Friday, 21 February 2014

Why are stories important in a fast paced world?

Story telling is gaining popularity and is viewed as an important aspect of a child’s growth.

But in the fast paced world all of us require a dose of story at various stages. Listening to stories creates a curious mind while telling stories to others refines the imagination of the teller.

If I have to borrow a page or two from history, greatness in people have time and again come to the fore, thanks to the stories that changed their life for their own good and the benefit of society.

The story of Sharavana’s devotion to his parents and Harishchandra's principled life, gave us a Mahatma in Gandhi. Constantly listening to stories told by his mother about the Kings who lived in the past turned Shivaji into Chhatrapathi.

Listening to stories brings out the Mahatma in mortals...


Retracing our step to the current day world, we find that the pace of life has become maddening. We all need a vent to let out our bottled up emotions. Material surplus seems to have become the bane of the day.

We need strong story tellers who can make an impact in people and their way of thinking.

The stories of animals talking or plants telling their tales will create an empathy in children towards other forms of lives that co-habit the earth.

The story of Dhurva, becoming the pole star, will kindle the children’s imagination and interest in the universe, of which they are a miniscule part. Along with developing a strong observation in them, it also teaches them to respect and build a strong bond with their immediate surroundings.

Stories, in short, help in elevating a human being’s cosmic consciousness.

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