Memories of childhood especially school days never fade. I am reminded of a phrase ‘शिकायती टट्टू’ used day in and day out while describing a person habitual of complaining against others to the teacher for some act of mischief , purported indiscipline or to use a rather heavy word , misdemeanor. If someone repeatedly bullied you,it was fine as the teacher as we all know is a guardian as well, in school hours . Sometimes the complaint was like ‘सर , ये कुछ खा रहा है...’. Sometimes, the teacher, who would not brook indiscipline would take offence and reprimand or even slap the ‘wrong doer’. A few times, the tables would get turned upon the complainant student, when he would be roughed up by the teacher for this bad habit of ‘चुगली’ , much to the amusement of entire class.A teacher , jovial by nature would ask the offender to give a bit out of the eatable to the complaining student so that he would keep shut. Another saying that was popular was
‘ चुगलखोर को लगे रे डंडा , उसको बचाना नहीं चाहिए’ which was sung as a chorus.
The good old days !