What will the mouse Stuart Little do if he is in Delhi? This question sparked
an interesting journey with my nephew Mayank.
See previous blog of interest
Countering Writer’s block
As the young ten year old struggled to find things to write about, I gave
him a hint which he found useful. Name ten places Stuart went to and ten people he met.
The Stuart of Delhi soon visited Lodhi gardens at dusk,
saying hello to birds as they came home in the magic hour when
day turns into night. He saw the moon over the Sheesh and Bada Gumbad
of Lodhi and went to see the geese near the Athpula -the eight arched
bridge which is one of the few structures in present day Delhi of the time
of Emperor Akbar.
Smells and sounds
As he hit another ‘roadblock’ in his writing, I told him to write about
some sounds, smells he heard at Lodhi gardens and Khan market where
he went and had dinner at McDonald’s (No visit to Delhi will be complete
for me, unless I take him to McDonald’s).
Sounds-The barking of dogs at Lodhi
The sound of birds returning to their nests.
As the night matured-the sounds of crickets.
Smells- He got a sense of how the different pavements of
Khan market smell differently. Even different parts
of the same shop will smell differently -clothes have
a different scent than ornaments.
“My nose is blocked ” was one of the first comments which he made.
But slowly he got used to know the different scents of different
Stuart in Delhi is now being developed by my nephew, he does
not have any writer’s block and has a nice skeleton of places
his mouse went, persons he met, sounds and smells he experienced
in addition to the sights he saw. This skeleton serves Mayank
well to develop an article on the Stuart of Delhi whom he has
named “Stuart Jasola”