In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Spinning Yarns.”
Story telling is an art that is special – it is a God given gift.
As a kid I heard stories about Indian Mythology and Epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana from my grandmother.We used to visit her during the summer vacations and she would tell us stories every single night. They became a part of my life forever. My mother would tell me stories of the novels she would be reading at that point in time or of movies.
Having said that, I have loved and will always love stories that came to me from books.
I grew up on a diet of Enid Blyton’s books and she was my favorite author in childhood. Whether Fairy tales or stories of the Famous Five or Fatty and the 5 Findouters, or my favorite Naughtiest Girl, they were all real to me. St Clare’s and Malory Towers were as familiar as my own St Mary’s !! I did read Classics, autobiographies and magazines but my idea of holidays , friendships , loyalty were shaped by Enid Blyton, I would think. As also my lifetime love affair with books.
As I graduated to Wilbur Smith, Robert Ludlum, Fredrick Forsyth and other bestsellers -as well as the omniscient Mills N Boon along the way- I saw new places and my horizons widened. Leon Uris, Hemingway,William Golding and Colleen McCllough rubbed shoulders on my teenager bookshelf.
I could devour any words, be they in books, magazines, newspapers or even “comics” ,from Archies to the Superheroes to Indian Amar Chithra Katha, I loved all the stories they told.
Then came the movies. To me they are as important storytellers as any book. A well directed adaptation of heavier stories and books are a way of reaching out to the youth and children.
Stories allow us to dream. They give us wings to fly. The strong characters we meet in them or even the unsavory ones can shape our attitude to life itself. They can motivate, they can inspire – they can inspire revolutions or an entire generation, in fact. They allow us to visit places we never may in our entire lifetime. They introduce us to new ways of thinking or even living.
I can go on and on about books and movies and so I will put a stop to my rambling on this prompt!I still have “bucket lists” of books I would love to and want to read.
A storyteller is a gift that God gives us to help us live our dreams. May their tribe ever increase.