Monday, November 28, 2005

Of Gods and Demons

Over the past couple of months N has been fascinated with tales of Indian mythology, of the fight between good and evil and of the various Indian gods and demons.

Calvin and Tintin and Asterix and Obelix on the one hand and tales of the Dashaavathara, Ramayana and Mahabharatha on the other.

Over the weekend, he was narrating the story of Lord Narasimha, Hiranyakashipu and Prahalad to his grandparents and eventually he came to the question of why gods and demons always seemed to be fighting.

He answered his own question and said the demons were fighting to take over god's lands. Then he said, nodding wisely, "Yeah, the demons wanted Kerala because it's god's own country."

14 comments:

Minal said...

Observant and sharp today's young minds....

Anjali said...

not just wise, but also ad savvy!

charu said...

Anjali, exactly my thought - an adman's delight :)
does he also read a lot of amar chitra katha? no better way to get him to read. and know our old stories and legends.

rajeshwari said...

He was always a smart kid. I am waiting to see him.
There is a new DVD for kids "Hanuman", rent it out for him he will enjoy it..

The ramblings of a shoe fiend said...

genius! so which one of u is taking the credit for it?

MumbaiGirl said...

Heh, heh, heh, he's smart!

Anonymous said...

HAHAHA! Not sure if the Kerala Tourism guys will like the thought that all the visitors to their state are 'demons' in disguise! :)
Ravi @ ravikumar.blogdrive.com

Sakshi said...

Hope you guys took him to see 'Hanuman'..surely he would come up with more brilliant after watching this movie.

Sujatha said...

Minal and Anjali, :))

Charu, he hasn't started on Amar Chitra Katha yet, but the stories he's reading are in that format. You're right, it's time we got him some of those. I had volumes and volumes of them...

Rajeshwari and Sakshi, someone said Hanuman was unnecessarily gory. I'd planned to take him to the movie theater when it was released, but a friend who'd seen it with her son was very upset. I'll get the DVD, you can always fast forward the gory stuff.

Rajeshwari, we'll be there in December! Can't wait to see everyone and everything! I'll send you an e-mail with the details.

SF, now that you mention it, it's all me, of course!

Ravi and MG, :))))

Sunil said...

Sujatha........all i can say is.."kids these days".

I rarely came up with statements like that ever :-((

And yeah...the Hanuman animation is fun (actually, being an animation and anime buff, i can say with conviction that the animation is excellent, but the dialog and the voices could have done with much more, and less cheese).

Sujatha said...

Sunil, me neither :((( My dad keeps telling me to watch out, I have a handful with N...

Ok, will definitely rent Hanuman. Thanks all for the recommendation.

Prithi Shetty said...

:) thats a good one :)

Michael Higgins said...

Hi Sujatha
How old is N? Kids can say some of the most interesting things.

My son (who is now 7) showed some interest in Amar Chitra Katha comics last year. Maybe a trip to India will refuel some interest.

Sujatha said...

Prithi, :))

Michael, he's 5 and a 1/2. Although he had a few Indian mythology books when we were in VA, he got really interested in this stuff after we moved here. So you're right, the exposure does help.

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