I have many fond memories associated with nursery rhymes and stories that I had heard when I was a kid.
I knew many rhymes. During my vacations when we visited my grandparents’ place, I was much in demand as everyone wanted to listen to the superhit rhymes rendered by my sweet voice!
I had many favorites and I knew so many rhymes that I was the cynosure of all eyes!
Some memories associated with the following two rhymes:
I loved the Itsy Bitsy Spider nursery rhyme the day I heard it.
Itsy Bitsy Spider didn’t give up. It attempted climbing and doing what it wanted to, despite the water playing spoil-sport! I was happy when the Sun shone and dried up all the rain. Itsy Bitsy Spider got the chance to climb again!
This rhyme taught me that never to give up hope and to keep trying. I believe in this even now. When I was in high school, I kept sending stories for publication in Tinkle magazine with the belief that even my story will find a place... Uncle Pai, the editor of Tinkle, sent me many rejection letters with motivational stories including Spider tales! After much trying, I was elated to succeed like Itsy Bitsy Spider as finally my story was selected for publication! Thereafter, many of my stories got published…
The nursery rhyme Five Little Monkeys always amused me. Being the nice and well-behaved child I was, I often wondered why would anyone jump on the bed? That too after Mamma has called the Doctor & warned- “No more monkeys jumping on the bed!” When they fell off the bed & the heads of all the monkeys got injured, I was first concerned about their well-being. Then I thought- “Serves them right for being so indisciplined! How dare they defy the elders? We should obey our Mamma. Hope the monkeys have learnt their lesson. Hope they get well soon!”
I have never jumped on the bed as I felt it was wrong and a good girl like me ought not to do this. Even if I did jump on the bed, what if I suffer the same fate and head-injury as that of the monkeys?
Once when I had visited a neighbour’s birthday party and my friends were jumping on the bed, I remembered the monkeys in the nursery rhyme. I appealed to them not to jump on the bed as “ganda hojayega” (It’ll become dirty) “Aunty ko jyaada kaam karna padega…” (Aunty will have to do a lot of work…)My Mom recounted this very proudly to all!
Rhymes remind good times...
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