Pre script: i am bad at doing translations :p especially with translating riddles. those of you who can read urdu dont try reading the orange brackets.
In conversation with mama on a Saturday morning. Setting is dinning table, breakfast finished, with me engrossed in the political columns while mum chooses something light.
mama: aj tumhara test ho jaye, chalo yeh sunno aur jawab do. [ lets check your intelligence. listen to this and answer] a brilliant childlike smile on her face.
mubi: with a little groan under my breath. o ma not now, m reading something :p. okayyyy what is it?
mama: paheliyan 😀 [ riddles!] a wide mischievous smile brightening her face.
mubi: oo I am kinda bad at guessing them…
mama: challenging me. kalay ko jab tao ay, sar per woh gori ko nachayay. [when something black gets furious, its makes the fair one dance]
mubi: ummm koila? noo ..um kandoor? noo no wait i know its coffee? i think its toaster!
mama’s expressions changes from being skeptical over my level of intelligence to a victorious smile for my lack of being good at this :p
mama: maintains her enthusiasm while being modest. nahi, tawa!! Acha ab yeh bujo. [nope, its griddle!. ok now answer this]
mubi: I have geared up and taken the challenge. Sure sure go ahead.
mama: safaid gaar mai peeli rani, ird gird hai us kay paani. [ yellow princess in a white cave surrounded by water]
mubi: makes faces. thinks hard. narrows her intelligent eyes, looks clever and says. kawal ka phool. [ water lily!]
mama: with an innocent and a teasing look. ahem kawal? us mai safaid gaar kahan hai? [ water lily? and where is the white cave?]
mubi: eager and slightly irritated. acha koi clue tu dain na.. humaray paas hai? [okay then give me a hint. do we have it?]
mama: being very secretive, she purses her lips. umm haan kuch aisa hi. [hmm, ya something like it.]
mubi: kahanay wala hai? [ is it something to eat?]
mama: her expression unreadable. haan keh saktay hain. [ ya you can say that]
mubi: confused. then suddenly a bulb lits above her head. EGG!!!
mama a little disappointed for she knows the tables have been turned..but shes continues the game
mama: ok yeh guess kero tu jaanuu. chaao say is ko galay lagaya, laykin us nay gala dabaya. [okay now lets see if you can guess this one. we hugged it with love but it grabbed us instead]
mubi: within a second blabbes out. TIE!!
mama: continues quickly, giving me no time to celebrate, like its a rapid fire. aik hay shai aisi jo jamay bhi, bahay bhi aur rahay bi.. [ what is it that freezes, flows and evaporates..]
mubi: smug look. thats easy, WATER!
mubi wins the riddle game with 3 correct answers and the post breakfast, saturday morning chit chat comes to an end. fireworks dance as a beaming and victorious mubi and content mama leave the table to do some chores.