Thursday, January 12, 2017

#ModernFairyTales - A story and a call to action

Got this on a whatsapp group. Brilliant, so sharing and I've put a
call to action at the end.

"And then the princess found herself locked in a tower surrounded by a
stinky moat with crocodiles and a huge scary dragon guarding the

read the mother, with her eyes wide and voice deep.

Then, she made a sad face and continued softly,

"So, the poor princess waited and waited for her prince to come--"

*"But, why was she waiting for the prince, mumma?!"*
asked the little girl, impatiently.

The mother added, "To come and save her, silly."

"But, mumma, why did she need a prince to save her?" the girl asked again.

"Uhh... hmm..." the mother was at a loss of words.

The little girl said proudly, "If it were me, instead of waiting for
years and years for a prince, I would have tamed the dragon and flew
out of the window."

I would have rescued myself."

She discarded the book and walked away,
"This princess is stupid."

The mother whispered with a broad smile,
"I guess it is time to rewrite the fairy tales."


*Lets teach our daughters to be self sufficient n independent rather
than waiting for a prince or a miracle to happen!*


Its an inspiring idea that I want to see becoming a reality. I want to
see a collection / listing of #ModernFairyTales.

Here's something from my end. While the story above was about women
taking more control over their lives, A few years back I re-wrote an
old Indian story, Eklavya, to touch upon the issues of caste / class
inequality, the "history is written by the victors" angle and the idea
of self-designed learning. I preserved the key events of the story,
but gave it a completely different perspective and different
cause-effect. Called it Eklavya 2.0 . Check it out!

And if you'd like to spark off something about this on the
twitterverse, here's some handy links:

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