It was amusing to watch the little girl eating in a banana leaf, I said even as we emerged from the restaurant.
What was so amusing? Said my husband .
Well, the poor girl was struggling to transfer the stuff from the leaf to her mouth and didn’t want her mother to help her, I laughed.
Naturally. I really pity her. Probably she is not used to eating in a banana leaf, he observed.
Leave alone eating from a leaf, I don’t think she is used to eating with her fingers, I said.
Then how else can one eat rice mixed with the side dish? He wanted to know.
Ofcourse, With one’s fingers or use a spoon instead, I said.
Well, what does one do if no spoons are provided? I asked him next.
I think there is no option, he stated.
Well, the girl displayed more ingenuity in the situation as the saying ‘necessity is the mother of invention’ goes. I said all praise for her thoughtfulness. She asked for a few papads and breaking them into small pieces was using them as a fork to push food into her mouth, I said.
n.meera raghavendra rao