Your toddler needs a pet
This time around, with my usual weekly chat session with my paediatrician aunt, who never spares a chance she can pick on, to correct my parenting ways, I had a surprise springing out of nowhere, a surprise in the form of a queer but innocent looking Guinea pig, which I faintly remembered to have seen in my high school textbooks. Although my aunt looked hesitant to divulge further details, and almost killed me with the suspense, I pursued till she began, with a chuckle and a suppressed grin, to narrate the biography of that piglet which was actually eyeing us so far, with a mix of quaint curiosity, a little patience, an inherent fear and a bit of god knows what. She told me she had recently purchased this guinea pig from some well-meaning friend who had convinced her that guinea pig is the next best thing to have as a pet.
At this point, in the middle of our...