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Pooh and the Art of Living & Loving 3- One Step Closer

Updated on November 1, 2016
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Mohan is a family physician, film and TV aficionado, a keen bibliophile and an eclectic scribbler.

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The Story so Far...

Winnie the Pooh wakes up in hundred acre wood not knowing who he is. Pooh's puzzlement deepens when his friend the Piglet arrives and calls him 'Pooh' and yet the sign over his door says 'Mr Sanders'.This puzzle taxes his very little brain but slowly and surely he tries to work out who he might be and it is not easy.

It will be even less easy for you, dear reader, have you not read the previous two ponderings of Pooh.

I assure you these prior preparations are full of the Pooh-isms, poetry and other potpourri of delights only hundred acre wood can proffer. So feel free to visit Pooh in the previous two chapters should you be new to this part of hundred acre wood. If you have been coming on this journey all along, dear reader, then let's take a step forward and see what Pooh and Piglet are up to.

For as a wise man once said, Even a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

Pooh and Piglet Ponder the Path
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In which the friends ponder the path...


When Pooh and Piglet set off with a bit of moss on their bottom and a lot of hope in their soul, they had the firm idea of solving the puzzle of who Pooh was and why his house had a sign that said Mr Sanders. They knew wise old old owl will have the answers.

When you are on the way to find answers there is always a spring in one's step. Even if you didn't know what the answer is going to be. So the friends hopped along until they came to a path. Pooh knew the path. He was astonished how much of hundred acre wood was familiar even though his own face wasn't. The path was wet with the fresh rain that that had just stopped. There were little puddles all over it. Piglet hopped around one and said 'Wheeee'. Pooh smiled. He reared up and hopped across a little puddle too, but he miscalculated his own speed and jumped over one and landed on the next.

Pooh went 'Oopsy'.

The friends laughed. The clouds were still grey but patches of bright blue sky was peeping through. The leaves in the trees started glinting in the sunlight from all the water droplets that were sliding and jumping off them. The breeze was still a bit strong but pleasant.

Pooh held piglet's hand and they both jumped over the next puddle together. Piglet's scarf flew like a flag around his neck as he landed on the ground. "This is fun, Pooh" he squeaked.

Where there is fun, a song is not far behind. In fact it wasn't behind at all, it was in the front of them. The friends sang as they hopped over a few more puddles.

Hop Hoppity Hop
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In which the friends sing and hop...

Hop hoppity hop

The rain will stop

The wet does stay

For the some of the day


Hop hoppity hop

There are puddles that plop

To dance and dash

Jump and splash


Hop hoppity hop

The sun will mop

The path goes dry

Right before my eye


Hop hoppity hop

How does the water drop

Jump up and fly

Back to the sky


Hop hoppity hop

Hop hoppity hop

Blowing in the wind
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...Sometimes the path before us can become hazy and hope may blow away.

It helps to sit down and ponder for a moment rather than plough ahead when you can't see. Hope has a way of finding its way back and the path always clears.

In Which the wind blows strong...


The gentle breeze became gusty and strong as Pooh and Piglet started walking, a tad breathless after their recent puddle-jumping and singing.

"Whooooooooooooo" said the wind as it played hide and seek among the trees in the woods. "Sssssshhhhhhhhh" said the leaves and the branches.

The path was full of leaves and small twigs and the wind blew a little dusty tornadoes up ahead. Pooh could hardly see as he gripped little Piglet's hand tight.

"Hold on to me, Piglet" he shouted above the wind, "Don't let go!"

The air became a swirl of brown and green and Pooh's eyes hurt. He started rubbing his eyes when he realised Piglet was no longer attached to his hands. "Oh Bother!" he said.

"Piglet!" he shouted over the noisy woods. "Where are youuuuu?"

"Youuuuuuuuuuu. Whooooooooooo. Shhhhhhhhh" went the wind all around him. Pooh started panicking. He shouted some more but couldn't hear Piglet's little voice anywhere.

His only hope of knowing who he was was that little glimmer of hope that came to find him. Now Piglet has blown away. Pooh was lost and sad. He put his hands out to find the safety of a tree to sit behind till the wind blew away.

Sometimes the path before us can become hazy and hope may blow away. It helps to sit down and ponder for a moment rather than plough ahead when you can't see. Hope has a way of finding its way back and the path always clears.


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In which the Pooh finds a buzz...

Pooh leaned on the trunk of a tree and closed his eyes. He thought about his adventures so far. Waking up, seeing that strange face in the mirror, finding the honey pot, piglets visit, Mister Sanders sign, setting out to see owl, puddle jumping... He felt the wind die down around him as everything went calm. He wondered whether as his thinking stopped swirling the wind did too. Instead of the whooosh now there was a gentle buzz.

Pooh opened his eye and saw a little bee. The bee looked at Pooh and hovered in the same place, its tiny gossamer wings flapping so fast they looked like a tiny tornado.

Pooh felt that the bee was trying to tell him something. Pooh, although he didn't know who he actually was, knew very much that he didn't speak Bee.

"I don't speak bee! I'm sorry" he said.

"buzzz" said the bee.

"Pardon me?"

The bee did a little somersault and flew to the left, stopped,and hovered again.

Even though he was a bear of very little brain, Pooh knew the bee was trying to lead him somewhere. "Maybe it is showing me where Piglet is. Or maybe it is taking me to my home."

"Or the bee could be taking me to its own home!" Pooh's tummy rumbled at the thought of honey.

He felt bad he was actually considering eating the bee's home. Which happens to be a honey comb that Pooh adored. He quickly erased this thought. It was easy to erase thoughts from little brains. Especially when the thought could lead to being chased by hundreds of bees.

Pooh followed as the bee flew ahead.

Sometimes guidance can come in the tiniest form. Waiting for big moments of direction, it is easy to miss the small ones. Pooh, thankfully didn't do that. He was certain the little bee was going to guide him back to his friends, or his home.

Pooh blinked six times. If you have been following this adventure from the beginning, dear reader, you'd now know that you blink once for clarity, twice for purity, three times for sanity and four times for curiosity. Five times, in itself a rarity, is how much you blink for a calamity.

Six times, breaks new ground for us. I think that is how much you blink for certainty.

Pooh blinked six times. If you have been following this adventure from the beginning, dear reader, you'd now know that you blink once for clarity, twice for purity, three times for sanity and four times for curiosity. Five times, in itself a rarity, is how much you blink for a calamity.

Six times, breaks new ground for us. I think that is how much you blink for certainty.

Home, sweet, Home!
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In Which Pooh faces a dilemma...

It wasn't long before the buzzing grew stronger. Pooh turned the corner as he followed the little bee and he froze in his tracks. Just up ahead, hanging from one of the branches was one of the biggest bee-homes he has seen. There were other bees buzzing around their hive as the bee that was flying ahead of Pooh joined them. It seemed that the little bee was telling the others of the visitor he has brought.

The buzzing sound went a bit higher. Pooh didn't know if this meant that the bees were happy or angry. His eyes were transfixed on the golden yellow, glistening honeycomb that was dripping with sweet goodness. The bees have been busy indeed. Pooh was very, very hungry again and the thought of all that hanging there was too much for his little brain. As he stepped closer to the branch, the buzzing intensified even more. There was a stream running next to the tree and the bubbling sound of water reminded Pooh of something.

Pooh stopped for a moment as his song came back to him.



"Pooh! Pooh!"
"Pooh! Pooh!" | Source

Who am I?

(Is it where I am)

Who am I?

(Is it what I like?)

Who am I?

(Is it who I know?)

Who am I?

(Is it how I look?)

Who am I?

(Is it what I am called?)”

Who am I?

( Is it where I live?)

Who am I?

(Is it what I do?)

Who am I?

(Will I ever know?)

Who am I?

(Will I ever know?)


And as the song started to fade in his mind, Pooh heard a great big shout from across and above the stream "Pooh, Pooh!" the voices came.




To be continued.....in Chapter 4

(All the illustrations were drawn and painted on the iPad 'Paper' app using my finger - influenced by the original illustrations by EH Shepard)


Pooh created by A A Milne

originally illustrated by EH Shepard

This story by Mohan Kumar

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Oh wow, I will blink as many times as it takes... I don't want the next installment to be the last... and I will keep "hoping against hope".

      I am enjoying the spin you are placing on some of my favorite childhood characters, Doc. Your artwork is charming. Your lessons are beautiful for adults and children alike.

      It is hard to tease apart what you are 'best' at writing but I admit I am partial to this series. Voted UP and across the board. Hugs, mar

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      Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      AWESOME JOB!!!! You have hidden wisdom as well as morals in your writing!!! I will definitely read the next installment!!! I am also amazed by the art!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brilliant! I bow to your imagination and wisdom!

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      great work, mohan. Your creativity is amazing and I am sure your kids would also love to read your work.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Poor piglet, blowing away like that! That little guy seems to get in the oddest messes... If I were traveling with them, I would have been jumopig IN those puddles, with the "oopsy" coming after I splashed them :)

      This series is so enjoyable to read. You are a master at creating these characters to be believable and loveable, as well as passing along may good lessons. I like the bit about pondering - I find that to be very helpful at times.

      I am eager to see where Pooh's journey leads him.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Very charming and so interesting. I love the artwork and all you have done for this hub. I am going to vote UP. Loveable and charming.

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Docmo,

      Yay! Pooh has made it back! :) Another awesome Pooh hub! Beautiful, clever, ans simply amazing! I love the artwork, the poem, everything! Great job buddy!

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      Your Cousins 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      A well-illustrated Pooh adventure. Yes, I will return for the final installment.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Wow, absolutely adorable - and wise!..i am wondering, sir - have you ever read 'The Tao of Pooh'? You seem to have the wisdom of an 'old soul'. I like that in a man...Or a woman - for that matter! By the way - Winnie the Pooh originaged in my city WINNIE-peg, Manitoba, Canada - we have statues of him..(sigh..what a claim to fame..lol)

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Wisdom written into this gorgeous whimsical tale, I loved it Mohan - and I want more! Your drawings are superb by the way.

      Voted up, etc

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      OK - I just blinked 6 times because I'm certain that these hubs are great! I love your illustrations, and your writing as usual is superb.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Doc, I just loved this one and am so enjoying Pooh's adventures and cannot wait for the last installment. I have to tell you my kids room theme is Winnie the Pooh and my husband even painted a huge mural-like picture of Baby Pooh and friends for my first when I was pregnant with her. So, Pooh is very near and close to my heart. Anyways, another gem here and have voted and shared as well.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Delightful, You are so very talented, I'll need to retrace my steps to follow the Pooh saga.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. Thanks for the bedtime story as I was reading this at 10:30 PM Eager to find our how it all ends. Passing this on.

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      Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Thanks, Mohan. I've spent a lovely day reading 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' whilst in my car on Streatham Common. I thought I would finish it before I go to bed because I am feeling quite emotional... it's about ex-patriates and returnees to India. But I've come home to read this and decided that 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' will have to wait till tomorrow, because tonight it's, 'In Which Pooh and Piglet Go Hunting and Nearly Catch a Woozle'.

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Thanks Mar.. when I thought this series up - my brain 'smiled'. It was such a feeling well being I couldn't but write this. I really didn't have much idea what Pooh will get up to but I am pleasantly surprised as I sit down to write each installment how much he does himself, just by being Pooh. The delight it how many people have giving such affirming feedback. Thank you for liking this series. My brain 'smiles' more.

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Patty - I'm glad you loved the story as well as the not so hidden 'wisdom'. I wanted to take Pooh on a journey and see what life lessons can pop up on the way. Thank you so much.

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Thank you Sir Bill. I bow right back .

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Ruchira - it nearly moved me to tears when I heard my little Daniel sing ' why do you scratch your chin chinny chin' ( from Chapter one ) the other day. I read the story to him and sang the songs ( with actions of course) ... and the feeling that my child is singing a song I made up is better than any best seller lists. Thank you so much.

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Dana - I know you will like the oopsy. I don't set out to preach lessons but when it comes along the ride with Pooh I feel they are less preachy. Glad you liked this. Thank you so much.

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Carol777 - thank you for your visit- I am really pleased you like the artwork too!

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Thanks Josh- glad it got a cheerful reaction!

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      your cousins- thank you for this visit and for promising to come back for the finale!

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Imkarn23... thank you so much. Yes I have read the Tao of Pooh way back when and it is an obvious influence of life lessons through Pooh. It is a delightful little book. I wanted this story to be read by adults and children alike so they all get something out of it. Kinda like a Pixar film!

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Julie- thank you so much. I'm glad you liked this part too.

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      mperrottet - I'm glad you blinked 6 times now I know that you like this with some certainty! thank you very much.

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Janine Huldie- Janine that is so cool!! I did the same thing. When my wife was pregnant with our first ( Matt) I painted a whole wall with Winnie the Pooh mural with Tigger and Piglet and a big tree.The sky was blue as we knew we were having a boy ( I could read Obstetric scans having rotated through ObGyn and having delivered over hundred babies!) Every visitor to the house was trying to sneak a look upstairs having known we've decorated the baby bedroom. We banned anyone going upstairs of course!

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      tobusiness- thank you so much!

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Gypsy Rose- glad this makes a good bedtime story! Thanks for reading this.

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Ian- I am yet to read that book and I saw clips from the recent film that had a really good cast of British stalwarts. I am honored that you had to forego another chapter of Best Exotic to read my little piece of Whimsy. Thank you kind, Sir.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Docmo, that is too cool that you did that too. My husband did it on a huge canvas board so that it could be removed and kept after she grew up. We knew she was a girl, but chose pastels in case our next down the road was a boy. Little did we know that we did girls very well apparently! But seriously sounds like great minds think alike on this one!!

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      That is a great idea doing it on a canvas. Fact is our second came along and she loved it too ... we then moved houses and I'm sure somewhere under all the paint there is my artwork still in our old house!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      I give all the credit to my husband on this one, because I wouldn't of thought that and would have painted on the wall too. But his first thought on this one was to be able to have her keep it and even use it for her kids some day. It is a shame that your artwork is in your old house under a ton of paint though.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      "Sometimes guidance can come in the tinest form. Waiting for big moments of direction, it is easy to miss the small ones." My grandmother used to tell me "Amy, stop waiting for a burning bush. Answers come in a whisper." I will never forget that. Your astute writing skills, Docmo, brings relevance to every reader. Pooh is one lucky little bear, as he is in your capable, strong yet gentle, artistic hands. I'm sure all the answers he is looking for are right around the next puddle.

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      She is a wise one, your Grandma. I'm glad you think Pooh is in 'my capable, strong yet gentle hands' My hands are beaming with pride as they have never been described that way since I did my surgical residency way back! thank you Amy.

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      Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Mohan, one of the reasons I am reading 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' is because it’s about old people in a retirement Home... They are mostly old English ladies (very Twilight lawns) but the house they are in is in India. So it's got the Twilight Lawns scenario, but also the India part, so you can imagine how much I am enjoying it. I got slightly sniffly because the writer Deborah Moggach obviously has done her research very well or has connections.

      There is a scene where an expatriate finds a very old man who was the son of a servant when she was in India during the British Raj, and I found my eyes welling up. It just reminded me of the Bearer we had whom I adored. I think I loved that guy more than anybody I have ever loved in my life. Yes, Krishna was my everything.

      But the book is very dissimilar to the Movie (for our American cousins if they read this) of the same name. The only similarity is that they both take place in India and there are old people in it...end of recognition.

      But please try to see the film. It is exceptional. My friend who is a young Pakistani was transfixed when we saw it together. He said that it was one of the best films he has ever seen is his career of film watching, and being a Pakistani guy, that means LOTS. Ha ha!

      Sorry about rambling on your Hub, but you know me.

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      It's an honour to have you rambling under this roof, dear Ian. You rambles are a delight to read and I am glad you share this with me. I'll have to read the book for certain.

      I wonder if you've read a couple of my India set short stories... one is called 'The Family Tree' and other 'The Stone mermaid' you may like them...

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      Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Of course, I'll go and look for them.

      I am sure to like them. I didn't even read anything this evening; I just snooped around looking for a free ebook or two and managed to find both the "Alice" stories, free on Kindle (very easy, they've been available for ages) but I also found 'Animal Farm' which I read yonks ago, and wanted to read again.

      I'm off to find your Indian stories.

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Alice and Animal farm are a fixture on my kindle for ipad, too.

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      Sunnie Day 4 years ago

      Oh Docmo I love these stories. Such a joy to read. May I ask if these are in ebooks? I would think these would be such hits to young and old. My 3 year old granddaughter uses a kindle..haha..Thank you for sharing your gift.

      Sunnie

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Thank you so much Kim, I haven't done them as e-books as I'm not sure if the character of Winnie the Pooh is copyrighted in its original format... I'll have to look them up. My children love these liked the songs I wrote in them!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Great work, wonderfully written and beautifully illistrated. You are very talented. Enjoyed reading and waiting for the conclusion, voted way up.

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      Redberry Sky 4 years ago

      Wow. Just Wow. And thrice Wow.

      Beautiful and perfect.

      I am very nearly speechless. Except of course: Wow.

      Loved this and the first two parts, and can't wait for the finale.

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      Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Mohan, I spend hours looking for free ebooks and of late, have found only 'Animal Farm' and 'Chrome Yellow' (Huxley) which I read years ago and have always wanted to read again.

      I have been looking for Andre Gide's 'The Vatican Cellars' (FREE) but although our Gallic Cousins can have it free, it still is quite expensive for Kindle, in English. And I don't speak a word of Foreign.

      Grr!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I don't know where to start. First, at how lucky your children, and someday their children, are to have such a wonderful storyteller for father/grandfather. Its so easy to pick up a book and read it but to write it! We may not speak bee but we surely speak Mohan's lovely Pooh!

      Voted up, awesome and interesting and hoping there's more to come! Oh, also shared!

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Striking 1: When you are on the way to find answers there is always a spring in one's step.

      Striking 2: Sometimes the path before us can become hazy and hope may blow away. It helps to sit down and ponder for a moment rather than plough ahead when you can't see. Hope has a way of finding its way back and the path always clears.

      Blink-blink-blink-blink-blink-blink, Docmo, I am quite certain you can become 'stinking' rich with this series of Pooh and the Art of Living.

      Voted up, awesome and yaoba :)

      http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_meaning_of_'...

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Docmo, I love the line 'I don't speak Bee'

      The 'hop' song is just charming! love the story and the pictures are fantastic again!

      Voted up and thank you:-)

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      Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Adorable story and awesome artwork. I will be watching for the conclusion.

      The rights to The Vatican Cellars in English is owned by the translator and it is not on Kindle. Since it is owned by the translator, it is not old enough to be free.

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      Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Thank you, Becky. I wondered why it was available in French for nothing but very expensive (relatively) in English.

      I think it's too late for me to brush up on my Fractured French.

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      Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Mohan, (and anyone else who would like to indulge) as I have just discovered that you have a Kindle, so can I suggest that you go to Amazon.com or Amazon.uk and have a look at ‘The Catalyst’ by Angela Jardine?

      That’s right, it’s our (as in HubPages) Angie Jardine.

      This is a really amazingly well written and constructed novel which I feel anybody who like a “good read” will enjoy enormously. I, honestly, could not put it down. Not only because of the excellently constructed story line, but also the wonderful use of words. Her writing is fresh and charming; poetic and beautifully restrained where necessary, and her descriptions of a Cornish fishing village will make you feel as if you have been there.

      Just look at it on Amazon, and I feel you will want to own it and enjoy it.

      And no, I'm not her agent... I just loved the book.

      Ian

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      Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Amazon has some used English paper copies for very little of 'The Catalyst'. Under a dollar.

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Ohhhhh, I am hooked, addicted and everything in between on Pooh and Pooh-isms. And the artwork melds perfectly and with the disarming lightness of touch, wisdom and humor. I am delightfully and hopelessly enthralled. Truly excellent and beyond! :-)

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      Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Becky, there are quite a few books entitled 'The Catalyst' but whether they are by Angela Jardine, I do not know.

      As I said, I am not her agent.

      Ha ha!

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      Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      I meant the other one/ The Vatican Cellars.

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      Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      I looked on Amazon UK, and there weren't any or there was something wrong with them or they were very expensive. I have bought from Alibris US which I really like, but postage is usually quite high.

      US compared to UK are so cheap usually. We pay a hell of a lot here for second-hand books.

      And I know you like "real" books, Becky, but Kindle is so much easier for me and I have got into the skipping from one to the other book and having them all in one place. I have books everywhere here and still can't find space for another book case.

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Nithya- thank you so much for dropping by!

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Red berry- three wows and a side order of another wow. I think that would be on my blurb if this ever gets published. Thank you !

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Mary ( tillson) it's an honor and a privilege to have loyal readers who appreciate the written word. Thank you for your warm words!

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Martie of the beautiful smile - thank you for extracting my Pooh-isms so well. You are kind and generous. I like ! Much appreciated.

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Becky - thank you so much. And I am sure Ian appreciates the Amazon tip!

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Ian thanks for the suggestion - I 'll check it out. Any hubpages author and a good writer needs our support.

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Genna- really nice to see you here.thanks for reading this and your comments!

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Ian , much as I like 'real' books- I moved house to contain mine in a study- I do love the freedom of e-books and the vast library I could carry around and dip into. Thanks for the tip... I'll also look out for the ' Vatican cellars' .

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      Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      I feel like such an Oik. I had a recommendation from Amazon yesterday.

      The Complete Sherlock Holmes for 77p.

      So I thought, why not? I've never read any. (Conan Doyle)

      I was amazed how readable he is. (Still Conan Doyle)

      By the way, your story about the Family Tree was stunning.

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      Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      I love real books, but use my Kindle exclusively. I have carpel tunnel and ulner nerve damage and have the surgeries. They just go right back. Extremely painful to hold a heavy book but I can hold the Kindle just fine. It is so light.

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      kjforce 4 years ago from Florida

      Docmo...Loved your story..I relate to Pooh and the hundred acre wood...sometimes I have " Pooh " days and wander around in the 100 AW all day trying to figure life out...

      Look forward to the Finale....

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Ian - I remember rainy monsoon days sitting by the window sill devouring all of Conan Doyle. I have a real treat for you if you like Holmesian pastiches. Will post it soon. In the interim if you'restuck for something to read you can always try my attempt at creating a club of book lovers who meet to solve mysteries in ' too close to the trees' and ' lost in translation' .... Here in the hubs.

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      Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Good stories too Docmo.

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      kjforce 4 years ago from Florida

      Docmo..I left a comment on this hub..but..it disappeared..did I say soemthing to offend ? or was it just a glitch ?....

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      Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      You may note, Mohan that I have a lot to read, I am now reading G K Chesterton's 'The Napoleon of Notting Hill'.

      I can remember being indoors in the Monsoon, because my mother wouldn't let me go out and play in it.

      I loved the bright red beetles that crawled out of the almost black mud when the monsoon soaked the earth. They were like little bits of scarlet velvet, and although they had climbed out of the mud, they didn't have a speck on them. I wanted to go and find them, but the Memsahib said "No" and I can remember sending her out in a transparent plastic raincoat with with a little white square pattern on it.

      Many a time Krishna (our Bearer) and I would watch he out in the compound looking for the beetles.

      I, annoyed because I wanted to do it myself.

      He, bemused, because, being Krishna , he would have wanted to do it with me.

      I should have written a hub about it!

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      First off, I Enjoyed the Poem in between all the Wonderment of the Story. This was such a Treat to read, absorb, and Enjoy Docmo. You have proven that "Pooh" is not just for Children...for you Hub brings out the "Child" in all us Hub readers too!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      I love this, and your drawings are so cute!

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Kj force.. Must be a glitch. I've seen some comments disappear before. Thank you for coming an dreading this. And many thanks for coming back again!

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Ian, GK Chesterton's works are a sheer delight. Iam a big fan of 'Napolean' and ' father brown' as well as the ' club of queer traders' . Your monsoon memories are delightful. Btw I watched ' The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' on the flight in to US. Beautifully acted and presented.

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Barbara, thank you so much for your lovely comments. Glad you enjoyed this.

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      ThAnks Nell, when I started this I wasn't sure I could pull it off. The more comments I read the better I feel thanks to all the wonderfully warm support!

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      kjforce 4 years ago from Florida

      docom..duh..my comment appears above the one in which I stated had disappeared....

      yep guess it was as you said..a glitch....

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Do you write children's books? If you do not you should.. this is absolutely wonderful read. I would love to read it to my grandchildren.

      sharing debbie

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Mohan (Docmo),

      To write a successful pastiche is difficult...you have made it look easy. Your storytelling, poetry, and illustrations are all superb.

      As I stated in the comments section of a prior chapter, A A Milne would have been proud to call your Winnie ther Pooh his own. I am looking forward to the conclusion of this adventure...and to more Pooh stories.

      Your Winnie ther Pooh is not just a children's story. It can be read on many levels, as evidenced by this...

      "Sometimes the path before us can become hazy and hope may blow away. It helps to sit down and ponder for a moment rather than plough ahead when you can't see. Hope has a way of finding its way back and the path always clears."

      Thanks for sharing your wisdom with us.

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      iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

      I thought thos were original pics from a book...wow! I like the app you used...creative! Like the messages of the story too! This was very pretty!

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Deborah, delighted that you would read this to your grandchildren. I am in the process of completing an outline for a children's adventure... thanks for the support and comments!

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Daisy.. many thanks for your kind and complimentary words. I don't consider myself as wise but wisdom has a strange way of emerging from the characters we write... and when it rings true and reaches the reader, it is a rare pleasure indeed. Much appreciated, my dear.

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Audra.. thank you for the wow. I owe a lot of the original illustrations by EH Shepard whose style I tried to follow.. The ipad app did make the process of pen/wash much much easier as i could upload directly the electronic image rather than go through laborious scanning. painting with fingers is a strange yet intimate experience. Much appreciated!

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Up all the way on this series of wonderful Hubs! The Tao of Pooh comes through wonderfully well. The illustrations are priceless.

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      Kathy 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      This is so sweet...I'm off to #4....you really are a wonderful story teller, Docmo...and there is much to learn from Pooh's dilemmas....I have a suspician that this is a "message" for everyone, big and small, young and old...huge or tiny brain!!! All ups (well, not funny in this one)..love it and off I go...

      PS I'm amazed at your talent..illustrations, imagination and heart

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      xstatic- you're very very kind. Thank you!

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Kathy - I am amazed you took the time to read this series though- I am delighted and so happy. Your comments are insightful and I am glad you 'get' whats in here. Thank you so much!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Yep, tis good. :)

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      This series is so wonderful and enjoyable! I loved the sentence: "It was easy to erase thoughts from little brains." :)

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      raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      superb...i'm so astounded by your creativity...

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      "He wondered whether as his thinking stopped swirling the wind did too."

      Hi Docmo. I thoroughly enjoyed this hub. The above phrase stood out to me, so I'm sure it is something I needed to read. I do have a way of stirring things up inside and outside my head. Maybe they are connected. Voted up and shared on my fb page for freelance writers.

      http://www.facebook.com/cam8510?ref=hl

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