Mourning the Dying Art of Storytelling

Stories 2This appeared in Hindustan Times on 26.10.2017

As children, we were brought up on a heavy dose of stories including fables, fairy-tales, anecdotes, and religious/mythical tales by our mother, grandmother, aunts and teachers. They  had a huge treasure trove of stories, one for every occasion and time of the day.

So we listened to cute stories, funny stories, frightening stories, moral stories and what not. We opened our eyes to the likes of ‘The Greedy Dog’ and ‘The Hare and the Tortoise’ and later ‘Red Riding Hood’ and ‘Jack and the Beanstalk.’ But ‘Tammak -Tu’ from Geeta Press, Gorakhpur was an all-time favourite. To our young innocent minds, these stories were not merely fiction or fantasy, but fantastic realities that shaped our innocent world. Our hearts went out to beautiful Cinderella – ‘Oh! the poor lil thing’; and every girl would dream about her own ‘Prince Charming’! Mothers could easily lull their babies to sleep with scary stories of giants and spooky monsters. In summer, sleeping on the roof, we could actually ‘see’ the old woman spinning her wheel in the moon. Such was our faith in our mothers that everything coming from them affected us so deeply. Read More…

Posted in Article, Causes at October 26th, 2017. No Comments.

Caring But Interfering, Moms Will Be Moms

Moms

My ‘Spice of Life’ Article in Hindustan Times today (29.8.2017)

Just think of the mother and a myriad of emotions come to your mind – loving caring and pampering. But try to read between the lines, you’ll find a few more qualities of the mother popup – overindulgent, interfering, nagging, sixth-sense and snooping. Their sixth-sense is so strong that in childhood, our mother could make out from a distance whether we were reading a novel or a textbook from the tone of our answer. Read More…

Posted in Article, Just for Laughs at August 29th, 2017. No Comments.