Chocolate and Gold Coins

Thursday, February 16, 2006

1YAT: Too Much Ravioli

Too Much Ravioli:

My six-year-old son only likes a few foods: muffins, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pizza, and ice cream. This makes it difficult when we travel since my wife and I have grown tired of eating pizza. We have persuaded him that ravioli is kind of like mini pizza, but he still greatly prefers the real thing.

Last night we went to a very nice Italian restaurant and he ate a small portion of ravioli. Afterwards, we went for dessert and my son had ice cream, which he greatly enjoyed. Later he complained that his tummy hurt. “Did you eat too much ice cream?” I asked. “No, I did not eat too much ice cream. I ate too much ravioli.” I beamed with fatherly pride: already he understands the concept of opportunity cost.

On a completely unrelated subject, I found this photo of Irfan Pathan and his family. I am struck by the enormous resemblance between mother and daughter - I literally cannot tell them apart. I wonder if Irfan's sister does any sport?


  • Am surprised your son doesn't really eat "thayir sadham". Blasphemous :P

    And Calzone is easier to sell as Pizza than Ravioli is. I wonder why you made your choice.

    And on that unrelated note, I wish people started calling him what he really is "Irfan Khan". The press has murdered his name.

    By Blogger Nilu, at 4:45 PM  

  • Just curious. How is it that you follow cricket so much?

    By Blogger Vee Cee, at 4:54 PM  

  • Hi Nilu and VC
    Actually we have had limited success in the last year in getting him to eat a few new foods including rice and daal. He doesn't like sambaar/rasam though.

    His school gives him pizza once a week so we don't order that often outside - which is too bad, I miss it.

    Maybe he should be called Irfan Khan but there is already a Khan on the team and a couple of Singhs. It seams to me that there are too many people with the same last name in India. But the country that really has this problem in Vietnam. For some reason, every other person is a Tran or a Ngygen.

    VC: Cricinfo - I love it.
    Why do I follow it? I don't know. I guess it is fun to follow a sport that no one else (I know in real life) follows. And its perfect for following on the net.

    By Blogger Michael Higgins, at 5:27 PM  

  • :) Your son certainly sounds smart! and like he's a little cutie :)

    Liked the picture of Irfan Pathan (one of my fav. cricketers!) and family.. didn't realize that side of his family!

    By Blogger Mary, at 8:42 PM  

  • Michael: Has you little kid hooked onto Calvin and Hobbes? His answers are very similar to the ones Calvin would give;-)
    And I for think Calvin's a genius:-)

    And aren't you being mean to Irfan's sister and his mother! Can't fight certain culture issues!

    By Blogger Minal, at 11:51 PM  

  • I bet Irfan's mother and sister are great people. Does it matter what they wear?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:05 AM  

  • Hi Mary, Minal, and SloganM
    Mary: He is a cutie!

    Minal: You think I am being mean? Well, I don't mean to be. In fact I really wish that Irfan's sister had all the opportunities in life that his brother has. But she doesn't and I suppose it bothers me.

    SloganM: I am sure that they are fine people. Irfan has a brother who is a Ranji cricketer. His sister could probably be a world class athelete also if she has the opportunity - but not dressed like that. His mother might be much more intelligent that his father but she will never run a major corporation dressed like that.

    I respect foreign cultures to a very large extent - but I don't respect gender discrimination. If Irfan and his father were wearing the burka then fine - that's fair - but I don't see how Irfan could be a world class bowler in a burka. Do you?

    By Blogger Michael Higgins, at 8:54 AM  

  • The trouble with many of us Indians is that we see the world slightly differently. We agree with you as well as understand why Irfan's mother wears a burkha. Many Hindu women who don't wear burkhas, have far greater restrictions.

    So don't be surprised when we Indians who totally oppose the purdah system suddenly seem to support Irfan's mom.

    Meanwhile, here is an interesting story from Hyderabad about 21st century business that employs mostly young, educated, Muslim girls.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:57 AM  

  • Hi SloganM
    Well, when you put it that way I totally support Irfan's mom and sister. If they really want to dress that way, it's their choice. I wonder, thought, if maybe it was more Irfan's dad's idea.

    By Blogger Michael Higgins, at 9:39 PM  

  • Hi M

    Thank you for understanding.

    There are many muslim women who wear a veil out of their own choice. However, there are many who don't.

    Equal rights for women in India is a far away dream. But things are improving. If you want to find out more, you can read about it here or contact the people at

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:05 AM  

  • U know what bothers me when ppl don't understand a culture and believe they can talk all about it....women are not discriminated in Islam...sure muslims don't live a perfect life according to the Shariat i well i agree on that and it makes me sick.....but muslim women don't have to pray and keep fast hoping that they will be born as men in the next life time.... and yeah muslim parents don't abort their female babies liek some other ppl from a certain culture..hint hint..

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:50 PM  

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