010

Middle Wife Story

I've been teaching now for about fifteen years. I have two kids myself,but the best birth story I know is the one I saw in my own second grade classroom a few years back. When I was a kid, I loved show-and-tell. So I always have a few sessions with my students. It helps them get over shyness and usually, show- and-tell is pretty tame. Kids bring in pet turtles, model airplanes, pictures of fish they catch, stuff like that. And I never, ever place any boundaries or limitations on them. If they want to lug it in to school and talk about it, they're welcome.

Well, one day this little girl, Erica, a very bright, very outgoing kid, takes her turn and waddles up to the front of the class with a pillow stuffed under her sweater. She holds up a snapshot of an infant. 'This is Luke, my baby brother, and I'm going to tell you about his birthday.' 'First, Mom and Dad made him as a symbol of their love, and then Dad put a seed in my Mom's stomach, and Luke grew in there. He ate for nine months through an umbrella cord.' She's standing there with her hands on the pillow, and I'm trying not to laugh and wishing I had my camcorder with me. The kids are watching her in amazement. 'Then, about two Saturdays ago, my Mom starts saying and going, 'Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh!' Erica puts a hand behind her back and groans. 'She walked around the house for, like an hour, 'Oh, oh, oh!' (Now this kid is doing a hysterical duck walk and groaning.) ' My Dad called the middle wife. She delivers babies, but she doesn't have a sign
on the car like the Domino's man. They got my Mom to lie down in bed like this.' (Then Erica lies down with her back against the wall.) 'And then, pop! My Mom had this bag of water she kept in there in case he got thirsty, and it just blew up and spilled all over the bed, like psshhheew!' (This kid has her legs spread with her little hands mimicking water flowing away. It was too much!) 'Then the middle wife starts saying 'push, push,' and 'breathe, breathe. They started counting, but never even got past ten. Then, all of a sudden, out comes my brother. He was covered in yucky stuff that they all said it was from Mom's play-center, (placenta) so there must be a lot of toys inside there. When he got out, the middle wife spanked him for crawling up in there.'

Then Erica stood up, took a big theatrical bow and returned to her seat.

I'm sure I applauded the loudest. Ever since then, when it's show-and-tell day, I bring my camcorder, just in case another ' Middle Wife' comes along.

The above story is reproduced from a forwarded mail. - Author unknown

03 February, 2010

M.K.Jinachandran of Kalpetta

Recently I was invited to a wedding at Sulthan batheri in Wynad district of Kerala State. Sulthan batheri is the vernacular version of Sulthan’s Battery. Sulthan referred to here is none other than the Tippu Sultan of Mysore. It can be safely assumed that the Sultan camped at this place with his army during his march to annex Kerala.
While returning I dropped in at Vijaya Mahal to visit my friend M.J. Vijaya Padman. Padman is the first cousin brother of M.P.Veerendra Kumar Ex Member of Parliament from Kozhikode and Managing Director of the Malayalam daily ‘Mathruboomi’. Padman is also a director of the same. Padman’s father M.K. Jinachandran was a member of the 2nd Lok Sabha – the lower house of the Indian parliament and a regional whip of the congress party in Parliment during 1961-62 and was also an executive committee member of the congress party during 1961-62.
I am reproducing below a few photos of the period in which Shri M. K. Jinachandran and others can be seen along with the then Indian Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. (click on the photos to enlarge)
Members of the second Lok Sabha
M.K. Jinachandran standing directly behind Pandit Nehru
Congress Executive Committee Members 1961-62
Congress Parlimentary regional Whips 1961-62