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Papa Scheherazade

Even today, when the kids have entered the terrible twenties, I look back upon those precious vignettes of sharing and caring  and my eyes grow misty.

Yes, if Papahood often confronts you with your own frailties it also gives you moments of pristine joy, pride and esteem. If Papahood defined me as   gauche and uncouth it also gave me the prized title of Papa Scheherazade!


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Ramendra Kumar (Ramen) is an award-winning writer for children and young adults with 27 books to his name. He also dabbles in satire, poetry, fiction and travelogues. His writings have been translated into several Indian and foreign languages and showcased in many text books and anthologies. Ramen is a much sought after inspirational speaker and storyteller. An Engineer and an MBA, Ramen is working as Chief of Communications, Rourkela Steel Plant, Odisha. You can visit Ramen's website www.ramendra.in

3 thoughts on “Papa Scheherazade

  1. Kritika Srinivasan

    What a wonderful post – so well written that I could imagine you weaving your tales with two small children all ears and caught up in the moment! Yes, these story-times do create a wonderful bond with your children, don’t they? For many years, I made up stories for my daughter as well – all unbelievable, hilarious and extremely adventurous. Now I read to her. She has been an independent reader for years but still insists that the bedtime story must be read by me. And I enjoy rediscovering my old favourites with her.

  2. Ramendra Kumar

    Thanks a ton, Kritika! Glad you liked it. For me and my kids the best time of the day was story time! I only wish young parents of today do not use surrogate story tellers like the idiot box or the net and become true blue Mama and Papa Scheherzaadie :)

  3. Aparajita Bose

    I loved and laughed over every sentence! Indeed my own childhood came revisiting me as I read the blog. I can visualize my granny who raised me during my formative years sitting in the terrace as I relished and swallowed every short story she spun for me before I sat down with my books in the evening. I have always believed in bonding over stories. When I kept long hours at my workplace I tried making up with stories from books as my little son sat, ears and eyes alert! Later, with more time in hand, as I had quit my demanding job I moved to spinning stories, “cooked in my mind”, for my little daughter. Long live stories!


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