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Abracadabra – Hindu BusinessLine

Abracadabra

By SIBI ARASU

Mind reader and magician Nakul Shenoy’s book goes beyond just textbook tricks

Nakul Shenoy, 37, discovered Mandrake the Magician at the age of five. Since then he has been trying to get up close and personal with his idol. Growing up in Udupi, Karnataka, performance spaces were few and far between but Shenoy kept practising magic and did his first big show at the age of 15. In 2010 he decided to take it up as a full-fledged profession and hasn’t looked back since.

With his first book now available in stores, he reveals that magic is much, much more than party tricks.

Tell us about you and Mandrake?

So, Mandrake is a fabled story, as we all know. As a young kid, at about age five, I used to pester my mom to basically read Mandrake out loud for me. I was fascinated by this character. He could make anyone see what he wanted them to see.

The moment you say Mandrake, a couple of things come to mind. There’s one strip where these guys are pointing pistols at him, and he says, ‘Those aren’t bananas are they?’ And the guys have bananas in their hands instead of pistols. It’s an imagery that’s so brilliant. And it caught my young imagination.

What is magic, according to you?

To me magic is about wonder, about creating an experience that stays with you. Sadly, most of the magic we see is just tricks or a puzzle. How you do the trick is secondary. How did he/she make that happen or how did the magician know what the audience is thinking is a feeling that registers with them. Someone watching magic will never get over this.

Tell us your favourite trick.

For 10-odd years, I have been performing as a mind reader. It was way back in 2002, when I started calling myself a mind reader and not a magician. Everything I do now is about the power of the mind, it has been about me being able to read somebody’s mind and being able to influence and transverse thoughts.

What sets this book apart?

Most magic books are about the trick and the method. About what you do and how you do it. This book is essentially about the performance. So it actually goes a little beyond the magic. It is a magic book, yes, but it will help anybody who is into speaking, performance, or presentations.

 – Reproduced from The Hindu BusinessLine, Blink Read, dated April 24, 2015.

 

ಜಾದೂ ಕೃತಿಕಾರನ ಹೊಳಹು – ಪ್ರಜಾವಾಣಿ

ಸಂದರ್ಶನ: ಸುಮಲತಾ ಎನ್.

ಅತಿ ಚಿಕ್ಕ ವಯಸ್ಸಿಗೇ ಜಾದೂಕಲೆಯತ್ತ ಆಕರ್ಷಿತರಾದ ಉಡುಪಿ ಮೂಲದ ನಕುಲ್ ಶೆಣೈ ಅವರು ‘ಮೈಂಡ್‌ ರೀಡಿಂಗ್‌’ನಲ್ಲಿ ಸಿದ್ಧಹಸ್ತರು. ತಮ್ಮ ಹದಿನೈದನೇ ವಯಸ್ಸಿಗೇ ಮೊದಲ ಜಾದೂ ಪ್ರದರ್ಶನ ನೀಡಿದ ನಕುಲ್, ಸಂವಹನ ವಿಷಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಸ್ನಾತಕೋತ್ತರ ಪದವಿ ಪಡೆದು ಸುಮಾರು 14 ವರ್ಷಗಳ ಕಾಲ ಐಟಿ ಉದ್ಯೋಗದೊಟ್ಟಿಗೆ ಮ್ಯಾಜಿಕ್‌ ಕಲೆಯನ್ನೂ ಬೆಳೆಸಿಕೊಂಡು ಬಂದರು.

ಇದೀಗ ಜಾದೂ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿನ ತಮ್ಮ ಇಪ್ಪತ್ತು ವರ್ಷಗಳ ಅನುಭವದೊಂದಿಗೆ ಮ್ಯಾಜಿಕ್‌ ಕಲೆಗೆ ಅಗತ್ಯವಾದ ಕೆಲವು ಮೂಲ ಅಂಶಗಳನ್ನು ತಮ್ಮ ‘ಸ್ಮಾರ್ಟ್‌ ಕೋರ್ಸ್‌ ಇನ್‌ ಮ್ಯಾಜಿಕ್’ ಎಂಬ ಪುಸ್ತಕದ ಮೂಲಕ ತೆರೆದಿಟ್ಟಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

** ನಿಮ್ಮ ಪ್ರಕಾರ ‘ಮ್ಯಾಜಿಕ್’ ಎಂದರೆ ಏನು?
ಮ್ಯಾಜಿಕ್ ಎಂದರೆ ಮ್ಯಾಜಿಕ್. ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ಬೇರೆ ಪದವೇ ಇಲ್ಲ. ಅದರ ಅರ್ಥ ಅದರಲ್ಲೇ ಇದೆ. ಕಲೆಯ ಉತ್ತುಂಗ ಮಟ್ಟವನ್ನೇ ‘ಜಾದೂ’ ಎನ್ನಬಹುದು. ಕಲ್ಪನಾತೀತ, ಮನರಂಜನೆ, ತಂತ್ರಗಳಿಂದ ನೋಡುಗರಲ್ಲಿ ಅಚ್ಚರಿಯ ಅನುಭವ ಮೂಡಿಸುವುದೇ ಈ ಜಾದೂ ಕಲೆ.

**ಜಾದೂಕಲೆಗೆ ಬರಲು ನಿಮಗೆ ಸ್ಫೂರ್ತಿ ಏನು?
ನಾನು ಐದು ವರ್ಷದವನಿದ್ದಾಗ ‘ಮಾಂಡ್ರೇಕ್‌ ದಿ ಮೆಜೀಷಿಯನ್’ ಕಾಮಿಕ್ ಪುಸ್ತಕದ ಚಿತ್ರಗಳನ್ನು ನೋಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದೆ. ಆಗಿನಿಂದಲೇ ನನ್ನಲ್ಲಿ ಮ್ಯಾಜಿಕ್ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಆಸಕ್ತಿ ಹುಟ್ಟಿಕೊಂಡಿತ್ತು.  ಎಂಟನೇ ವಯಸ್ಸಿನಿಂದ ಮ್ಯಾಜಿಕ್ ಕಲಿಯಲು ಆರಂಭಿಸಿದೆ. ‘ಮ್ಯಾಜಿಕ್ ಕಿಡ್ಸ್‌’ನಂಥ ಪುಸ್ತಕಗಳನ್ನು ಓದುತ್ತಿದ್ದೆ. ಅದೇ ನನಗೆ ಸ್ಫೂರ್ತಿ. ಹದಿನೈದು ವರ್ಷದವನಿದ್ದಾಗ ಉಡುಪಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮೊದಲ ಮ್ಯಾಜಿಕ್ ಶೋ ನೀಡಿದ್ದು.

**ನಿಮ್ಮ ಜಾದೂಕಲೆಗೆ ಮನೆಯವರ ಬೆಂಬಲ ಹೇಗಿತ್ತು?
ಎಲ್ಲರೂ ಪ್ರೋತ್ಸಾಹ ಕೊಟ್ಟರು. ತಂದೆ ಬಾಂಬೆಯಿಂದ ‘ಮ್ಯಾಜಿಕ್ ಕಿಟ್‌’ ತಂದುಕೊಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದರು. ಅದರಲ್ಲಿ ‘ಲರ್ನ್ ಮ್ಯಾಜಿಕ್’ ಎಂಬ ಪುಸ್ತಕವಿತ್ತು. ಅದನ್ನು ಯಾವಾಗಲೂ ಓದುತ್ತಿದ್ದೆ. ಈ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಅಂಶಗಳೇ ನನ್ನನ್ನು ಜಾದೂಗಾರನನ್ನಾಗಿ ರೂಪಿಸಿದ್ದು.

**‘ಸ್ಮಾರ್ಟ್ ಕೋರ್ಸ್ ಇನ್ ಮ್ಯಾಜಿಕ್’ ಬರೆಯಲು ಪ್ರೇರಣೆ ಏನು?
ನಾನು ಚಿಕ್ಕವನಾಗಿದ್ದಾಗ ಮ್ಯಾಜಿಕ್‌ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಅಷ್ಟು ಪುಸ್ತಕಗಳಿರಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಮುಂಬೈನ ಅಂಗಡಿಯೊಂದ ರಿಂದ ಅಪ್ಪ ಪುಸ್ತಕ ತಂದುಕೊಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದರು. ಈಗ ಮ್ಯಾಜಿಕ್ ಕುರಿತು ತುಂಬಾ ಪುಸ್ತಕಗಳಿವೆ.  ಅದರಲ್ಲಿ ಮ್ಯಾಜಿಕ್ ಎಂದರೇನು, ಅದರ ರಹಸ್ಯ, ತಂತ್ರಗಳು, ಹೇಗೆ ಮಾಡಬೇಕು ಎಂಬ ಕುರಿತು ಮಾಹಿತಿ ಇರುತ್ತವೆ. ಜಾದೂ ಅನ್ನು ಒಂದು ತಂತ್ರದಂತೆ ನೋಡುವ ಪುಸ್ತಕಗಳಿವೆ. ಆದರೆ ಜಾದೂಕಲೆಗೆ ಮುಖ್ಯವಾಗಿ ಬೇಕಿರುವ ಕೆಲ ಮೂಲ ಅಂಶಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ  ಪುಸ್ತಕಗಳಿಲ್ಲ.   ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಜಾದೂ ಕಲೆಯನ್ನು ಒಂದು ಒಳ್ಳೆಯ ಪ್ರದರ್ಶನದಂತೆ ತೋರಲು ಇರುವ ಕಲೆಯ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಇಲ್ಲ. ಇದೇ ಕೊರತೆಯನ್ನೇ ಮೂಲವಾಗಿಟ್ಟುಕೊಂಡು ಪ್ರಾಯೋಗಿಕ ಕಲಿಕೆಯಂತೆ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡುವ ಪುಸ್ತಕ ಬರೆಯುವಲ್ಲಿ ತೊಡಗಿಕೊಂಡೆ. ಅದಕ್ಕೇ ಈ ಪುಸ್ತಕಕ್ಕೆ ‘ಸ್ಮಾರ್ಟ್‌ ಕೋರ್ಸ್ ಇನ್ ಮ್ಯಾಜಿಕ್’ ಎಂದು ಹೆಸರಿಟ್ಟೆ.

**ಈ ಪುಸ್ತಕದ ಉದ್ದೇಶವೇನು?
ಇದು ಸಾಮಾನ್ಯ ಜನರಿಗೆ, ಜಾದೂಕಲೆ ಕಲಿಯಬೇಕು ಎಂದುಕೊಂಡವರಿಗೆ ಹಾಗೂ ಜಾದೂ ಅಭ್ಯಾಸನಿರತರಿಗೆ ತುಂಬಾ ಅನುಕೂಲ.   ಸಾಮಾನ್ಯರಿಗೂ ಮ್ಯಾಜಿಕ್ ಎಂದರೆ ಏನು ಎನ್ನುವುದು ತಿಳಿದಿರಬೇಕು. ಅದೇ ಈ ಪುಸ್ತಕದ ಉದ್ದೇಶ.

**‘ಸ್ಮಾರ್ಟ್‌ ಕೋರ್ಸ್‌ ಇನ್‌ ಮ್ಯಾಜಿಕ್’ ಪುಸ್ತಕದ ಕುರಿತು…
ಪುಸ್ತಕ ಬರೆಯಲು ಒಂದು ವರ್ಷ ತೆಗೆದುಕೊಂಡ್ದೇನೆ. ಮ್ಯಾಜಿಕ್ ಕಲೆಯ ಒಟ್ಟಾರೆ ನೋಟವನ್ನು ಒಳಗೊಂಡಿದೆ. ಹದಿನೈದು ಅಧ್ಯಾಯ ಗಳಿವೆ. ಭಾರತೀಯ ಮ್ಯಾಜಿಕ್ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ಮ್ಯಾಜಿಕ್ ಕುರಿತ ಪುಸ್ತಕಗಳು ಅಂತರರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಮಟ್ಟದಲ್ಲಿ ಗುರುತಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದು ಕಡಿಮೆ. ಆದ್ದರಿಂದ ಈ ಪುಸ್ತಕವನ್ನು ವಿಶ್ವದ ಅತಿ ಪ್ರಸಿದ್ಧ ಜಾದೂಗಾರರೊಂದಿಗೆ ಸೇರಿ ಹೊರತಂದೆ. ಪುಸ್ತಕದ ಪ್ರಸ್ತಾವವನ್ನು ಮ್ಯಾಜಿಕ್‌ನ ಇತಿಹಾಸ ತಜ್ಞ ಡಾ.ಪೀಟರ್ ಲೆಮೆಂಟ್ ಬರೆದಿದ್ದಾರೆ.  ಮೈಕಲ್ ವೆಬರ್ ಅವರ ಪರಿಚಯ ನುಡಿ ಇಲ್ಲಿದೆ.  ‘ಹಾರ್ಪರ್ ಕಾಲಿನ್ಸ್’ ಈ ಪುಸ್ತಕವನ್ನು ಪ್ರಕಟಿಸಿದೆ.

**ವಿದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಹಾಗೂ ಭಾರತದಲ್ಲಿ ಜಾದೂ ಕಲೆಗಿರುವ ಮಾನ್ಯತೆ ಏನು?
ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಕಳಪೆ, ಉತ್ತಮ ಎನ್ನುವಂತೆ ಅಲ್ಲಿಯೂ ಇರುತ್ತದೆ. ಆದರೆ ಭಾರತೀಯರಲ್ಲಿ ಒಂದು ತಪ್ಪು ಕಲ್ಪನೆ ಹಾಗೇ ಉಳಿದುಕೊಂಡಿದೆ. ಮ್ಯಾಜಿಕ್ ಅನ್ನು ಮಾಟ–ಮಂತ್ರ ಎಂದು ತಿಳಿದುಕೊಂಡವರಲ್ಲಿ ಶಿಕ್ಷಿತರೂ ಇದ್ದಾರೆ.  ವಿದೇಶಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಜಾದೂ ಅನ್ನು ಕಲೆ ಎಂಬಂತೆ ಆಸ್ವಾದಿಸುತ್ತಾರೆ, ಹೊಗಳುತ್ತಾರೆ.

**ಮ್ಯಾಜಿಕ್‌ನಿಂದ ವೈಯಕ್ತಿಕವಾಗಿ ಕಲಿತದ್ದು?
ನಾನು ಮೊದಲ ಮ್ಯಾಜಿಕ್ ಶೋ ನೀಡುವ ಮುನ್ನ ವೇದಿಕೆ ಹತ್ತಿದವನೇ ಅಲ್ಲ. ಹಿಂದೆ ಎರಡು ಬಾರಿ ವೇದಿಕೆವರೆಗೂ ಹೋಗಿ ವಾಪಸ್ ಓಡಿ ಬಂದಿದ್ದೆ. ಈ ಕಲೆ ನನ್ನಲ್ಲಿ ಆತ್ಮವಿಶ್ವಾಸ ತುಂಬಿತು. ಈಗ ಐನೂರಕ್ಕೂ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಕಾರ್ಪೊರೇಟ್‌ ಶೋಗಳನ್ನು ನೀಡಿದ್ದೇನೆ. ಅಮೆರಿಕ, ಯುರೋಪ್ ಹೀಗೆ ವಿದೇಶಗಳಲ್ಲೂ ಶೋ ನೀಡಿದ್ದೇನೆ. ಈ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿನ ಗಣ್ಯರ ಪರಿಚಯವೂ ಆಯಿತು.

**ಮುಂಬರುವ ಜಾದೂಗಾರರಿಗೆ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಸಲಹೆ?
ಈ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರಕ್ಕೆ ಬಂದು ಕೆಲವು ವರ್ಷಗಳ ನಂತರ ಬಂದ ಉದ್ದೇಶವನ್ನೇ ಮರೆತು ಯಾಂತ್ರಿಕವಾಗಿಬಿಡುತ್ತೇವೆ. ಹಾಗಾಗಬಾರದು ಎನ್ನುವುದೇ ನನ್ನ ಸಲಹೆ.  ಅಚ್ಚರಿಯ ಅನುಭವವನ್ನು ನೋಡುಗರಿಗೆ ನೀಡಬೇಕು. ಅದು ಜಾದೂಕಲೆಯ ಮೂಲ ಎಂಬುದನ್ನು ನೆನಪಿನಲ್ಲಿಟ್ಟುಕೊಂಡು ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡಬೇಕು.

New Arrival – The Statesman

Voices – The Statesman

New Arrival – Smart Course in Magic: Nakul Shenoy

HarperCollins, Rs.299

Magic is about the ability to convince. It is the art of performance. Magic is a medium by which you amaze and entertain the audience. Nakul Shenoy, mind reader, an internationally successful magician, can teach you how.  Smart Course in Magic is a simple and effective off-the shelf course that teaches the craft as it should be taught: focusing on the theory of performance and presentation.

Whether you want to take up magic as a hobby or improve your skills as a professional performer, this is the book to set you on your way.  Learn to do magic from one of India’s most thrilling performer.  Black-and-white photographs accomapny many of the tricks to help illustrate and make it even easier.
– Reproduced from The Statesman, The Voices dated April 02, 2015.

Paperback Pickings – The Telegraph

Paperback Pickings – The Telegraph

SMART COURSE IN MAGIC: SECRETS, STAGING, TRICKS, TIPS (Collins, Rs 299) by Nakul Shenoy offers a crash course to help you “teach yourself magic”. This books will strike a chord with anyone who grew up at a time when magic shows were an immensely exciting prospect, either at birthday parties or in a full-fledged show, and who recognize that the demand for magicians and their acts has declined drastically in present times. The book makes an admirable attempt to prove that magic can be a fulfilling pursuit both for budding magicians and for those who seek to be entertained.

– Reproduced from The Telegraph – Paperback Pickings dated March 20, 2015

Looking beyond abracadabra – The Hindu

Looking beyond abracadabra – The Hindu

By ALLAN MOSES RODRICKS

City-based wizard Nakul Shenoy, enlarges on his belief of magic being about performance rather than tricks, with a book

For mind reader, magician and hypnotist based in Bengaluru, Nakul Shenoy, the secret to magic lies in the performance, not a series of tricks. To facilitate this notion, the enterprising thinker and performer has brought out a book Smart Course In Magic, (HarperCollins Publishers India) that dwells on confidence-building and connecting the essence of magic with performance rather than mere tricks.

The book, a conceptual game-changer in the learning of magic attempts to break down the elements of performance through classic tricks in an effective off-the-shelf course that can also be used in workshops by aspiring magicians and seasoned performers alike. Sharing the concept behind the first-of-its-kind book in India, Nakul explains that there are hundreds of books out there that teach you tricks, but none teach you performance. “My book barely has any tricks — surprising for a magic book. This is a book that teaches performance.”

Looking back, the budding 37-year-old entertainer recalls that it was his fascination for books that really started him off on his journey into magic. “Mandrake the Magician was a comic book series that inspired me when I was five. My first magic kit had a guide book. And coming to Bangalore from my home in Udupi, I used to hunt for books in stores. So books have always been part of my venture into magic. While I did move from the traditional card and rope magic to mind reading, the basics remain the same. With my communication background, I wanted to write, which is my passion, and the idea of the book came out. HarperCollins were thrilled to publish a magic book and a couple of my international mentors were happy to give a foreword and introduction. I still can’t believe it’s out,” he says with a beaming smile.

Nakul elaborates that he wanted to bring out a book for the general public and not just magicians. “Once you are into magic, you do get books, but there are hardly any on performances. This book prepares you for higher thinking. The few books that exist, dwell on trick, method and magic, which is a really bad way of looking at it. This one looks at the various aspects of magic. Most shows lack the emotional connect. This book facilitates anyone to pick it up and try their hand at performing magic. It is my small contribution to society.”

Is the book going to have a sequel? “On magic? I’m not too sure at this point. It’s not your end-all book. This is a brilliant start in your journey of magic. I’m 20 years in the field and I’m still learning. Giving stories, situations and plots, it’s an open ended book. I don’t know if there is a smarter course in magic,” he laughs. Nakul hopes people will take back from the book that “magic is art, science and communication. There is a psychology in every act and magic should connect.”

To aspiring magicians out there, he says: “Go out there and do it. You can change and touch lives in a way no one else can. But, before you go, practice and rehearse. Everything changes with a real performance. I personally am someone who never thought I’ll get here, but here I am now. Make sure you leave your audience in amazement and wonder.”

In a country like India, is it a good time to be a fulltime magician? “Yes,” affirms Nakul. “In fact, it’s a good time to be fulltime anything. The world is opening up. I used to be in the corporate sector myself. It’s good to do things in your own time, think and plan your life out.”

With the internet laying out all the answers in the open, is it all the more challenging for a magician now? Nakul agrees. “The world has changed. People can go online and Google how a trick is done. My advice is to personalise what you perform. Capture them in the story so much that they forget to analyse. The moment someone is thinking, he is looking at the trick as a puzzle and is challenged to solve it. Magic should leave people in amazement and wonder. In fact, the same magic has existed – only the aspect has been reinvented. The classic cutting a lady in half has been reinvented innumerable times. Exposures do hurt but most often they push the bar further. In the long run, it helps.” Visit www.nakulshenoy.com for more details.

– Reproduced from The Hindu – MetroPlus, dated February 8, 2015

A career in magic & reading minds – HooplaClub

Nakul calls himself a mind-reader and is in fact a professional magician who makes a living out of not only performing magic shows, but also reading minds, understanding how people behave etc and using that knowledge to help companies and brands better their products/services for the end user.

He has been a magician for about 20 years now, having performed all over India and abroad with more than 500 shows to his credit. He has performed for a range of audiences –from elite exclusive groups consisting of CEOs and corporate honchos to a mass audience of 10,000 and more.He has rubbed shoulders with prominent celebrities and as already mentioned, he has been consultant to popular brands in the area of communication and technology, helping them understand user behaviour.

An unusual profession, you might say, but Nakul can convince you that everyone should learn a magic trick or two which, by extension, also includes reading minds. He feels it is a skill that gives you great confidence, helps you break ice socially and helps you connect with and understand people much better. You see, end of the day, it’s really all about human psychology and the science of probability in the context of human behaviour.

Nakul is in fact coming out with his book, ‘Smart Course in Magic’ published by HarperCollins to help people with their journey in magic.It will be hitting the stores this month.

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Nakul Shenoy interviewed by American author, Michelle G Flye

Welcome Nakul Shenoy! – by Michelle G Flye 

Nakul Shenoy and I have been twitter buddies since I first started getting seriously interested in magic. He was the first magician to take me seriously, and he’s even read a couple of my books! Now it’s my turn. He has a book about magic coming out, and I thought it’d be a good chance to return the favor. Please help me make him welcome.

 

 

~The Interview~

First of all, let me be honest, I dont want to know the secrets of my favorite magic tricks. I prefer to believe. Should I read your book?

Indeed, Michelle! I agree. Belief in magic is what keeps many of us going; it inspires us to create effects and presentations that represent ‘real magic’. Anyway, my book is not as much about the tricks, as much as it is about learning to present and perform magic. In many ways the real secrets to creating a magical experience.

This book will serve as a good guide to anybody interested in putting together an effective performance in magic, while also helping them in various ways to improve their confidence, public speaking, and social skills.

You should read my book simply because it is a wonderful thing to be able to amaze and entertain others using magic, and it helps us bring smiles to people’s faces.

Whats the biggest misconception about learning to perform magic?

To read the full interview, go to Welcome Nakul Shenoy!

Make Magic: Vanish That Stage Fright!

Nakul Shenoy shares his personal journey of transforming from a stage shy teenager to being most comfortable on stage: all thanks to Magic. The ace magician and hypnotist is hoping some of his skills rub off on others via his first book — Smart Course in Magic.

I remember it like it was yesterday. I was dressed in a stylish dhoti, adorned with a hand-crafted golden crown, armed with a puny yet beautiful bow and arrow – all making the complete package of Lord Ram. I cried so loud and threw enough of a banter to ensure I never climbed down from the arms of my loving Ajja (grandfather).

True! I was just over five years of age and in upper kindergarten, yet I do remember that occasion of fancy dress competition like it was yesterday. I also remember that not many got to see what I was wearing, since I never went on stage.

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Read the full article at Medium: @nakulshenoy