Story Time

Once upon a time

Once upon a time,there was a big round ball of fire floating in space, called the Earth. After many many years, Earth got bored and wanted some company. So she cooled down and became a beautiful new planet with living forms. Some of them developed and evolved and whoa! You know what happened next. For then came this unique new creature called man -- considered the most intelligent of all creatures (well,some people say that’s debatable but let’s not get distracted now shall!) Well, the point is that everything, including the history of our planet, makes for a wonderful story, even if it is real. Since man first came into this Earth he has been creating stories. Actually, most things around us can be made into stories. In fact, all stories are born out of life. So, life creates stories and stories add life to our lives. So cool, right? Indeed, life would be so blah without stories...

Niyati Mishra

The Grey City

'The myths, are they true?' asked Milly 'the myths about THE GREY CITY?'

'Yes child', answered Nate. He handed her a parchment with shaking fingers. 'Run, child!', he croaked, and his soul drifted from his body.

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You mean apart from the fact that they are so much fun? If you haven;t figured it out, it’s high time you started reading stories, buddy! Stories make you smarter -- they tickle your imagination, teach you about the world and and life in general and of course can be your constant companion wherever you go! Rest assured, you’ll never be bored! 

It’s very obvious - books are our best buddies always. They never fail us. That’s why people who read a lot very rarely complain about being bored. Also,look around you -- some of the smartest and most successful people around us are the ones who read a lot. No kidding! Test it out if you want. This is because reading improves knowledge, helps in thinking, boosts imagination, builds vocabulary and language skills, and teaches morals that help us in life life always, no matter how old we are. Need we say more?

It’s simple, go to the library or book shop, pick up any book that interests you and make it a point to finish it. Try discussing it with any of your friends. It could be a good chance to show off how smart you are! Seriously. To make it easier, start by reading simple stories/other stuff in magazines/newspapers. Also, if you like a certain story in your English textbook, ask your teacher to recommend other such stories to read.

The classic Indian epics Ramayana and Mahabharatha have so many action-packed stories tucked within them that they can keep you going for a very long time. All our gods too have fantastic stories around them. Ask your grandparents or some one else to tell them. The Panchatantra Tales and tales from the Hitopadesha also need to be added to your must-read list. They give you some of the best life lessons. Other cultures such as Greek, Roman, Scandinavian etc too have some awesome stories about their gods and other larger-than-life characters such the Vikings! They are so vivid, you can almost see them in action!

There are no rules to start reading stories. But to ensure you don’t get bored, you could try anything that has a lot of action and adventure. Some classics that never fail are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Gulliver’s  Travels, Alice in Wonderland, Around the World in 80 days, 20,00 Leagues Under the Sea etc. Some modern ones such as the Enid Blyton Series, more recent ones such as the Harry Potter Series and stories by other modern writers such as Roald Dahl and Ruskin Bond, are also worth spending your time. Finally, like we already said, stories from our epics and other mythological tales will never fail to entertain you. 

Anything that entertains you, while expanding your ideas and imagination is an art form. So naturally stories that bring alive characters, places and actions, and make your mind richer with ideas and knowledge are considered part of great art forms. A great story transports you to a different place and time.

If you think people who read a lot of stories are smart, people who read a lot of comics are even smarter! Truly. Comics convey many things in a funny, clever way and it takes a really brilliant artist/writer to create an interesting comic strip. Comics sharpen your sense of humour and help you see things differently. So in a sense, you can say that reading comics actually develops your personality. And then of course, a comic very rarely bores you. Pick up one and start reading and you will never know how time flies!

The great poet William Wordsworth defined poetry as “emotions recollected in tranquility.”  This means that poem comes to you when you recall or remember emotions in moments of peace. This also means that poetry usually happens when you experience an emotion deeply or something touches you in your soul. So while prose expresses, poetry expresses something with the extra magic of music. So loosely put, you can also say that poetry is prose in rhythm. Please note that rhythm is different from rhyme. Rhythm is a musical manner in which lines flow with clear pauses in between . Rhyme means similar sounding words. So while a poem may or may not have rhyming words, it will definitely have a basic rhythm.

A poem makes your heart sing,

And gives you mind a wing...

Agree? Now, how about expanding the above lines into a proper poem?

The English language has countless number of wonderful poems. But here is a list of 10 poems you must definitely read though it’s certainly not a complete list:

  1. ‘Daffodils’ by William Wordsworth
  2. ‘Solitary Reaper’ by William Wordsworth
  3. ‘The Tyger’  by William Blake 
  4. ‘If ‘ by Rudyard Kipling
  5. ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’ by Robert Frost 
  6. ‘The Road Not Taken’ by Robert Frost
  7. ‘Where the Mind is Without Fear’ by Rabindranath Tagore
  8. ‘Ode to Nightingale’ - John Keats
  9. ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’ - By Tennyson
  10. ‘The Sands of Dee’ by Charles Kingsley

A limerick is a short, funny rhyming poem usually of 5 lines where lines 1, 2 and 5 rhyming with one another and lines 3&4 have their own rhyme pattern. Limericks are great fun to read and memorize. Consider these lines by Edward Lear:

"There was an Old Man with a beard

Who said, 'It is just as I feared!

Two Owls and a Hen,

Four Larks and a Wren,

Have all built their nests in my beard!’"

Get the idea? Now how about creating your own limericks?

  • Old man with a beard by Edward Lear 
  •  Young lady of Dorking  - Edward Lear
  • Hickory Dickory Dock -
  • Little Miss Muffet
  • There was a small boy of Quebec -Rudyard Kipling
  • A wonderful bird is the Pelican - Dixon Merritt
  • There was an old man of St Bees - W.S Gilbert
  • There was a young of lady station - Lewis Carroll

Meet 15 year old Ananya Hegde, a student of St Rock's School in Udupi.

Ananya loves to read, write and take photographys

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