Sitting in my room with a cold numbed head and eyes glued to my laptop, I have no idea what I’m doing. Not sure if my cold is a boon, as I took a day off or a bane as I have to finish work over the weekend. But the best part of the numbness is the feeling of doing something different, creative, relaxing and satisfying. A feeling that says – “Hmm, what am I doing. How many sunlit afternoons have I missed? Why is my balcony not having beautiful plantation or for that matter, why is my room not interesting? Hmm, can I use that tissue or the cotton on my desk in some painting? Wow, cold does make your head tipsy but apart from my head, it has also numbed my body so I have decided to blog.
Someday I hope to take a break and do what my heart just feels like. Someday… For today, I will definitely not narrate Rip Van Winkle and his 20 years of long sleep. But I will definitely recount a short story.
Last Friday, I was at Kacheguda station, catching the train back to Bangalore. While talking to my brother, I suddenly noticed a book vendor selling Tinkle, the comic magazine. Though I can buy it myself now, it just brought back sweet memories – so I made my brother buy it for me 😀 ( Its 95 bug now!!)
So here goes My Experience with Tinkle in the Train…
This is what I feel the story would have been if it was published back in 1990s.
Long Long ago, there was a ruthless landlord who never treated his workers well. The villagers used to work all day and save the straw for the landlord and throw the white colored remains. As they were not paid well, they starved most of the days.
Meenu works for the landlord and takes care of the daily chores. One day, she was very hungry and had nothing to eat. She finally decides to eat the white garbage. While preparing food for her landlord, she tries boiling the white remains. BINGO!! She discovered rice.
The clever Meenu educates the farmers about her discovery and they ate RICE while the landlord ate straw every day.
The same story in 2014..
Long Long ago.. Ruthless landlord.. No food to farmers… Meenu works for landlord… She decides to eat the white leftovers.
While she was about to eat the white stuff, She hears someone calling her name. So she HIDES the white remains in the boiling water (Seriously!!) and rushes out.
When she returns, she realizes that the white matter is actually very tasty. She immediately educates the landlord about the discovery. The landlord praises her… From then on, he treats the farmers well and shares the rice with all of them.
Seriously!!! Come on!! Forget about stories being fun or moral, this is stupid. In my time, Tinkle was about commonsense like Birbal, or sheer stupidity like Supandi, or good old happy endings.
Stories were never about a landlord changing his attitude completely based on a discovery!! Nor were they about a cynical girl turning into a good person just by finding an old book in her new house( not by the content of the book, just by finding it).
I am sure there must be better books for kids today but I hope, they do not include stories of this kind.