Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Remembering Enid Blyton


I seldom write guest posts. What if the host does not like my piece? What if his/her readership plummets after uploading my post? You get the drift? 
So when the author of Dagny Sol’s repute asked me to write for her lovely blog, I was nervous. Most of us who have read  Serenely Rapt know that Dagny’s poised, refined and lyrical prose is mesmerizing. There is magic in the way she writes and touches hearts. I am delighted to  share my childhood memories on Dagny's blog Serenely Rapt. An excerpt:

Like most, my initial memories are rooted in childhood. When parents indulged in an afternoon siesta, there were trees to climb, flower petals to be plucked (pass-fail, loves you – loves you not), butterflies to be chased and the garden to be investigated. For me, Enid Blyton novels were much more than tales of adventure. Growing up in a small town government bungalow, I was not only reading Enid Blyton stories, I was living them.

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32 comments:

  1. You brought back a lot of memories! Thanks for the post! Used to be one of my favorites growing up! :)

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    1. Thank you Danny. For a new dad to read blogs is creditable.

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  2. Wow! I am totally floored Alka! Such glowing words from you!? I'll cherish them always.... and I mean it most sincerely. Thank you once again for writing such a lovely, nostalgic post that everyone has found it easy to relate to, and love.

    We must do this more often! :D

    Dagny

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    1. Thank you for the lovely opportunity to write for your blog. Yes, we should do this more often. Shall stay in touch.
      :)

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  3. Good luck to you and your endeavours.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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  4. Hi Alka,
    I love reading your blog but never have I commented on any but now I am compelled to say that I feel a deep connection with your thoughts and ideologies, keep it up! Alka from NZ




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    1. Hi Alka,

      Thank you so much for spending time here. This is the beauty of blogging. Nothing can beat the joy of knowing that someone, somewhere in the world is reading your words and thoughts. Means a lot!

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  5. Great post, Alka. Really brought those memories flooding back.

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  6. Thoroughly enjoyed the post, Alka. Makes me miss your personal posts that you write so rarely these days. Comment on Dagny's blog.

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    1. Glad you liked it Rachna. Thanks a ton. So good to see you here on Valentines day.

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  7. Enid Blyton is synonymous with childhood and an idyllic world. It feels great to read such a lovely post from a fellow Blyton lover:)

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    1. Thanks Anju. Feels good to see you here. Thanks.

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  8. Lovely post Alka. Enjoyed it thoroughly.

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  9. Lovely write up, Enid blyton boos are classics, I used to love them too! Thanks for sharing :-)

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  10. I remember staying up at night, under the blanket with a torch trying to finish an Enid Blyton book for I had to give ut to my friend the next day and take the other book in queue...Infact, English classes were meant to keep the prose book with Shakespeare on the desk and Enid Blyton on the lap- two books at once! Lovely write up Alka :)

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    1. We all loved Enid Blyton, didn't we.
      Thanks Naba.

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  11. That is a common link we share. I bet we had more fun reading Blyton's than Harry Potter and his elk, although I read the whole of the latter too.

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    1. Good to see you here after a long hiatus. Enid Blyton wrote her stories in the 1950's and Rowling comes after five decades.
      The world has changed.Thank you for stopping by.

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  12. My kids could not believe that I borrowed two Enid Blyton from my friend and read them last month. "Papa you are reading Enid Blyton?"
    I said "why not"

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    1. Your lovely comment captures the essence of my post.

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  13. Delightful read, Alka. You transported me back to the days of Enid Blyton, Famous Five, and, of course my hot favorite Tom Sawyer. The classic days of children books couldn't be better than this and Blyton was always fav for middle class children like us:)
    Cheerio

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  14. You brought back so many memories Alka! We used to enact the Famous Five adventures at school and always dreamed of the midnight feasts from St. Clares and Malory Towers.. Oh I could go on and on and on :)

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    1. Delightful stories,carefree days. Sigh!
      Thanks Seeta.

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  15. This is a hit! You have done a fine job of relegating us into the happy chimes of our past!

    Alka,you just made me realise how beautiful our lives were when things were so 'simple' and 'gentle'.I love the parallel you have drawn in the last para where you so rigtly talk about the shades of grey being closer to our lives.

    I had devoured those novels and those stories are still printed in my mind in graphic details!. I remember composing a song for Famous Five by writing a poem and stealing the music from a fmaous bollywood song :-D.

    Thanks for the memories:-)

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    1. Thank you dear. This post resonates with most of us. Glad you liked it.

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  16. Hopping over there....been meaning to read this from the day I seen your FB post...suddenly busy these days and missing to catch up on all the blogs :)

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  17. Hey Prudhvi, missed you here.
    :)

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