Friday, October 30, 2009

Hallow's Eve

Since I have another, more topical, post scheduled for tomorrow, on the Eve of Halloween, here is the drabble I wrote for the Halloween feature of the Burrow.

"Mamma, today is Halloween."
"We don't do Halloween in India."
"Why not?"
"Because it is not an Indian festival. Don't we have enough festivals of our own?"
"But all my friends celebrate Halloween."
"Name three."
"Ben 10. Tom and Jerry. Richie Rich. Batman. Spiderman. Everyone."
"They are not your friends. They are cartoon characters. Your real friends don't celebrate Halloween."
"Please, Mamma. Please let us celebrate Halloween. Please, please, pretty please."
"Well okay then. But no jack-o-lanterns for you. No pumpkins in the market, and even if there were any, I don't know how to carve them."
"Live bats then?"

4 comments:

ladyfi said...

Live bats - an excellent idea! They are a protected species here in Europe - and quite charming too.

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Fiona - and we have too many of them here. There was a tree just outside the last office I was in that used to have more bats hanging from it than it had leaves.

dipali said...

I'm a little uncomfortable around bats, irrational though it may be:(

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ dipali - I don't at all think it is irrational. Bats are one of those animals which we are conditioned to be scared off, and all those vampire books/ movies don't help much.

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