Me: Ashwin girl-a? boy-a?
Me: Subadhra Aunty?
Me: Kannan uncle?
Me: Chitra Athai?
Me: Prakash Athimber?
Me: Madhu chitti?
Him: pause. Therialla.
Oops! Ooops! Ooooops! Going on anyway,
Me: Vijay Chittappa?
I was wondering what logic he applies to find out which class to sort all these people in and I decided to ask him why his appa was a boy.
Him: Pause. ponder. ponder hard. Appa innum girl aala. Annala appa boy. Appa apparam girl ayiduva.
Now this is worth translating: Appa has not yet become a girl so he is a boy. He will become a girl later. That's not how I remember learning it, but I much prefer this theory!