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The tendency of a body to return to its original shape after it has been stretched or compressed, is elasticity. Equivalent word to elasticity wasn’t immediately known to Asankuttykka in a malayalam class. So he posed a question in the classroom to capture a synonym in malayalam.

“ബലിച്ചാല്‍ ബലിയുന്നതും ബലിബിട്ടാല്‍ ചുരുളുന്നതും ആയ സാധനത്തിന്റെ പേരു പറയഡാ, ചെറുക്ക?”എന്നായി അസനാര്ക്ക. [What is that which on pulling,pulls up to full length , but when released,goes back to its original shape?” , tell me boys? asked Asnaarikka]

Sulaimaan: I know it.
Masterji: Then tell me Sulaimaane
Sulaimaan: I won’t. let Sankaran tell it, sir
Masterji: Why?
Sulaimaan: He doesn’t know it. He is the dullest in our class.
Masterji: Come 0n Sankaran, you tell, Vhaat eez it?- The teacher asked.
Sankaran: Dubbar, saar!

The rest of the boys laughed at that.

Masterji: Vhy aar Yoo laaffing, boys?
Boys: saar, it eez not dubbaar (rubber)!
Masterji: Then Vhaat eez it? tell me kwikk.
Sulaimaan: saar , it eez “chakka pasha, saar; and not Rabbaar ”

“Chakka pasha ” is nothing but the malayalam word for the gum of the jack fruit. Thus that day in Asanaarkka master’s classroom a new malayalam word was invented for elasticity – “chakka pasha” .

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