The illustrator’s alien #MondayMusings

All of you stand in a line with your kites and I will click a picture of you,” the instructor called out to the children.

Obediently, all the children formed a horizontal line showing off their kites or rather their drawings of kites. All the kites were perfectly held pointing upwards as if ready to soar high to touch the classroom’s ceiling. Only one kite was facing downwards as if it had already kissed the vast skies finally swooping down to the ground but caught midway. The child with the upside down kite was Dhruv.

This was not the only instance where he stood as the odd one out. He has performed a drill for his school’s sports day facing the opposite direction while all others faced the audience. And, there have been many other similar occasions.

In various storytelling sessions that we have been to, in case he did not like the session, he has stood by the window gazing outside at the passing cars, he has distracted the storyteller and one time, to my acute embarrassment, he began doing rounds of yoga asanas right there in the middle of the room while the story was still going on. He is fairly obedient at home and also outside yet when he begins functioning on a different rhythm, he becomes unstoppable.

A similar incidence happened last Saturday when we had gone to a children’s book illustrator’s event. This event was meant for 5-10-year-old children.  The illustrator first read her book and afterwards conducted an activity with children which was about making animals pictures using paper cuttings of various shapes. At this point, I stepped out to the adjacent room to check out the books available for sale.

1o minutes later, Dhruv came up to me to show his work. There were no traces of paper cuttings on his sheet. Instead, I saw what seemed to me criss-cross lines which may or may not have begun with the shape’s outline. Since I have a grown-up mind – hardly imaginative or creative, I felt it safe to ask him what is the story of his drawing. So, it was an alien animal from the planet Mercury. It had 2 heads on both the sides. The left one was meant for eating and the right one was meant for doing potty and vomiting. Don’t ask me about the obsession with the potty.

I followed him back into the room where I saw the other children had made such neat pictures of animals with perfect shapes which I am assuming their mothers must have helped or we have some wonderful future illustrators in the making. I wish I had taken pictures of their artworks.

And then I glanced at Dhruv’s sheet. He was giving final touches by pasting small bits of paper one over another in one blank part on his sheet. After all, he was meant to stick paper cuttings, so be it.

On satisfactorily finishing off his work, he held it up to show me the epitaph for the Alien Animal – April 7, 2009 to March 28, 2018.

Let us all pray for Dhruv’s Alien Animal who has only 6 more months to live.

And, did I tell you its name? The name actually came 2 days later while the story kept evolving. Its name is Tigros.

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The Alien Animal

 


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12 thoughts on “The illustrator’s alien #MondayMusings

  1. sulekha says:

    You have brought him up to be an independent thinker and doer. Great qualities in a young man/woman. Standing up for what one believes in at such an early age is fantastic. Let us encourage our kids to follow their hearts and express themselves, unafraid.

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  2. Alice Gerard says:

    I am so sorry that the alien animal is going to pass away. I hope that Dhruv can come up with a cure to help him live a little longer. Since he is very imaginative, I bet that he will be able to heal the alien animal.

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  3. Obsessivemom says:

    I am imaging him doing those yoga asans and I cannot stop laughing. He’s such an endearing little guy. Also, that illustration is exactly the kind of thing H would draw/sketch. When I asked him what he had drawn he always had a long explanation which to my mind had nothing to do with what was on paper. I see a lot of similarities here.

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  4. Alok Singhal says:

    More often than not, the odd man out comes out as a winner in life. But you would know that already 😊

    Such a cute little story it is…he is amazing with drawings (much like I was ☺️)

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  5. Vinitha says:

    I love Dhruv. He knows that he doesn’t have to go along with the rest of the crowd. Be like that always, Dhruv. The moment we try to blend in with the crowd, we will lose our essence and will feel lost. Kanna also makes weird drawings which I don’t understand at all and then he goes on to explain what each line means. The stories he creates! What amazes me is that he remembers every minute detail of the story for a later retell session. 🙂 Hugs to Dhruv. 🙂

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  6. mocktail mommies says:

    A was laughing all the while reading this post! I specially loved his take on the second head and its genuine purpose… He is simply outstanding. A rare gem I would say! God bless him.

    – Anagha from Team MocktailMommies

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  7. Esha Mookerjee-Dutta says:

    Let him be happy in being who he is. Not everyone needs to follow the herd. I loved his original alien drawing…very imaginative and creative! let him always continue to soar as far high as his imaginary world takes him to.

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  8. shanayatales says:

    He is such a trooper. 😀 You should be proud that he doesn’t worry about blending in all the time – that trait will be really useful as he grows up. 🙂

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