Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Class Leader II B

Scene I
It was a Thursday. I went as usual for lunch to home around 2 pm. Bumbum, my younger son arrives around the same time from school. That day, he stepped off the school van with a double smile on his lips. He had the badge of Class Leader II B pinned to his pocket. He showed it off to us ( mum – in-law and me). We were happy for him. I asked him to undress and take a shower and keep the badge safe in pencil box. After having lunch, I returned to office.

Scene II
Evening. I return home with a nasty headache. Take a shower and have tea. Feel better. Ask bumbum to show what he has to study for the next day. Thankfully, his father offers to help. He asks bumbum to come up to the room above where he can enjoy a rest while guiding him in his studies. As bumbum follows his father, I ask him to show dad the badge he got from school. He scampers down and opens the pencil box and the badge is missing.

Scene III
I am yelling at bumbum for not keeping his things in place. Boozy the older son says, “He always looses things. Remember he lost the badge last year and we had to give a fine?”

The grand search begins. Everyone is searching , speaking, yelling or murmuring at the same time.

Mother – in – law is complaining, “She ( myself) doesn’t care for anything”

This sets the note of my yelling higher. Father-in-law zooms into scene and yells at me not to yell as Iam setting bad example for kids to follow.

I start murmuring and ask boozy to complete his homework. And I get hold of bumbum and say, “ Don’t stand there like a fool. Think, where you kept it”
Immediately he strikes a pose with one palm cradling the little jaw with the index finger tapping the side of forehead. “ Hmm. Let’s see. I told Kichu about it”
( Kichu is sis- in law ‘s kid who had come over the afternoon with his mom and had left in the evening)
“Did you show him the badge?”
“Then where did you keep it?”, I ask almost pulling my hair out.

The mention of Kichu is enough for FL to ring SIL’s home and ask her about the badge. Poor soul, she has no clue what he is talking about. He asks her to search there.

By this time hubby dear descends from him perch in room above as he was tired of waiting for the student and unable to make calls because the commotion below.

Everyone is searching. The sofa set is moved and the floor swept twice. Various things are discovered. Lost pencils, keys, coins etc. But no badge. The mystery just deepens.

Meanwhile, father –in –law strikes an idea. Maybe, bumbum took it to the park in the evening and showedit off to friends.

“No, No. He lost it before that. I saw him going to the park empty handed”, says MIL
“ You all just shut up”, roared FIL, “ Iam going to solve this mystery and started to dial again.

“Whom are you calling?”, enquired MIL

Pavan’s grandma. Maybe pavan has it.
( Pavan is bumbum’s friend who lives nearby)

“Really”, said she cutting the connection.

“ You just let me”, said FIL and made the call again.

It was getting too much for me. I slipped away to the room above to join bumbum who was already there. I was too tired and just lay down on the bed.

Bumbum slipped out of the room. After a while, I hear a Hooray. Father and son duo come up holding the prize badge which bumbum had pinned inside the bottle holder netting on the side of the bag.

Scene IV
Half an hour lar, SIL calls up. All of the elders are in their rooms after the grand search. Bumbum picks up the phone. She asks him, “ Did you get it?”
“Give phone to grandma”
MIL waddled upto the phone, sat there on the sofa and held the receiver for ten minutes. Silently, she kept it back. And proceeded to FIL’s room.

“Why did you not call her after getting it? She searched the sleeping kid, the house, the clothes and is hurt because she knew it that her son wouldn’t have taken it”

“But I just asked because it wasn’t here”

“It’s no good. She is mad at me”


  1. What hungama and melodrama! I could see the entire household in a frantic search...Grandpa dear loves the kids, right? And Boozy, just like my elder adding insult to an already injured bumbum saying he is never careful with stuff! And icing on the cake (Haha!), the place where bumbum had kept his prized possession! Class II B definitely has great times ahead! :D
    Loved it! :)

  2. I can imagine the confusion and havoc! lol! Bumbum sure is a naughty little kid! Thanks for sharing the grand search story:-))

  3. We know where Class II is headed under bumbum's able leadership....a 'Search' Party! ha, ha!! Funny as it sounds as you recount the incident, I can understand the agony you must have gone through when it happened. Phew...imagine that, pinning the badge where the water bottle goes in!

  4. Solving our country's problems could've been easier than this. :D
    This was so much fun! One of the best sequences is bumbum striking a pose and thinking like a 'Thinking Man.' Maybe you should continue with this under the title: The Chronicles of Bumbum and Boozy - the school, the badge, and the mystery. :-)
    And by the way, Bumbum and Boozy?? Where did you find such awesome nicknames? Very innovative, I should say.
    This is your best post so far. Loved it to the core. Off I go to read it again... :-)

  5. That was such a high intensity drama.
    commotion, tension, tiring situation that was. Is your SIL cool now?

  6. What a traumatic experience!! :) :)
    Good Luck to Class Leader Grade II B.

  7. What a Hungama....and that crucial phone call you never made.Baapree...i hope she is shaant now.Please pass a peck to Bumbum for creating such a wonderful plot for this post.

  8. God!!lol. But when things go out of sight, it becomes really irritating, but then alls well that ends well;)

  9. Destiny's Child
    Innovative bumbum, I should say to find the most secure place.:)

    Novice Writer
    Naughty, you bet!

    Able leadership? Well the teacher didn't think so. He no longer holds office. They change leaders each week, honing skills , I suppose.

    If you liked this, you might like some of earlier posts like Making of a Ballad

    Yes. Cool winds have blown over SIL's hot head.

    Just visualize the class under the able leadership.

    Passed the peck and he has sent Thanks to you.

    A New Beginning
    A storm in a tea cup it was. Funny to think we were frantic.

  10. total fun read! your flow of words and description is so natural ..I thoroughly enjoyed specially all the reactions of family:)..keep writing:)

  11. Antarman
    Thank You for that nice comment. It is really silly when think about the scenes.

  12. wow..nice narration.. loved the scenes..:)..enjoyed reading this..i also sometimes forget the things and their places..:)..any idea for me? heheh

  13. Dear Holy Lama,
    Good Evening!
    the normal scenes of the lives of kids!:)
    when I reach my hometown,while cleaning,I always misplace the important files,other things making life a mess!
    half of the life is spent for searching things!:)
    unless children grow n become responsible,scenes repeat!
    wishing you a wonderful week ahead,

  14. Being Promoda
    Let's ask bumbum, he might have good ideas.

    Good to see you back. True, kids misplacing things can make you loose it.

    Unseen Rajasthan
    Glad you liked it. The photos on your blog are superb.

  15. Hi, this is my first visit .

  16. lolzzzz what a scene... a script for perfect comedy serial m=with enough masti and thrill...
    enjoyed reading it :D

  17. BK Chowla
    Welcome here. A real mix up it was.

    Do you some serial maker looking for a story? Maybe we can sell it, what say you?

  18. LOL

    The quest to find the missing badge. :D
    And u got cute sons.
    I loved reading the goof up. My maa gets irritated too as i misplace my things often.

    Hail kiddo community..!! B-)

  19. Tulika
    Welcome here. I can empathize with your ma.