Buckingham Palace and the Ramayana Connection

Queen Kaushalya, Sumitra and Kaikayee live in Buckingham Palace.


It so happened, a few months back, that as a step towards introducing Dhruv to our Hindu custom and mythology, daddy started telling him the story of Ramayan every night before sleep. The story and its title have been changed a bit to suit Dhruv’s curiosity, interest, and simplicity to ‘King wali story (A King’s story)’.

Dhruv’s version of Ramayan aka King wali story –

Once upon a time, there was a king named Dashrath. He had 1..2..3……3 queens Kaushalya, Sumitra and Kaikayee. They had 4 children Ram, Laxman, Bharat, and Shatrughan. When all children grow up Ram gets married to Sita.  Then King Dashrath wants to make Ram the new king. But Manthra, a friend of Kaikayee influences the latter to make Bharat the new king and to send Ram to the jungle. Ram goes to jungle with Sita and Laxman. There in the jungle Ram and Laxman kill a lot of dinosaurs (the demons and the rakshas have been substituted by dinosaurs for the sake of familiarity). Then the king of all dinosaurs, Godzilla whose name is Ravan comes and kidnaps Sita and takes her away with him. Ram and Laxman search for Sita everywhere but they cannot find her. Then Hanumanji, the Monkey God comes to their rescue. He takes them to the Godzilla Land, Lanka where Ram kills Ravan and gets Sita back. In the end, Ram, Laxman, and Sita return happily to their home.


In the month of June this year, we had been to London on a vacation. As we stood outside the Buckingham Palace, I informed Dhruv “Do you know who lives in the Buckingham Palace? The Queen lives in the Buckingham Palace.”

He repeated after me ” Queen lives in Buckingham Palace.”

And then, to my surprise and amusement, he added further”Queen Kaushalya, Sumitra and Kaikayee live in Buckingham Palace.”

Oh yes, why not…I realised. He knows the names of the 3 queens so when I mentioned ‘Queen’, he immediately found the correlation between the 3 queens and the palace.

Queen Elizabeth, my heartiest apologies.

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16 comments

    1. hahaha…and daddy will have to give him a correct version of Ramayan there otherwise he will be held guilty of tampering with the religious beliefs.

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    1. Thanks Vinitha.
      While reading with Dhruv is my department, storytelling is his daddy’s. So the credit behind developing this ‘King wali story’ from Ramayan is solely his.
      Thanks for visiting. Hoping to build a great blogging relationship with you.
      Happy Blogging!!

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      1. Same here..Most of the times I read books to my kid and his dad tells stories..
        My pleasure.. I’m exploring your blog little by little. BTW how did u stumble on my blog?? I am just curious!! 🙂

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      2. From the common platform of indiblogger today. Your blog was shining just above mine in the list of new blogs sharing the common tags of parenting and motherhood.

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  2. Very nice post, without a bit of exaggeration. Equal amounts of emotions and sentiments packed.To top it Dhruv has a good memory too. Am sure the Queen would have been the happiest, for the fact that ,Dhruv knows her.

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    1. This is a post from my initial days of blogging. The ‘Masala’ bug had not struck me then and this is the reason this story is as exact as reality without any drama. The third year of Dhruv was full of surprises with his imagination taking higher flights every now and then.

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