New Kids, New Toys

Let us teach our kids that Ajay Devgan is not Bhagat Singh and Aamir Khan is not Mangal Pandey

Yestereen, I was watching telly with our kids and instantly an ad popped up on screen “Hema rekha jaya aur sushma sabki pasand.” Forthwith, pappu’s ammi  ‘nirma’ came to us and said, “Now is the time to study, beta ji, but all the kids are looking really bored and pappu spurns going to his study room.

After a few minutes of pappu throwing a tantrum, his ammi thumped him and suddenly pappu said “thappad se darr nahi lagta ammi pyar se lagta hai.” Then his ammi thumped him another time. After that pappu said “jab tak yeh khel khatam nahi hoga apun idarich hai.” Pappu created the whole drama. There he is jostling with his ammi and saying, “rishte mein toh hum tumhare bete lagte hain aur naam hai pappu.” I was sitting there thinking that, while watching telly, the kids reckon that the hero of the movie is like them. They see the hero as a role model.

All these things like movies, songs, dialogues and novels are just for diversion, but sometimes too much of these things dulls the brain. In the thrall of electronic gadgets kids don’t play outdoor games like hopscotch “picho,”my best loved hide and seek, “lukkan michi,”freeze tag “baraf pani”,kho kho cricket and lot more. New kids are only cognisant about videogames. Sometimes these games create a strong sway on kid’s life. Games like “blue whale,”” fire fairy,””five finger fillet” and innumerable other games have wreaked havoc on many sweet nuclear families.

But this story doesn’t stop here. There’s more to it. Many hands are tangled up in it. School regimentation has made the children’s timetable very difficult. School bags filled with hefty books carried on the child’s back directly affect the spinal cord which then affects a child’s growth, affecting things such as height, eyesight, bone weakness and so on. The books and curriculum are wholly the same as ten or twenty years ago. Tell me how can kids learn and discover new things in such schools? Think about how that kid will become a shooter who gets a 2.5 number spec in 1st class.

Some sorts of toxic powders are sold to parents in the name of making kids grow bigger with witless taglines like “aapka bacha hamara bacha.” These adverts lead people astray.

If you compare the brain of that kid who sips milk with growth powder added to a kid who sips the milk directly, I’ll wager you the brain power and energy level of the kid who drinks the milk directly without any such powder is better than the kid who takes the powder.

Ah, advertisers. Maggi does not cook in two minutes and so-called ‘real fruit juice’ is not made from real fruits. Everything is “tedha hai par mera hai.”

Most kids don’t know who Sardar Bhagat Singh, Sardar Kartar Singh Sarabha, Sardar Udham Singh, Sardar Sukhdev Thapar, Aruna Asaf Ali, and lot more, are.

Let us teach our kids that Ajay Devgan is not Bhagat Singh, Aamir Khan is not Mangal Pandey and Paresh Rawal is not Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. I personally counsel parents to share our true history and visit some historical sites like Sirhind, Nankana Sahib in Pakistan, Ajmer Sharif dargah and Ayodhya. Teach them those precious things which are not written in these scholastic books but are learnt only from life experience. Encourage their friendship clique because ‘a friend in need is a friend indeed’ and interacting with other kids is how relationships are built. We all say, “kids are our future” so let us bring them forwards, not backwards. Encourage them to try new things but be sure to set the boundaries for them.

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