Many years ago when I was still a duckling and the day was my birthday. With a Britannia Marie Gold biscuit in my hand, I stood on the window still, staring outside on a hot afternoon of May. An old umbrella man, carrying dusty old umbrellas, stood bent over the dustbin. Fighting the pariah dogs, he found something. A bunch of chapattis, he pulled out. He carefully tucked the food in his bindle and walked away.
Years later and even today, when I recall the incident, images flash by. It is not the story of the umbrella man or the pariah dogs or the bunch of chapattis. It is the story of the stories I never saw. My mind wondered. Was he not hungry? Who did he save the chapattis for? Who is waiting for him? Does he have a son like me? Would he like a biscuit?
I created a multitude of stories in my head. The world of the umbrella man became a reality. A lonely afternoon in an old house gave rise to monuments of stories.
Stories create memories
We recall life not as linear transactions. We remember life as a testimony to our lived realities. It is our ability to weave my experiences into stories that creates memories. These memories in form of stories connect us to our journey.
Stories bridge realities
There are various realities that we shift through in our lives. People live through their own unique realities. Our subjective observation gives us our own unique perspective towards things. It is stories that help us understand the varying realities.
Stories defies definition
We are obsessed with categories, berths and boxes. We are hardwired to seek for meaning via definitions. But often in our lives we are faced with experiences that are damn difficult to define. Here stories come into play. They defy strict boundaries and help us connect.
Stories change perspective
There are many sides to a picture. There are many observations to reality. There are numerous subjective interpretations of a ‘fact’. Stories help us understand that there are many doorways to neverland. Stories enable us to appreciate the different shifts in perspectives.
Stories transform people
The world depends upon the relationships that we nurture with our interactions. All our relationships should be transformational rather than transactional. Stories are the perfect vehicle to trigger transformation in the world around. Stories build people.
Stories germinate ideas
Stories are capsules that connect and convey the core understanding of life. They germinate ideas. Often ideas die because there are not supported by stories. They become dry, placid and wither away. Stories make ideas live perpetual lives.
Stories create stories
Stories are incubator of its own kind. Stories give rise to many more stories. It provokes and encourages lateral transgressions. It is often the images that stories trigger that help us create parallel stories. No story is an island.
Watch the following whiteboard animation that tells the story of Baba Toon’s adventure in Funky Town.
Stories are unique as well as universal. Do you have a story that you wish to say? Feel free to share it with us. Your insight into storytelling will guide us further. Comments are appreciated.
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