All along I was under the impression girls are better story tellers but my experience at a recent summer camp proved otherwise. I also learnt age has nothing to do with the message you wish to convey. When I asked the class of a dozen odd children to complete a story I had related , boys were more forthcoming than girls who had to be coxed into participating. I was both amazed and amused when a couple of boys allowed their imagination to run riot. I was also pleased at the initiative they took to share their own little experiences and the stories they had written.
I had mentioned half a dozen children’s stories I had published in Champak and asked which one of the two: A true friend and A girl called Fatty I should read to them. Excepting one girl, all the rest preferred the first. As I didn’t wish to displease the cute little five plus girl, I read the second story and was surprised at the impact it had –the whole class said they enjoyed it a lot. When I asked each one of them what message the story had conveyed, the little girl who appeared playful throughout the 90 minute session clean bowled me with her answer saying, ‘I learnt we should not make fun if a girl is fat.’
Is there anyone fat in your class? I asked.
Yes, one she replied shyly.
n.meera raghavendra rao