Sa Pa Sa

A poem I wrote for a fancy dress competition. Na R and Ad all participated. I dressed them up at a backbone, made with construction paper and cardboard and they sang the three notes before Na recited the poem.

Sa Pa Sa

Ripples on water – with a stone

A soothing rhythmic intone

To Music, they are the backbone

Sa Pa Sa

First notes, a student must hone

A musician setting the tone

A tuned tambura’s drone

Three swaras set in stone

Sa Pa Sa

Each note holding its own

Three notes that don’t have any clones

Sung together, sung alone

Three gems perched high on the musical throne

Sa Pa Sa

If strong like the backbone

A soothing rhythmic intone

Pleasing like making ripples on water – with a stone

If strong like the backbone!

If strong like the backbone!


11 drops of ideas + 9 wonderful imaginations

= Water Stories by Tulika!

The Water stories Tulika generously sent over for review arrived on the 16th of April.  This being the first Tulika book that we are reading,  it was a big treat to read 9 of its authors all together!  I took my time in reading the book which has 11 stories in it. Each drop was so delightfully imaginative and so wonderfully told, it brought much joy to the Avial household.  Below is my review and ratings –

  1. Who owns the water?  “Don’t waste the water! Do you think you own it?”  these words are something that I grew up listening to.  This story by Deepa Balsavar brought up a question that I think has been asked and fought over by generations before us and we still continue to fight.  When I asked my 3-year-old, “Who owns water” after reading the story, she said ” I own water”. Now, isn’t that true, water does belong to the future.  If this lesson can be imparted to everyone that reads this story, then I think the job is well done!  Narad Rating – 4.5/5
  2. The Hero Twins and the Swallower of clouds A wonderful story of good vanquishing the evil by Suniti Namjoshi. The theme of the story will appeal to the very young, the very old and everyone in between. Narad Rating – 3/5
  3. The Green Man  Interesting story with facts and fiction woven together. Children will be intrigued about the shrine in Sri Lanka. I especially liked the way the author Mariam Karim-Ahlawat has drawn a paralled between “Fountain of life” and the water that we see everywhere. Indeed water is the “Fountain of life” and we should all help the Green Man by conserving it! Narad Rating – 3/5 
  4. Selekana and the River Goddess ‘Honesty is the best policy’ and ‘As you sow, so you reap’ ring true in this tale by Zia Whitaker.  Wonderful story, with beautiful illustrations it will really appeal to the girls 🙂  Narad rating – 3.5/5
  5. Queen of the World This  tale by Author Sandhya Rao, talk about  a voyage through the seas. The tale resonates with the lesson that water is very important to the survival of any living being. Narad rating – 3/5
  6. A Well is Born A lovely tale told in prose form. This form is very dear to my heart and I loved the way the author Radhika Chadha has written it.  I also liked the moral, if you will, at the end of the story. Of the wisdom of the East working with the Science of the West to create wonderful innovations to help the mankind.  The poem maybe a little too long for very young children, but it may appeal to older kids. Narad rating – 3/5 
  7. House of Sun and Moon  We at the Avial household, totally enjoyed this story by Amruta Patil.  It’s a wonderful story depicting the vastness of water. The story has been very well written.  Narad rating – 4/5
  8. Koluscap and the Water Monster This story by author Sowmya Rajendran, took me back in time to the Native American’s struggle for water. What is rather sad is even though the story is old, the situation still exists in various corner’s of the world where water becomes a property to some people and others are deprived from it. Hopefully Koluscap can get rid of all the water Monster’s and make the wonderful resource available to all!  My older daughter loved this story and keeps asking for the “Loo’scap story” everyday! 🙂 Narad rating – 3.5/5
  9. Tiddalik the Frog I am rather upset with author Suniti Namjoshi! She managed to make Tiddalik more popular than Prince Narad in the Avial household! Wonderful story,delightfully written! “You are what you eat..err drink” rings true through the story. Narad rating – 4/5
  10. The Dragon’s Pearl A beautiful ‘Pearl’ of a story by author Niveditha Subramaniam.  Two things close to everyone’s heart is mother and water! The two have been brought together in a wonderful manner by the author. I am sure older children will be curious enough after this story to read more about the river Wang-Niang-Tan! Narad rating – 4/5
  11. Tribute for a King by Sandhya Rao brings to mind the proverb “Beware of Greeks bearing Gifts” 🙂 A good story depicting the all encompasive nature of water. Narad rating 3/5

I especially liked the  “Water Timeline” and “Water Facts” at the end of the book.  This is one book that I am sure will grow with my children. We are going to keep reading it and at different ages, they will absorb different lessons from it.

While most of the stories will appeal to the younger generation and they will be able to understand it, some stories will definitely need an adult helping the child to understand it.  I only wish, a small two liner was added at the end of every story, kind of like a summary with a lesson imparting “Water conservation” so that it can be carried by the child forever.

Like the saying “Little drops of Water make a mighty ocean” I hope with these 11 drops of wonderful stories create an ocean of awareness among all the readers and we make the Earth a better place to live, for the future generation!  

More information regarding the book can be found here and here