Updated: Feb 8
When words and images were introduced to us, we learnt to visualize what we read. Reading gave us the freedom to think and envisage a world built from our muse. A world where we have the audacity to explore the reflections our thoughts: Untouched, pure and untamed.
Started brand new series of the year with hope, happiness, positivity and of course a new model 'Niharika'. She's the daughter of our building's maintenance person. She visits us regularly mostly to play and learn. We have been planning to do a series with her for a long time and finally, we did it. Shooting with her wasn't easy. She speaks only Telugu and a bit of English but we don't yet
Television was called an idiot box for a reason. While growing up, we had telecast only for a few hours a day and limited to only one or two channels. When cable TV came, they brought hundreds of channels and 24×7 broadcasting. A section of them exclusively made for children...not to educate but to entertain them.
Mobile phone and cheaper internet have replaced the television with streaming content for children. Parents find it more convenient to leave their children in the care of mobile phones and carry on with their own personal works. Phones have become the nanny of modern times. Two best friends of mankind: books and dogs have been replaced by technology providing passive entertainment to the young mind of the generation.
Books open a new world of adventure and exploration. From fierce battles to sweet-smelling orchards, from slaying monsters in the sea to flying among clouds, every turn of the page brings new joy, a new adventure, new friendship, a new universe.
Reading a book vs watching the same story on screen, well they are not necessarily the same. Words stimulate the brain more than watching it play. The author provides us with the plot and the characters, but our mind paints the surrounding and fills every gap that he/she might have missed or intentionally skipped. We get everything cooked and served with no scope left for imagination while watching them on the screen.
Stories made our childhood memorable. Remember gathering around grandmas with all other children in the house to listen to her fabulous tales? I remember my elder brother reading from storybooks. He's such a storyteller... even the most boring story became interesting once he read in his own dramatic style. I'm sure his daughter now gets the same awesome experience.
Great ideas and creativity emerge from stories and narrations. Everything that we read helps us construct our thoughts in association with the reality around us. The innocence of children is an ocean of opportunities to let their reasoning ability delve into the core of their imagination. Reading books induces their senses. They can imagine when others can't even see. They can comprehend things when others can't even hear. They can feel when others can't even touch! And then they can fly while others watch them soar.
Spending the warm noon by the window with a book in hand and joy of reading in the heart. There are few things as comforting. Lockdown gave many options: many of us picked our books from the shelves instead. Tell me about your favourite book.
I publish my photos in a series of six photos. See them first on my Instagram handle @someonekrishna. Every photo should be viewed in sequence as they are part of a series. Caption/ description is a major part of the photos. In order to understand my photos and the series better, please do read the description.