The story is - The housefly (called Eee in Tamil) is suffering memory loss a la Ghajini ;). So she goes around asking everything and everyone... the pun here is that the fly's name is the simplest to remember (Eee) but she forgets that and remembers every other name in the world... she starts with the calf... and ends with the horse...but does she finally remember the name?
PS: I've corrected the first line after MIL pointed out a mistake.
Kozhu kozhu kanne chubby chubby calf
kannin thaaye the calf's mother
kannu meikkira ayaan the cowherd who grazes the cattle
ayaan kai kole The stick in the cowherd's hand
kola valartha kodimarame the tree that gave the stick
kodimarathil irukkum kokke the crane that is perched on the tree
Kokku nikkum kulame the in which the crane stands
kulathil irukkum meene the fish in the pond
meen pidikkum valaya the fisherman who is catching the fish
valayan kai chatti the pot in the hand of the fisherman
chatti munayum kosava the potter who made the pot
kosavan kai manne the clay in the hands of the potter
mannail irukkum pulle the grass that grows on the clay (means the ground here)
pullai thingum kudiraai the horse who eats the grass
en peru enna? what is my name?
And the horse neighs
And that's how the fly remembers its name!! I like the way one thing leads to the other so logically. B Athai Paati used to say this to Pattu when she was 9 months old and when she was barely 10 months she used to finish every line and by 12 months she said the whole thing all by herself! And she used to wait with bated breath for us to say 'eeeee' :D
This one was alos Pattu's favourite and she used to do it with actions.
Aanai Aanai Elephant Elephant
Azhagar Aanai Azhagar's (Lord Krishna) Elephant
Arasanum Arasiyum yerum Aanai Elephant on whom the king and the Queen ride
Kovilai kandaal kumbidum Aanai Elephant that prays/ bows when he sees a temple
kattikkarumbai murikkum Aanai Elephant that twists the sugarcane
kaaveri aatrai kalakkum aanai Elephant that churns the kaaveri river
kutti aanaikku kombu molachudaam little Elephant has grown a tusk
pattanamella paakkavarum People of the city, please come and see...
Many a morsel have been successfully fed, thanks to these :)
Another favourite of mine is Biscuit Biscuit, Nila Nila and Kaiveesamma , and the kuruvi kadai go over to Hema's for a more detailed account.
To add to Hema's rich list is, 'kola kolaya mundirikka naraya naraya suthi vaa' - this is the desi version of 'I sent a letter to my father ...postman came and picked it up and put it in my pocket' game.
And one more ...
Oru kodam thanni oothi oru poo poothadu (We watered the plant with one pot of water and the plant gave one flower) and it goes on and on like that. it is a game and it ends when all the players have been counted...
Last one... eh promise pa.. this is a malayalam rhyme
Kootinakathoru kunjunde There's a little one in the nest
Kunjinu theetta kodukkaanjal If you don't give food to the little one
Kunju kidannu karanjyeedum The little one will cry
Kaake kaake nee tharumo Crow crow, will you give?
Ninnude kayyile neiyappamThe neiyappam (It is a sweet made of rice flour and jaggery) in your hand?
Ayyo Kaake Pattiche Oh crow you fooled me!
Edited to add two more.
Each of the Tamil alphabets are represented in every line of this rhyme
amma inge vaa vaa
aasai mutham thaa thaa
ilaiyil choru potu
eeyai thoora otu
unnai pondra nallaar
ooril yaavar ullaar
ennaal unakku thollai
ethum inge illai
aiyam indri solluven
oodum seyale nalamaam
avvai sonna mozhiyaam
ahde enakku vazhiyaam
This one is about the sweet mangoes..
Alva pondra Maambazham
Ingu oodi vaarungal
Pangu pottu thinnalaam
This is about Dosai - the making of it and the eating of it and some math adding up to 10.
Dosai amma dosai
amma vaartha dosai
arisi maavum ulundu maavum arachu vaartha dosai
aaga motham pathu
thinna thinna aasai
innum kettaaa poosai
This one is more like Rock-a-by baby
Thanga kodame saanjaadu
velli vilakke saanjaadu
Mayile mayile saanjaadu
Inikkum thene saanjaadu
.... and this goes on, I used to add my own verses like
Pattu kutty saanjaadu
Chutti kutty saanjaadu
chamathu kutty saanjaadu
vaalu kutty saanjaadu