I have had to endure these rhymes 7 billion times a day before I get to squeeze in 1 small spoon of this thing called "formula" or this concoction called "Yo! baby" into my daughter's mouth. I thought why not publicize the 'maaaberum' efforts of the people who put these rhymes together in YouTube. Also since I will (a) have dictatorial rights over my off springs for the foreseeable future (and beyond), (b) make choices for them & (c)determine whats right and wrong for them before they have a chance to intercept me - I will go on to pick what my daughter's the top 5 favorite nursery rhymes are:
5. Kai Veesamma
This ultimate rock style song is so peppy that I can squeeze 2-3 tablespoon worth of 'formula' by the time this song ends. The great thing about the way this rhyme has been rendered by the artists is that - I now don't get Sivaji Ganesan's image in my head everytime this rhyme is referred to.
I loved this song so much that I plan to buy a Pambaram during this India trip. SOkkan and SOmu - suber appu.
3. Odi Vilayaadu Paapa
Dude Bharathi makes an appearance in this song. The reason why he is cool is because he wants children to play ALL evening. The way he has proportioned education in the day's schedule will strike terror in the hearts of desi parents who send their kids to [897325612 crore billion raised to the power of billion] classes every week.
2. Dosai Amma Dosai
Dosai is pretty much the best tiffin in the world. It is very appropriate that this be one of the first things a child is taught. Its sets the correct priorities in life. The appa character here is the perfect Thamizhan. He has a paunch, sad face, and eats the most in the family. I found myself humming this song on most days.
1. Kuva Kuva Vaathu
By far the cutest rhyme in town. I used to think I was not one of those characters who go 'awww..'. I was more or less a 'eewwww..' person. But this 'vaathu' makes you go the former route. Cartoonist zindabaad. My daughter has this rude way of demanding for this song ALL THE TIME. Every single second of the day is time for 'uva uva'. That, ladies and germs, is a testament to the power of the 'vaathu'. A mere reference to this song will shut bawling babies. Another nice thing about the song is the open outdoorsy feel. Baby is near a lake and is playing with ducks. How awesome is that?
Across The border
Special reference has to be made to Malayalam nursery rhymes, which we stumbled upon as a result of random Youtube references. And 2 of them stood out.
What a delightful song. Very energetic and catchy tune.
B. Kiyam Kiyam
This song is like a super favorite. Maybe because its easy to understand for the average thamizhan. These malayalis from across the border love their banana trees.