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Spinning tales . . .
A tale could be told in so many ways - by a string of spoken words, with pictures, using gestures or facial expressions, even by resorting to impassive silence. Dreams and hallucinations have their own intriguing tales to narrate. Some are short; a few are tolerably long, while some others can be tiresomely lengthy. They can be lyrical, insipid, exciting, or faltering. They evoke every possible manner of emotion in us, exclusively or collectively. They are a reflection of life.
And all of us - without exception, are tale-spinners. We do it constantly and relentlessly. Life would come to a standstill without this activity. Yes, we have our unique styles though. On one extreme, we have those who can mesmerize their listeners, while on the other, there are those who make their audience yawn and go to sleep. Between these two defining categories, there can be innumerable shades of raconteurs.
Rightly or wrongly, I place myself somewhere between the two extremes and my preferred style of recounting a notion - real or imaginary, is in verse with pictures to go with them. I call them Verse-a-tales.
This page has a verse-a-tale describing what made me take to this mode of expression.
The inner call
© 2010 Ram Ramakrishnan