Guess who

Scene : The afterschool care at Miss A’s school.

Main Cast: Riya and Noelle.

Supporting Cast: Diana the carer

Audience: Miss A and her Mum

Diana and Noelle are standing around with intense concentration on their faces staring at something on the ground. The ‘something’ on the ground, at a first glance, appears to be a pile of blankets. Fairly nondescript at that.

However, dear reader, do not be fooled. The blankets are wriggling and moving and if you are very, very quiet, you can hear a little stifled giggle too. The giggling is infectious. Noelle starts giggling too and then sits down. Diana reminds her that they are in the middle of a game. Noelle stands up with much enthusiasm immediately.

The pile of blankets moves again. In fact, it moves all the way to Noelle’s chubby toes and tickles her. More giggling all around. The giggles are quelled for a minute. Then from underneath the blankets rings a tiny voice, loud and clear.

“Guess who this is!”

Noells laughs so much that she has to sit down again.

“Hmmmmm”, goes Diana, “I wonder who this could be!!”

The anticipation of the game is proving to be too much for Noelle. She jumps up and down and tries to get Diana to pick her up.

“Guess, Diana, guess who it is!”, she shrieks.

“I don’t know”, Diana goes. “Who could it be?”

More giggling, more wriggling by the ‘blanket’.

“I think it is Noelle”, Noelle says, unable to contain the excitement any longer. She runs around the room even as she says this.

Diana pretends to think about this and looks around the room.

“Perhaps it is Noelle, you could be right about that, you know”, she says with a very serious face.

This is when Riya flings the blankets aside and jumps up like a jack-in-the-box.

“No, no, Diana, it was not Noelle. It was Riya”, she giggles.

“I would never have guessed it was you Riya, I thought it was Noelle”, Diana starts.

But Noelle has already dashed under the pile of blankets and is thrashing around even as we hear muffled a “Guess who this is” being directed at all of us.

This time Diana takes her time and wonders out aloud if it is Riya. You get the drift, dear readers, yes? You can play this game endlessly. You need a blanket. And a place where you can be yourself but yet stay unseen. You need to be ready to forget who you really are.

Imagine. The Possibilities. Of what you could do. If you did not have to be you. Imagine.  No one said you had to be merely you. Really.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Captain Nemo
    Aug 13, 2010 @ 15:25:26

    These kids are adorable and amazing… This one made my day. Thanks.
    Somehow, even though different in context, the last lines reminds me of Oscar Wilde’s “Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”


  2. Rajavel
    Aug 13, 2010 @ 18:16:57

    🙂 ! The things you can learn from kids ! They wait for you to come to perform these things VJ ?

    What fun !


  3. Altoid
    Aug 13, 2010 @ 19:11:46

    Yea, apparently so- these kids seem to line up these things just for you to capture it so beautifully. And I loved the Oscar Wilde quotation referenced by Captain Nemo. Just lovely. Happy Friday Scarlett! Keem ’em coming


  4. Captain Nemo
    Aug 15, 2010 @ 04:55:57

    Could not resist posting this short video :


  5. scarlettletters
    Aug 15, 2010 @ 19:04:18

    Captain, the kiddies are super cute. I was fascinated by the game of the “Blanket and The Missing Person”. They play it for eons every afternoon. And CUTE video, that one.
    Rajavel, I always walk into the middle of half eaten postcards, Bad Baby games and Guess Who riddles. 🙂
    Alty, the kids are hilarious. Will reply to your long mail soon. Have lots to write back.


  6. Aria
    Oct 08, 2010 @ 01:08:55

    very interesting game.. smart kids.. : D


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