Wednesday, March 12, 2008

American Politics Primer

If we want to teach kids anything, all we have to do is to make it a game! So I usually have a quiz for Kavya where I ask her questions from her current syllabus. Karthik being the copycat that he is, seats himself right next to big sister and wants to be involved in the quiz too. So I started feeding him questions about whatever came to mind. With presidential elections coming up, most of my questions tended to revolve around that and pretty soon, as this clip shows, Karthik became one well-informed kid! He gets a li'l help from big sis towards the end but the rest is all him :)


At 11:20 PM, Blogger Orange Fronkey said...

Balaji.. it says video no longer available! ennapa ithuuuu?

At 11:32 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

merino, oops. i just realized it was private. i made it public now. please try again and lemme know :)

At 11:57 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I don't usually say this but..

awww so cute!

At 3:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your son made my day ... extremely cute :)

At 4:13 AM, Blogger Ganesh said...

Balaji, well what I can say,Kids these days are better informed than us :)
Hugs to Karthik kutti.

At 6:11 AM, Blogger Karthik Sriram said...

Karthik was really very cute!

I think Karthik nu per vechaale, romba padipaali ya irupaangalo ennavo?! ;-)


At 6:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey balaji...a regular and a daily reader of your blog, but been a long time since I commented...But I thot this post defn needs a comment from me...not going to say anything about your blog, as everyone knows the quality and worth of it...this video is really amazing and it made my day...karthik rules...suthi podu karthikku...when he grows up and looks at this video, it wld be a great memory for Ram always mentions.."pulli ku porandhadhu poonai aaguma?"

- Prasanna

At 6:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW! You have one smart kid, BB. :) Anyways, ellarum kannu vachitanga, so it is better you dhrishti suthi podu for lil Karthik. :)

At 7:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

omg this is awesome. he is such a chellam. i love the way he says george boosss. such a cutie.


At 9:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oooh..I wanted to tease him with the george bussss thing when he was ten. How can you take that away from me!! :)

Very very cute.. as always.. :)


At 9:21 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

sujay, thanx :)

anon, glad to hear that :)

ganesh, oh yeah, definitely :)

lks, lol, ofcourse :)

prasanna, thanx :)

balaji, he has great memory, thats for sure :)

gayatri, that george boossss thing was what started the whole thing. i tried that one and since he had so much fun saying it, i started adding on more questions :)

san, u can still tease him, right? :)

At 10:33 AM, Blogger Srivatsan Sridharan said...

cute answers :) Innum mazhala pogala BB :)

At 11:00 AM, Blogger Me too said...

K's dhass buss answers, sho shweet!!

At 12:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Balaji
Looks like you have a future presedential candidate at home now :)
very cute and very smart kid........

Take care

At 6:15 PM, Blogger Orange Fronkey said...

Oh gosh!!! That gotta be the cutest video out there! Karthik sounds so adorable! What a smart child he is :))).

Thanks for sharing this with us

At 6:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

aww he's so the way he says barack obama.....

btw, who are you rooting for? I personally would like for Obama to win...but then i'm a canadian and so don't need to delve deeply into the policies......what are the blogger's thoughts bout the elections?...or is this an off-limits topic here?

At 10:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So cute! the way he said cute was simply so adorable. =)

At 8:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh gosh, he's just so adorable...having seen him in person once, i know that impish smile and rolling eyes!
george bussss! chance-ey ille!

At 9:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adorable and Intelligent. Future ladies magnet:-)


At 10:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Balaji, very cute. Kandippa drishti suthi podunga...mazhalai innum pogalai, reminds me of Tiruvalluvar's couplet.

kuzhal inithu yaazh inithu enbar tham makkal mazhalai sol kelathvar

For those who have not read Tiruvalluvar, he says they who feel that the music from harp, flute etc is sweet have not heard a little child talk.


At 1:20 PM, Blogger mitr_bayarea said...


super from Jr. Karthik...this should be one video to save for the future.

At 2:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So cute! George Bussss.. Ha Ha Ha!!! And so smart too!!

At 2:56 PM, Blogger Shanthi said...

thats so cute and smart :)

At 6:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I was expecting a quiz on your favorite topic:

1. Who is daddy's favorite actor?
2. Who is daddy's favorite actress?
3. Who directed Sivaji?
4. What is superstar's next movie?
5. What is Rajini's animated movie
that daddy promised to take you?

Fiona ;)

At 9:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's soo cute and adorable.
I love how he pronounces George Bush and Barack Obama.

I gotta agree with Fiona's questions, I surprised that was not first on the agenda as well, I mean with your kids it should be, movie trivia, multiplication tables and then politics.:D

At 11:49 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

srivatsan, innum evlo naal irukkum theriala :)

me too, dhuss buss - lol :)

swapna, good imagination :)

merino, with the lull in tamil cinema, i guess i realized its been awhile since i wrote anything about k & k :)

anon, considering ur leaning, no wonder u found his saying that cute :) hillary or obama, either of them is fine with me. just no republican please! then again, since i don't get to vote, its a moot point :)

anon/ram, thanx :)

kajan, hope both those qualities last awhile :)

padma, very sweet couplet. thanx :)

mitr/yaadayaada/shanthi, thanx :)

fiona, i'm surprised too that the first quiz wasn't on tamil cinema! but thanx for the idea. i'll start training him right away :)

sivajini, he's too young for multiplication tables but yeah movie trivia should've been first. george buss was just too funny and i just kept building on that :)

At 7:38 AM, Blogger Krishnan said...

Wow ! so adorable is your kid ! Sure I am going to show it to my kid who is also very much into general knowledge stuff.

At 11:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice one there. He already knows more than I do about US politics :-)

At 1:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too cute - 'George Busss' was adorable.


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