Thursday, August 7, 2008

When the orange turned green!

A three and half year old Gina sitting in the kindergarten room, angry at her mother for not sending her jam in the lunch but some vegetables, crushes her exam paper into a ball. Crushing the paper doesn’t curb her anger, so she stamps on the paper and feels a little better

All kids dash towards the door as soon as the bell rings handing their respective papers to the teacher, while she keeps sitting there. For she is angry, not in the mood to take any exams, even if it’s only a colouring exercise but she knows just too well that somehow she cant leave the room without turning her paper in.

So she just sits there, not particularly waiting for anything to happen but wanting it to end somehow.

The teacher, Miss T after counting one paper less in her pile, spots the only kid sitting in the last row asks her if she has submitted her's. Gina remains silent and Miss T figures that she herself must have forgotten to pass on the paper to this kid in the first place. So gives Gina one more paper to colour

This one too meets the same fate, joining the first ball under Gina's desk. Miss T having missed this the second time also, asks Gina to submit the paper after a while. Gina too, taking upon the teacher, shows consistency in her behaviour by being silent again. Miss T repeats the question in a loud voice “Where is your paper?" twice.

Not able to withstand her teacher’s lack of observation, Gina points towards the paperballs under her desk.

Miss T, after having spotted not one but two of those paperballs, sitting motionless now after loads of stamping , loses it and gives Gina one tight slap.

After the satisfying experience of slapping Gina, she gives her yet another paper to colour. This time Gina is convinced that Miss T’s sense of observation has been restored miraculously, so she focuses on just getting the whole colouring thing over with.

Gina colours and gives the paper back to Miss T. Both of them are just too glad to leave the room

“Wait, Gina, just one second” – Miss T stops Gina in her tracks. “What colour is an orange?”

Orange” – Gina replies without blinking an eye

“And what colour have you filled in?” – asks confused Miss T.

“Green” – Gina replies without losing a second again

Miss T, angry at Gina’s defiant attitude, takes her to the principal’s office and narrates the whole incident emphasizing on Gina’s nerve to rebel against the teacher so openly. The principal decides to ask the child herself as to why would she choose to colour the orange green when she knows it should have been orange.

“Because its not ripe yet” - declares Gina.

The principal decides to rule in favour of Gina.

33 comments:

zombie said...

Nice storyand very well narrated! Are you Gina?

I Walk Alone!!! said...

Brilliant.... Absolutely brilliant... If its an imaginative story written by you... I would like to stand up for a ovation...

The tender mind of Gina, misinterpretation by the teacher and the way Gina expressed her state of mind in colours was brilliant...

Anand said...

Viva la Gina!
Knows exactly what she wants and is unhappy if she doesn't get it.
She can turn the world around and run it the way she wants to!
Wasn't she a queen in her past life?

Paradox Philic said...

@Zombie - Thanks :)
About being Gina...what do you think?

@I walk alone - If i confess that i am not so imaginative, would you take away my right to say thanks to you??

@Anand - Arent you a sweet darling?? You are giving Gina way too much credit here.Maybe you read too much between the lines or maybe you just like Gina too much to think any less.

As much as i would like to agree with you, i have to tell you this (Damn my obsession for honesty!!)- Gina was/is no queen but just an ordinary little kid who wanted to have the damn ORANGE jam that particular afternoon!! :P

Fictitioustruth said...

Envious orange.

Sue said...

haha
reminds me of the show...kids say the darnest things...
gina sounds adorable. :)

Paradox Philic said...

@Sue - Ha ha i used to love "kids say the darnest things"...
And yes Gina used to be adorable at one point in time :P

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Paradox Philic said...

@Fictioustruth - It would have made a great title only if i could justify it later in the story somehow :P

zombie said...

i think that's you :)

Paradox Philic said...

@ Zombie - Yup its me :)

Che said...

Wonderful story!
Very well told.

Never mess with kids.

Paradox Philic said...

@ Che - Yup especially when the kid is in an angry mood :P :P

I Walk Alone!!! said...

So I wasnt wrong... If you are Gina... then you are indeed brilliant :)

Zubin said...

:o...

Ok first thing first...you were damn smart..and daring :p ...I wish I would have done something like that when I was that young..(I may have but I don't remember...) :D
So you here are my HERO(INE).. :)

You rOck.. \/
:p

and second..shouldn't it be "random biography" instead of "random observation" :D

I don't know your name..so I'll recognize you with "Gina" from now.. :)

Jhayu said...

There's one kid I don't want to play chess with anytime soon...

I'm going to follow Zubin's policy. Nicely, played, Gina.

Paradox Philic said...

@ I Walk Alone - :) I think now i can say "thankyou" as this time then compliment is for exhibiting presence of mind at the right moment rather than on being imaginative to write such a story. Right?

Paradox Philic said...

@Zubin - Thank you dear :)
I am sure you would have done something like this too.... ask your mom ... i did (ask her) and see what i came to know :P :P

And yes..I have always, always wanted to be a heroine OR to rock :D :D so when you say i rock and am your heroine too, my heart dances with joy to have finally reached there!! :D :D :D

And yes you are right about what it should have been called. Random biography instead of random observations...but then i didn't think it was so obvious from the story that Gina is me. My bad!!

About calling me Gina cos u dont know my name.. well i dont mind. Come to think of it, if it has to be some fictitious name...why limit your creativity to a name that i came up with. Choose whatever name you like and i will be game.. really!! :) :)

And thanks once again.. for all the kind words :)

Paradox Philic said...

@ Jhayu - Thankyou for the compliment although i am not sure i would even qualify for "Chess-for-dummies" :)

Toonfactory said...

Hahahaha...nice story...who is Gina BTW???would like to meet her... :)
Lovely Blogs...
Smiles...

Paradox Philic said...

@ toonfactory - Gina is just another ordinary mortal trying to make sense of this chaotic world.

I am glad that my blog could make you smile :)

M Squared said...

Very well written, very touching. Your story took me to an incident in my childhood when I was in grade 2. Everyday, all i wanted to eat in tiffin was maggii noodles, fried and very less soup, and mostly I used to Paranthas in my tiffin. One day, when the quarterly exams were on, the tiffin as usual turned out to be the same old paranthas. Dejected, I binned the tiffin contents, and sat for the maths paper and drew maggii noodles all over the answer sheet and submitted last. Ofcourse, I got a big zero in the results. My mom went in such a shock that I started getting noodles in tiffin post that :D :D

Thanks Paradox for taking me back into the memory register. it certainly did bring a chuckle.

I am sure, many of your readers could relate to it.

Paradox Philic said...

@ m squared - Lol
Good one indeed!!

I Walk Alone!!! said...

Right ;)

Saroj Thakur said...

A fantastic story! i am afraid I may not be the teacher in the story! :) Well I was thinking of publishing this story in our college magazine with your permission. It is wonderful perspective that you have put!

Paradox Philic said...

@ Saroj mam - Thankyou. And about publishing the story,sure mam... i am honoured that you deem it worthy of getting published :)

Parul said...
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Parul said...

Are u Gina ? How could we never see this side of you for all these years..i think i know a different S****a..

Paradox Philic said...

@ Parul - Different? How so? have always been like that.

And all these years, I thought you were quite perceptive.... :P :P

Parul said...

I haven’t been very insightful with a lot of people but in your case it was a general fondness. I always thought u follow things as it appears. (Like all of us did, very insane and unreasonable at times) but now I feel you have a very rational approach to most of the stuff.

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Stupidosaur said...

Thats exactly what I was thinking half way through when you said she coloured it green!

Is Gina you? :)

Kulsoom B. said...

Whoever she is, doesnt matter to me. What matters is the idea of how world can mis-interpret you.

SG, am fan of your writings yar. You must start it again.

Its brilliant.
You have it in you, the imagination, observation, direction, and above all you absorb the reader :)