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Reading it right
Toddlers turn into children who later evolve into adults. However, if this journey goes unchecked, undisciplined toddlers can turn into arrogant children who eventually grow into entitled adults. When I understood this behavioural cycle, I could not help but ponder over the kind of mother I had to be to change this cycle. Referring to the article No child's play (Feb 7), I realised how important it is for children to not only read, but read the right content. All the three authors, have boiled down to a simple yet convincing idea - reading, at a tender age, should bridge the gap between fantasy and reality.
One should talk and think like a child in order to connect with them. I believe that children should not be rewarded with the 'black mirror' just because their parents want an afternoon siesta or get rid of their (children's) nagging in public! The only way we can bring about this intelligent shift is by becoming avid readers ourselves because children have a tendency to emulate their parents. They need to see it first, to listen and follow suit.
Rashida Gheewala, by email
The clock is ticking
Keep talking, lady (Feb 7) was one of the most touching articles I have read in a while. Time did connect with me, but divergently. It reminded me of a quote my teacher said: "Time is precious, spend it with the right people."
Why does it take a tragedy to make us realise that time is valuable? Although death and time do go hand-in-hand, death is unpredictable. So, every second must be cherished. Time can never be refurbished; once lost, it is lost. There are people who die young, but live far better and fulfilling lives than people who die old. The aim should be to have a meaningful and balanced life. Remember, time is the ultimate gift of God that cannot be returned to customer service.
Sravya Nagalakunta, by email
Our greatest resource
Bikram Vohra's poignant article (Keep talking, lady, Feb 7) gave an imbuing effect on the value of time, not as a commercial commodity, but rather as a gratifying resource, for ourselves and for reaching out to others who may not be as privileged.
Over the past few weeks I have been guilty of lamenting over the spread of the coronavirus, glowering at those strangers with a cough, or brandishing the hand wash at my family members as they arrive home, often insensitively. As a mom to a toddler, I thought it was alright to spend time updating my feed with the latest statistics, but a recent drive in the capital city, taught me otherwise. A skyscraper had been illuminated with the message Wuhan Jiayou, translating our support to the city of Wuhan - the heart of the devastation - to 'Stay Strong'. In the midst of our fears, I had forgotten that we need to give time for empathy rather than sympathy, for prayers rather than ostracisation. Let's come together, this time for China.
Malaika Rodrigues, by email
When melody heals you
Every person has beautiful memories as a child. Some of us loved dancing in our frilled frocks at every wedding, some loved singing in front of a large crowd, and some even enjoyed standing in front of a mirror and practicing their acting skills. But rarely do we grow up and continue our passion with the same determination. Our music is art therapy (Feb 7) hence caught my eye. Coming from the beautiful land of Georgia, the Healer Twins never left the chords striking their heart.
Now they are creating melody which heals the mind, body and soul. It's rare nowadays to have people encourage you to live your dream or pursue your hobby as a career. Parents fear that careers such as music, philosophy, arts or drama will not provide stability for the future and therefore discourage their wardss. But young people like the Healer Twins motivate younger minds, and that in itself is gratifying.
Raksha S, by email