An English Assignment with N :)

Last week, N came home with a bored look, “I have an English poem recitation…AGAIN! Why do they do this! It’s so meaningless. I hate memorizing lines.” And then the torture started.

Too short

Too long

Too complicated

What does it even mean, Amma!

How boring, blah.

You call this a poem!

This is sad!

I don’t even understand it!

I was at my wit’s end after a long search through William Wordsworth, William Blake, Shel Silverstein and the likes. Finally, N looked into my eyes and said, “You are a writer, right? So you might as well write a poem for me!” My eyes grew wide and I exclaimed, “Yes, that is what we will do.”

N went running and brought a pen and a paper. “I have a few lines in my mind. Can we plzzzz use it?”

Neki aur poochh poochh? “Why not?” I smiled.

Soon the poem was ready.

On D-day, she came back from school and said, “Amma, my poem was the only one which was self composed. Every one took it from the internet! Poems are fun. I wish we get them more!”

Glad… “I am glad”, I muttered happily.

Take a peek 🙂


On a Sunday noon I went to the beach,
I saw the vast sea out of reach.
Up in the sky so blue and white,
I smiled when I saw a wonderful sight.
Fluffy and soft, like cotton they lay,
Rushing and pushing, they flew far away.
I told the waves, “Catch me if you can.”
Wiped my sweat, “Phew! I need a fan.”
I wore my hat and sat in a chair,
The wind blew my hat and my hair.
I giggled as the sand tickled my toe,
I had a lot of fun and wished for more.



Story Session @ Atelier: Folktales from around the world.

Folktales have two distinct features. One, it has been shared from one generation to another. Two, it teaches a virtue, a value.

Folktales were told for two reasons: One, to teach young children Values in life. Two, for entertainment.

Personally, I am not a huge of panchatantra stories. The reason being, the moral is direct and is given away too easily. I am of the belief that morals should not be given away in any story. It must be personal to each. What I learn from a story could be different from your take away from the same story. This is something I am quite careful about.

Folktales are of various kinds. Panchatantra and Jataka tales are filled with animals having human characteristics. Fairy tales are filled with magic and fantasy. Tall tales are filled with exaggerations. There is no dearth of folktales.

I also feel folktales is a difficult genre of story telling for many reasons. One, it can get preachy if one does not pay attention. The story teller has to be conscious of every moment to ensure that the listeners are up with the morality as well as the curiousity part of it. I say curiousity aspect because I have observed that children/audience enjoy stories with talking animals and fantasy a lot. And out of the four stories I chose this time, three of them had just human characters. The humour component, I would say was less which made it all the more challenging.

But as a story teller, I decided to challenge myself and I would say I fairy succeeded. From being skeptical, critical and doubtful about myself, I ended up being happy and satisfied. I will sleep a happy story teller tonight. A big thanks to my lovely audience.

Stories taken:

  1. Mouse Deer and Tiger: A tale from Malaysia and Indonesia about how it is necessary to be smart and fast to survive.
  2. What About me?: A lovely Sufi tale that tells us that the biggest knowledge in this world is that true happiness is when we think about others as well.
  3. The Millionaire Miser: A Buddhist tale about how important it is to be giving and kind.
  4. Push the sky away!: A very sweet tale from Native America about how the skies went all the way up!

Sharing some pictures 🙂














Happy Stories to you!