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Spinning Yarns

November 24, 2014 Leave a comment

What makes a good storyteller, in your opinion? Are your favorite storytellers people you know or writers you admire?

It is said that the best way to engage your audience is to narrate a story.  Children love being told stories.  I grew up reading Amar Chitra Katha a wonderful collection of mythological Indian stories.  I also read the Chandamama,  Hardy Boys and James Hadley Chase.

My daughter would not allow me to sleep without telling her a bed-time story every night.   For most children, it is their grandmother and for some it is their parents.

Storytelling is an art.  And a story can enthrall, entertain and inspire our children.  Aesop’s fables, Grimms fairy tales, folk tales and others have a takeaway message – a moral that makes them even more memorable.

Some writers like Roald Dahl, Mark Twain, Richmal Crompton, Enid Blyton, Lewis Caroll, Robert Louis Stevenson R.K. Narayan etc  weaved stories full of humour, suspense and vivid imagery that we were all captivated.

A good story teller has the following traits:

–  selects  a story that suits the audience
–  brings the story to life
–  loves  the story
–  selects a story plot that has some conflict and resolution
–  creates vivid images
–  uses voice modulation, gestures and eye contact to emphasize the message
–  pauses for effect
–  leaves the audience wanting more

Other interesting posts in this category:
1) http://shesrambling.com/2014/11/23/just-for-today-i-m-the-story-teller/
2) http://dossiersofsbk.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/raconteurs/
3) http://iamnotsickboy.com/2014/11/24/sweet-storytellers/
4) http://www.inspiringmax.com/storytelling-powerful/
5) http://lindaswritingblog.wordpress.com/2014/11/23/my-story-2/
6) http://flowersandbreezes.wordpress.com/2014/11/23/story-telling/
7) http://teepee12.com/2014/11/23/once-upon-a-time-2/
8) http://yzhengblog.wordpress.com/2014/11/23/we-are-all-storytellers/
9) http://ripplesnreflectiontimes.wordpress.com/2014/11/03/gone-girl/
10) http://tombalistreri.wordpress.com/2014/11/23/spinning-a-yarn/

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Childhood dreams

March 27, 2011 11 comments

The tender, mellow  voice
Gentle laugh and sweet smiles
Your sweet caress endearing
The gladness of your looks

Climbing cashew trees
Crying over a scratched knee
Games that never stopped
Holidays memorable

School days and classes
Paper boats and aeroplanes
Calling each other names
Getting drenched in the rain

Soap bubbles and sand castles
Butterflies and Barbie dolls
Cartoons and enid blytons
And priceless grandma stories

Innocent questions and fervent pleas
Melts a stubborn heart
Your spontaneous giggle
Wipes away my tears

Tired eyes fall asleep
On hearing mothers lullaby
And fairies wade into your dreams
Of birds and sunshine

© copyright skm,  March 27th, 2011

 

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