Monday, 24 November 2014

Rhymes Remind Good Times...



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:
Itsy Bitsy Spider Nursery Rhyme (Watch the Video HERE)
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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30 comments:

  1. Very nice post Anita :)

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    1. Thanks for your appreciation, Alok :)

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    1. Yes stories & memories last & transport us to that world...

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  3. There were those with rowing the boat, twinkling stars & London bridge falling down, right? my favourites :D

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Teny :)
      Yes, I love these too! Tough to pick one or two :D

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  4. Loved this post Anita ! My favorite ones were 10 green bottles and twinkle stars :)

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    1. Thanks a lot, Renu :)
      How we love rhymes! Twinkle Twinkle is perhaps the best loved or the most popular rhyme in the world... :)

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  5. Aww..such a sweet post Anita..nostalgic too... :-)

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    1. Thanks for your sweet words, Mani :)

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  6. How sweet, rhymes bring back my bachman memories too :) 'Bits of paper' and 'Old Mac Donald had a farm' were my favorite and I remember listening to five little monkeys with my nephew a few months back, its a sweet rhyme ^_^ Rhymes are taught to us in childhood for they carry great moral values :) Sweet post.

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    1. Thanks for sharing :) So true! Rhymes have moral values.
      Even I love Bits of paper and Old Mac Donald and all the farm-animals :)

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  7. Hmm - Looks like the world had moved beyond "Humpty Dumpty" and all - cannot recognize any of these rhymes :)

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    1. You must check out the cool videos, Sureshji. Have provided the links :)

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  8. Great post Anita! Your nice narration of your 'Rhyme-days' made me remember my old days!

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    1. Thanks for your appreciation, Saket :)
      Yes! Those were our good old days. Nice to go there on a trip down the memory-lane!

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  9. Innocent and sweet childhood memories

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  10. Greetings from Taiwan!
    It was a nice read, Anita! Brought back many fond memories. :)

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    1. Welcome here, Nisha! Warm greetings to you :)
      Thanks! Nice that you took a trip to your childhood too just like I did while writing this!

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  11. That five little monkeys bit made me nostalgic! Loved that rhyme when I was a kid :D Lovely post sweety!

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    1. Thanks for your lovely words, Bushra :)
      How time flies! What we enjoy soon becomes- nostalgia & a memory...

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  12. I was expecting the videos in your sweet voice but.......... Couldn't you record them & post here? :)

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    1. Thanks for your cool feedback, Ravish! Great minds think alike!
      Even I was planning to attach my rhymes in my voice. My parents had recorded my rhymes. The audio-cassettes are very much there in my parents' home. I could not collect them & share.
      Will do the next time I visit :) :)

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