Monday, October 18, 2010

Tarakshi & Kaa deserve to be kept alive

Sometime when she turned 2 and 1/2 I started telling her a series of bedtime stories about a 8 year old girl called Tarakshi. She finds a baby crow who has fallen off his nest and broken a wing and takes him home. She thinks of many names for this little crow and finally settles on Kaa.

Kaa sleeps while sitting on the bedpost and tucks his beak under his wing to keep it warm (he forgot to tuck the beak in one day and it caught a bad cold). The two eventually find a way to talk to each other and end up making friends with the people who live in the tamarind tree outside Tarakshi's balcony.

And they have adventures of all kinds, mainly about small things that a three year old wants to know and their friends - Kooie the girl crow who is Kaa's cousin, Mignon the sparrow who has four babies - ChiChi, Maana, Tara and Crystal, Speedo the Snail, Ribbit the Frog who lives in the puddle and Scratchy and Floffy the squirrels who live on the terrace, Bunty and Moongi the two ants.

She is 4 and a 1/2 now and in this time I must have told her a story everynight when I have been in the city. Once or twice I have told her a small story over the phone too. The stories are extempore with sound effects and all. She thinks Tarakshi and Kaa are real, and relates to the two. As she grows she has started making up situations and events purely out of her imagination.

One of these days I need to put those stories down in a blog somewhere. Find an illustrator and make sure they are made immortal. Some day I will find the time to do it.

By the way, today, Tarakshi and Kaa play a trick on Tipsy their puppy dog :)

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