P: Panchatantra (2022 A-Z)
“The crow then starts collecting stones and drops them one by one into the water jug,” says my father, tracing his finger around the colorful illustrations on the page.
“But Thatha,”, quips my 3.5-year-old nephew, using the regional Tamil endearment for grandfather, “Why did he do that?”
“There’s very little water left over at the bottom, how will he get to it otherwise?” prods my father.
“He can just push the jug over, and sip from the ground,” says the kid, growing up in the much-too-smart-aleck, impatient Instagram generation, as we chuckle alongside our poor baby-boomer generation father.
Panchatantra and moral-based stories have always been part of my childhood – starting with my parents reading out stories to me and my sister. In the summers of early schooling years, I remember attending ‘Balvikas’ (Translated to: A child’s development) classes. Through stories, songs, skits, and children’s entertainment mediums, we lapped up so much in those growing up years. I do strongly believe they helped hugely. We never realized we were learning, we just thought we were having fun! Sadly, I don’t see them around much anymore!
8 thoughts on “P: Panchatantra (2022 A-Z)”
I would say Panchatantra is less about imparting morals than worldly wisdom, which is why it’s invaluable in a child’s education
Oh yes….these stories stand weak infront of these guys … but if water spills on the sand how can one drink it ? Questions need to be tackled with questions…learnt from raising Gen Z 😀
What a delightful flash! And I was happy to learn about Panchatantra and Balvikas.
Waah what an idea… I feel so silly now to not ever think like that 😊 I love Panchtantra! What a trip down the memory lane!
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And much love to ur nephew 🙂 i strongly feel these kids grow to break the routine and become independent thinkers!
Ohhh…i hav 100s of such short stories and moral stories….which zara twisted Nd ended as per her choice and morals…for example hare tortoise story…she always ends saying tortoise just before finishing line halts and crossed the line with hare…as they cross all the animals in the forest run along with them cheering….hav many more such edited stories…good that u grew like that. I remember a similar childhood…however even now the schools hav a story hour…story telling for kids….and they are made quite familiar with books……i liked that aspect…ur post gave me fresh ideas to write 🙂
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So true yaar… their minds think way differently than ours, so we gotta used to this new way Haha
Looooved it! Has to be one of your bests!