I'm watching Discovery channel while having my lunch. There is a fascinating feature on the dinosaurs, and how they were wiped out.
'Yeh kya hai?' I turn around to see the K is at the door, squinting with frank curiosity at the TV- obviously wondering what these strange creatures being shown on the screen are.
'Yeh...dinosaur kehte hai' I tell her, forming my next sentence carefully 'Yeh pehle hote the'.
'Achha, achha. Pehle hote the', she mutters, and I turn back to the TV. She asks 'Pehle kya hote the?'
'Yeh...aadmi se pehle hote the...' I say, trying hard to explain. 'Bahut pehle'
'Achha, bahut pehle' she says, seeming to understand. She adds 'Yeh aadmi log ko khaate the?'
'No', I can see this is not going well 'Uss samay aadmi nahin the, na...yeh pehle ki baat dikha rahen hai...' I struggle to find the word for millions and give up 'Hazaaron saal pehle ki baat hai'. I find this phrase inadequate and try to make up by flailing my arms emphatically and saying 'Hazaaron, hazaaron, hazaaron...'. I stop waving my arms after I nearly fall off the sofa.
It seems to have worked. We watch the rest of the feature in peace. I am quite happy to have imparted some wisdom in her direction. And then she springs her final question.
'Toh ab yeh aadmi ki madad karte hai?'
Ah, the K. Always a sucker for a happy ending. Unfortunately, it wasn't so for the dinos. Sigh.