Thursday, August 30, 2007

Staying Connected!!

" It was dark ... and she squirmed and huddled close to her sister trying to get some sleep. Those were days when there was no current and electricity in her remote village.....but nature's abundance of fresh air and cool breeze caressed her with their soothing lullabies. Though she belonged to a large household with a huge old house and acres of fertile land, she never had a room or bed of her own. Compartmentalization and selfishness were traits unknown was all about giving and sharing...! She shared a central hall with the whole family which was transformed into a sleeping room at night. It was not a hall but a place where she used to weave her own dreams ... and her imagination soared up high with all the fabulous stories her mother would tell them during those twilight hours.

But today , some commotion outside was forcing her keep her eyes open and ears sharp!!! She could hear her uncles and grand father and father in a rather commanding tone and she was alert. Suddenly she heard " Thief ! Thief!" and could feel a fire inside her small tummy!!
One of her Uncles came rushing in ......" Do you want to see a thief ? " he asked. She climbed on his shoulders holding on to him tightly.....this was the most adventurous moment of her life! She was going to see a real thief ! She never thought a thief really existed .. and even if there was one he never belonged to the homosapien species ....he would be from some "homonstero sapien" species alien ....who is alive only in stories.. with monstrous features .. horns and huge body and fierce eyes!!! And now how brave would she be if she could just face that creature even though from the shoulders of her uncle !!!

Out they went to the veranda ....they had caught a thief who was trying to steal coconuts from their trees ....
" did you see the thief?" asked her uncle.
She couldn't spot any one other than a tiny man held by one of her other uncles....who was bowing down in shame and embarrassment and trying to make excuses like..." i had just come out to relieve my self! i had to attend to nature's call!" ......
there was no monster or gigantic figure - just a normal human being!.....She was surprised ......!!!!"

I heard this story from my Amma when I was a girl . It was not a story but a real life situation of my mother's childhood. I loved hearing such incidents from my mother and Grand mother . Such stories laid strong foundation for creativity and bonding.It was a good way to stay connected. Story telling is a beautiful way to let the kids explore their imagination....and who can do this better than parents and grand parents! One of the most precious moments I enjoy with my kids is our story time . The time when they are rapt in attention, their eyes trying to capture every bit with out a blink .....the stories opening new doors to their dream world....their soft bodies leaning on me and embracing me with their undivided attention.

My kids seem to be extremely lucky, as they have had story sessions with their grand mother and also great grand mother. But today, as we are away from home , and away from our dear ones my kids are missing their grand parents! .... but surely not their story time . My parents who were initially apprehensive to computers and hesitated to approach them .... are today using them with ease! Internet and Google talk have made distances seem little ones screams from here are so deafening to my parents and also to their neighbors ! My naughty ones eagerly wait for their ammumma and abu to call.... so that they can start their story time!....I can't help smiling when I see my little ones rapt in attention....alert to the sound of their grandmother's story line , plunging onto their world of imagination.....laughing and giggling along the way....shouting "one more kaani ! one more kaani !!!....".

times have changed.... though jobs have taken us far apart ....from different parts of the globe we still find ways to stay connected!


SG said...

Nice "kaani" (story in konkani). I enjoyed the stories I heard from my mother too. Its true that these stories are foundation to our bonding with parents and grand-parents.

With the help of internet we can minimize the void that we feel when we are away from home. Thanks to internet for showing us the creative writer, "Nanditha Prabhu".

Maddy said...

that was pretty nice - and a great idead of a story session over the net!!
reminded me of a great book which you must read if u get a chance. i have read it, but am not able to find the english version anymore - mookajis visions or Mookajjiya Kanasugalu by shivram karanth

Maddy said...

wow - thanks for the award...well i try to do what you say...thanks a lot!!!

diyadear said...

hey taht was a nice kaani. yeah i have heard many form my granny too.. n thats a sweet pic of ur kidoos..

krystyna said...

Today it is easy to stay connected with family.
My mom live in Poland, I live in USA. She is so happy speaking every day with family in USA, Canada.
Your post is perfect animate. Thanks!

"there is a surprise awaiting you !
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Sorry, I don't understand what you mind.
Have a blessing, lovely Sunday!

mathew said...

Glad to see your kids keeping touch with your mom..inspite of the distances..Couldnt help smiling at the rapt attention they were in!! :-)

btw the thief incident reminds me of one thief who broke into a relative's house of mine..the thief was so drunk that he fell asleep in my cousin's bedroom..they called the police..and a amusing humourous scene of the police waking up the thief from the bed..nothin gets weirder than that!!

btw thanks a lot for the award. ;-)

krystyna said...

Hi Nanditha!
Thank you so much for the award! I really appreciate your nice gesture!
I noticed it before, but there wasn't my name.
Blessings to you and your family!

Jyothsna said...

:) Isn't it wonderful to be connected with our loved ones even though we are physically so far away!

MyVision said...

It is easy to get connected these days. Happy to note that your little ones are eager to hear stories. These days, the listening skills of both kids as well as grownups are getting poorer. Encourage their story listening... let it help improve their listening skills.

Sharmi said...

hi, hope you are doing good.
I truly enjoyed the stories!

Mishmash ! said...

Hey your younger one sitting so attentively beside his elder bro is so cute.....and yeah lets thank internet, webcam and what not :)

And ROFL at Mathew's anecdote :)


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