Thursday, March 15, 2007
Storytelling, although it is not recognized to be a great art, is a unique skill by it's own. Not everyone can tell a story with charm, attract your attention, and make you stare at them with awe. I remember my mother used to read stories from Sanskrit Chandamamma to me, Ajji told me about the epic tales of Ramayan and Mahabhrat, and also there was the famous book Dinnakondu Kathe from which I read stories everyday. Now, I am sixteen, and I have observed that today's kids have been largely deploid of this pleasure. Bedtime stories, great legacies, tales that only your Grandparents can recite have diminished into nothingness because today's kids are just not interested in the "old fairytales" and "Granny's tall tales". Even the parents are too busy with their work, and nobody ever finds the time to read nice bedtime stories to their kids, and soothingly put him to sleep. I think, fairytales, fantasies, and other such stories are a vital part of a child's life. It is very important for a kid, because it stimulates his imagination. It is very sad, indeed that the world is losing out on such pleasures...only a handful of people read Chandamamma anymore, and slowly, story books are decreasing in their worth and value.