We were reading a book the other day that had an unicorn in it. I explained to the boys that it was called a unicorn because it had one horn. So uni indicates one. That was that.
Then, day before, we went to Cubbon Park in the evening. Sid as always was drawn to the warm and smoky corn stall where the fellow was roasting corn on some coal and selling it. “Aai” he said most innocently, “can we please get a unicorn?” “What?” i asked him. “Unicorn aai…one corn …bhutta (corn in hindi)”
I have no idea whether he meant this as a joke or simply had mixed up the meanings but it sure had me in splits. I know that ‘bhutta’ in now simply going to be unicorn for me from now on.