In the summer of 1982, I remember a vernacular entrusted to me by my father, who fondly asked me to go through the article on the Then British Premier and the ensuring Falkland War.

I tried to read and comprehend, and my father told me the war's tales in the evening. I was put to sleep with stories of Chand mama and Twinkle to top it all.

The Reality:

I presume that challenging tasks and concepts were made lighter than with fable tales and songs, and thence, we slipped into utopia.

Peeping yonder from 2024, four decades later, I seldom hear those human voices. I hear digital voices and recorded expressions sans feelings and emotions. I am also scared about the reality of emotionless storytelling that cannot soothe our nerves meant to listen and explore.

The art of storytelling, which needs to be embedded in humankind, is somehow a lost art.

In a busy, dizzy world of nuclear and atomic families, we see the mushrooming of Old age homes, which are the side effects of such technological advancements.

I am not against technological advancements, but I would reinforce technological advancements with empathy.

The Task Ahead for Gen Alpha:

This generation is fondly called Gen Alpha due to its longing for visual content and health consciousness, to list a few. This generation is vocal and digital-first, which makes it better learners. The irony is that they don’t read to enjoy and appreciate.

There are a few to do lists that may perhaps enable educationists to reinstate the art of storytelling:

  •  Start the Art of Storytelling quite young.
  •  Break the topics into innovative fables and stories.
  •  Make your students weave a story from the topic taught.
  •  Involve and inculcate Parenteen bonds to drive the Art of Storytelling.

As educationists, we have a task cut out for us. May this vocal and digital-savvy generation be groomed to become a community of empathy and thankfulness!