Can you imagine a grandmother without her fanciful stories? I was a teacher in Montessori for some time. Now I am a grandmother and fondly known as ‘Kahaniwali Nani’.
I have always loved stories and have been telling them to children since a long time but once my niece Parul Rampuria asked me to send a recorded story. She shared the recordings to her friends and rapidly people started appreciating my work.
Encouraged by the positive response I decided to record stories on a weekly basis and share them on WhatsApp initially, and this gave birth to ‘Kahaniwali Nani’.
Stories are part of our culture and my stories involve humor and touch of our values. I narrate tales about different festivals like Ramazan, Ram Navami, Janamashtami. Also some contemporary style that includes saving money and eating healthy food.
I record these stories in both Hindi and English with each story being 10 minutes long.
Nowadays children are hooked up to the screens so I send stories on Telegram and YouTube without animations so that they run their imagination and understand the story and not just the animations.
I try to improvise the stories and make them interesting so they can be understood by kids of all age.
I feel many times children miss out interaction with their grandparents so through ‘Kananiwali Nani’ I am trying to fill this gap and make sure they aren’t devoid of good stories.
I have many grown-ups too in my list, who love listening to my stories and in just 3 years ‘kananiwali Nani’ has got more than 10000 subscribers across the globe.
I have stored many stories in my memory and my favorite one being ‘Shikha bittu ki kahani’ which is written by me and I have been telling this story since last 45 years to children.
I get calls from parents expressing their happiness and how these stories help them understand things.
Sometimes I get messages from kids like ‘Nani, you send stories only twice a week so what do you do the other five days. Send us stories regularly.
More than anything else in the world, it is the voice messages from kids and parents that gives me joy and satisfaction.
I believe listening stories is the birth right of every child and hope to reach as many children as I can.
(Interviewed and written by Raavya Sarda)