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Peacock Oiled Cane

babyEver heard of a cane that is shined and oiled with Peacock oil so that a whipping for the same would send one writhing in pain….Haven’t eh?…Well, then let me tell you of it.

My 4 yrs old revealed a school secret that circulated in her kindergarten of a legendary cane that was used by a highly feared teacher. The legend has it , as my daughter confides with big eyes, a whipping with this cane not only reduce one to tears but also deters one from doing the same mistake. It was used liberally by Mrs. Leela the Kindergarten  class teacher to control the class.

 “It is made is a special way, that’s why is so powerful” she says.

How is it made?” I asked being thoroughly curious at this point.

You have to select a stick, any stick by either breaking off a branch or cutting one down.”

I nod as I listen.

You have to dry the stick after taking off the dirty sides but putting it in the sun

I nod.

You take ½ kg ginger and ½ kg black pepper and grind to a paste

I nod

Then, apply the paste on the stick like we do for chicken or fish…..and then put it in the sun to dry…”

I raise an eyebrow.

Then, take ½ kg salt and apply it in the same way and put it in the sun to dry…”

At this point, I started to imagine the stick which was thoroughly marinated in ginger, black pepper and salt and frankly it was beginning to resemble a chicken by then!

Then, we take 1 kg peacock oil and oil the stick well for half and hour …and then put it in the sun to dry…

At this point I was already snickering and trying to control my giggle.

Once it is dry, you can take it and test to see if the stick is ready for use.…”

Where do you get to buy the peacock oil from?”  I asked giving in to a small smile.

From the store. They squeeze a big peacock to get the oil, silly.” she said as a matter of fact.

My control slowly slipping, the mere thought of squeezing the poor bird to get oil for the infamous cane was looking funny by now. “How do you test the stick?”

Well, that’s easy…” she exclaimed… “You poke it on to your palm, if it hurts, it is ready. ”

I failed in my attempt to keep a straight face and started chuckling. A kindergartener would believe anything. It was evident to my husband and mother in law by now. They were trying hard to keep a straight face so that my daughter would not be offended by their amusement. “Has anyone ever received a beating from the cane?”

Oh yes! Rahul from KG 2 got a nice one on his butt and he never bothered me again as he remembered the stick every time he saw me

A loud burst of laughter followed and I couldn’t figure who started laughing out loud first….

Seriously mummy, its no joke! He got a nice whipping on his butt from Mrs . Leela and he keep holding his butt when he walks around so that it does not fall off. A beating with that cane can make your butt come off!!!

There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child.  There are seven million.  ~Walt Streightiff

Article written by Anney Thomas. This is her first article in GingerChai. Lets welcome Anney to our GingerChai author panel. Looking forward to more brews from her in the coming days.

0 24 March, 2010 Anney's Musings March 24, 2010

About the author

Born and brought up in Abu Dhabi and roots in India, Anney has a streak of funny genes that could make you forget day’s tension. She has reinvented her writing passion and is here to delight us with her flavour.

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  1. chatterbox

    Beautiful post Anney 🙂
    The idea of squeezing oil from a peacock would have sounded so cute and funny in a 4 year old’s version.

    Looking forward to more of your writings 😀

    Keep up the good work.


    1. Anney

      Believe me, I laughed for an hour,my poor MIL had to run to the next room to stop laughing….

  2. Siddhesh 'Ravan' Kabe

    There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million

    Wowwwiee….this is brilliant…:D

    A beating with that cane can make your butt come off

    I remember this stick, it was Miss Annie and she had threatened me if I pull any girls hair she will use it, damm the ingredient are different, but the cane is same, she used to get it from special bamboo tree from junglee..:O 🙁

    It is no joke ok, I behaved for 4 years scared of that stick.. 🙁 😀

  3. Mr. Pramathesh Borkotoky

    When I was in school, our whole class would be scared of a special cane of our class teacher.She used to apply oil to it regularly to keep it shining. (At least that is what we believed)

    Nice Post AT.

    Welcome to GC and hope to see many more posts from you.

  4. Mani

    Hi Anney! wow a masala ginger chai from you, great! I am sory I am late to respond but still Welcome to ginger chai! hoping for some more masala ginger chais from you! 😀

  5. hitesh

    kids…..hahahahaaa 🙂

    i remember watching “Recess” a disney cartoon series wher they explored the world of 3rd and 4th graders …..and wat they talk and thing they ……there were many funny things and stories…..there were legends they used to believe in…stories……which was passed from generation to generation of 3 rd and 4th graders…….

    you little girl reminds me one of those kids…….how the stories travel from one class to other and suddenly everybody is into the story…….

    😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

    Loved this one….


  6. Guria

    Wonderful! You have a complete family, in every sense of the word! You are awesome! Felt like cuddling your little girl here!! :-))

      1. archana

        I GUESS THEY WILL SQUEEZE YOU AND EXTRACT OIL FROM YOU…… They might then use it to oil a stick and flog all of us who dared to laugh at the poor peacock……..:)

        1. Anney

          Well then, am glad that am still safe from PETA! Let me explain the after effect to the 4yr old. She may love to blackmail her teacher to submission!

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