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Dadi-Nani ki Kahaniyan

April 6, 2014

All children love to listen to stories and I was no different. I loved to listen to stories too when I was a child. Each night before going to bed, my younger brother and I would lie down with my dadi in her bed and say to her, “Dadi kahani sunao”. Each night we would listen to numerous stories, fables, folk-tales, folk-lores and of course the katha for the day. She had them in abundance. Some of them were being repeated every night but we were never ever bored of them. And never let any be missed out.

It was normal routine whether it was summers or winters. I still vividly remember that all those summers, and lying down on the cots on the roof top under the sky full of shining stars with our dadi. Looking up the sky we were asked to locate Saptrishi and Dhruv Tara and that’s how we learnt to be aware of these stars and constellations. Each of them will have a story associated to it.

Our beloved Chanda mama could not be left behind. On a full moon day we were asked to look for various shapes that can be seen on the surface of the moon.
And then dadi would say, “Can you see the rabbit sitting in the moon?” or “an old woman spinning the charkha in it?” The shapes were different at different times and that made us look forward to the full moon’s day to see what can be seen in the moon next time. And dadi had a story to connect with them all – how the rabbit reached there or why the old woman is spinning there. We loved those stories and of course in the process were learning about the environment around us.

It was fascinating to watch cloud formations and we loved to recognise and relate their formations to various living or non-living beings. They looked like trees sometimes or like an animal and we with our young minds and imagination would love to see those exciting formations. And the stories connecting why peacocks dance when they see clouds would be told.

She had stories for why the koel sings before the mango season sets in and why mangoes are sweet. And when it rained and we saw crows drenched in rain, we were informed that they normally never make a nest and lay their eggs in the koel’s nest. The story about baya (Weaver bird) who advised the monkey to build the house before rainy season sets in, informed us about the weaving skill of the baya as well as the preparations even the animals and birds do before monsoon starts.

I was lucky to have not only dadi who was a great story teller but my nani and father too enriched us brought us closer to nature through their stories telling sessions. Stories about rivers, mountains, animals, birds, trees, plants kept us engrossed each night and we felt to know about them a lot and that they are a part of our existence. A bond had been developed and even now whenever I see a full moon, I try to find that old woman or the rabbit in it. Or while on my morning walks in summers, I love to hear the kuhoo-kuhoo of the koel and that takes me to my childhood memories with dadi.

My nanaji, though a doctor by profession, was fond of gardening and had a very well maintained garden with lots of plants and trees. Our visits to his place during summer vacations were always an enriching experience. School projects to collect and distinguish between various plants, their leaves and flowers, added to the knowledge and was another opportunity to be with nature and learn more about it from nanaji. Watering the plants was a lot of fun and to know that over watering or under watering can both be dangerous for the plants. Sowing the seeds and seeing them grow gives a feeling of belongingness that can be felt by only the one who has done that.

No doubt that I had shared my treasure of stories with my son, Pushkin when he was a child. He too was excited to hear these stories that helped us connect to the nature as well as to each other.

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Sangita Passey
06 April 2014


From → Idea Point

  1. It’s such a sweet post…loved it.. 🙂

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