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Do you talk to God, grandpa?

” Let us wrestle Thathu ”

“What if you lose?”

“I will give you everything I have plus my wafers”

“What if I lose?”

“You will be my slave for life”

I am inclined to lose – willingly! Wrestling starts. Pratyush gives a ferocious cry and roars “I will teach you a lesson”

I mock him  “What lesson can you teach me? ”

“The lesson to be my slave” He roars in reply



Conversation with Arhan. I am trying to explain the difference between hearing & listening.

“Arhan, what do we use our ears for?”


“What else?”

“Holding the hearing aid?”

I lost my case!



Pratyush says he is going to call me ‘Dhar’. (Dhar from Sridhar) So I say “I will call you ‘Ush’ ”

“No, you call me Mr H.”


“That is the last part of my name”



“Thathu, do you eat eggs?”

“No, Pratyush”

“Why not?”

“Because my Dad told me not to. ”


“Because it is not vegetarian.”

“But it is vegetarian ”

“My guru said it is not”

“Don’t listen to them Thathu, just listen to your body.”




Conversation with Pratyush

“Thatha you don’t have Bhuddhi”

“Who told you that?”

“Ammamma. She told me that when I was two and a half. ”

“And you remember that?”

“Yes because I have buddhi”

“What is Bhuddhi?”

“It is when you use the brain and mind to do good things”


“Actually you have it but don’t use it… Much”

“How do you know?”

“Because you are funny…”

” If I am funny I don’t have Bhuddhi ?”

“It means that you are using it to be funny”

I gave up….



Pratyush to me

“How come God doesn’t come in person and give us what what we want?”

“They already do”

“Really… I have never seen them…”

“You see them every day they have come in the form of Mommy & Daddy…”


I got some respite and quickly vanished before he could ask me more difficult questions



Arhan finished his morning ‘sandhyavandanam’ and prostrated before us.  He completed it with the traditional
‘abhivaadaye’ ( a traditional way to introduce ones self). In response the elders bless the child with long life, good health, wealth etc. I added “May you have 100 children” to the list, just to see how Arhan responds.

His spontaneous response
“That will be a lot of diaper changing!”


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Sridhar Ramanathan is the Founder of IDEASRS, where he is also a Strategic Innovation Coach. Sridhar’s mission in life is “to help those who want to do things better and differently”. His work involves conducting creative problem solving workshops for clients, and buidling competencies in creativity and innovation. He also blogs at www.ideasrs.com.

One thought on “Do you talk to God, grandpa?

  1. Kritika Srinivasan

    Thank you for sharing this with us, Sridhar. I have been following your FB posts as well. Your grandsons are so innocent and say the wittiest things. They seem to be a live demo of all the things your blog posts speak about – encouraging creativity, communication, independent thinking in children, etc. And the result is here for all to see!


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