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  • This is my 11 year-old cousin, Mrinal. He loves to draw amongst other things like watching cartoons non stop, playing all forms of computer games, and physical games such as football and cricket. He and two other cousins stayed with me for a couple of days during their summer break. We had great fun together! There is quite an age gap between us but still I enjoyed being a kid with them.

    Mrinal's drawn what he feels Life should be like when he grows up. Clearly he likes the sea, he has old style ships with heart flags (but he explained to me that they are old in design but have all modern/futuristic engines). Also he chose the heart consciously over any national flags or pirate flags, clearly some heart energy flowing there! And he's also drawn some underwater life. He was challenged by my other cousin, that this is not really a representation of the future. To which he replied, "woh mere soch ki duniya hai, aur woh aisa he hai" (This is my world based on my thoughts and it is like this). I thought at this point, what a deep concept he rattled off. There is no Time as such, there are just thoughts and these can either be about the future or the past. Children largely live in their imaginary thoughts right now. They don't worry about past and future. It's when we become adults we start thinking about time in this way and put our energies there. And then have to go and read books like The Power of Now amongst others to start remembering this truth we knew as kids!

    I said to Mrinal that I will write a little story about him, which made him very happy and thus the photo! When he grows up he can look back on this moment when he did this drawing. Perhaps as he enters his teens he might find it embarrassing but I reckon as an adult he will be glad of this memory as he will again remember a truth that he knew as a kid that he might forget growing up.
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