D for Death
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D for Death

Ever tried explaining what death is to a child? I encountered the question from my elder daughter Myrah (then 4) at the most unlikely setting. We were watching 'Frozen' (the tale of the two sisters Elsa and Anna). A few minutes into the movie, Elsa and Anna's parents die in a shipwreck. And that's when Myrah begins asking a flurry of questions -- She was like a stuck record, wanted to know over and over where they have disappeared, what happened to them, why was their picture covered with a black shroud. In other words, this was the first time she realized there's something called Death.Anyway, after much explanation and rewinding and forwarding the scenes, she finally managed to see the entire movie. But her fascination with 'Death' was not over, as I found out over the next 2-3 days. She would suddenly get cosy and ask me, "Mamma, tum aur papa nahi maroge, na? (Mama, you and papa won't die, right?)"I was stunned. Now how to answer this question! I held her and told her there is a lot of time, nothing to worry. We will first become old and then die. But by then you will become a big girl!!!!! The answer seemed to allay her fears. Then came the next volley, "Is grandpa about to die?" I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. So I said, "No, of course not. Grandpa is in good health. He drives his car, goes to the market, plays with you, etc. He will not die now. A person dies when he/she is very ill and cannot get up from bed."Now wondering what the next question will be about!

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