Shirke and Minok had been having super fun by teasing their social circle no end by behaving like the other. Their mothers had tried to come up with a solution to this rather unique issue, so as to teach their children a lesson. However, they didn’t succeed and while they laughed about it, they did not stop thinking about how they could come up with a suitable method to make their kids stop this prank. It would have been funny once but now was more of a constant irritation – something similar to that really irritating noise when a chalk squeaks across the blackboard or a dislodged wheel screeches on a luggage trolley.
One night when Shirke and Minok had gone to bed, Lekni and Mekala were discussing their children when they discovered how totally different they were in some aspects. They knew the obvious ones like their food habits – how Shirke was finicky and picky about his food and did not even want to explore different tastes and how Minok loved trying out various foods and loved variety. They found some new ones – how Minok attacked any task given – be it homework or any chore – and got it done completed within a matter of minutes and then whiled away the rest of the time doing stuff he liked and how Shirke procrastinated and pushed the jobs till the very next minute, not being able to enjoy the time but still waiting till the last minute to complete the assigned tasks. The next significant one was how they responded to music – Minok started swaying on his own as soon as any music was heard. It was almost as if his body had a mind of its own and responded before he even realised what was happening. Shirke meanwhile internalised the pleasure – his body remained stiff without any head nods or foot taps but his face would show how much he enjoyed the music.
It hit them both at the same time – the thought about how they could use this particular difference about the response to music to handle the school problem. They had a quick session with the principal, to introduce small snippets of music between lessons and during the breaks. The principal agreed to introduce music as he was aware about the various benefits of music.
Well, then that was it. When school started, the public address system announced that there would be a new system introduced from that day. It was received with great enthusiasm by almost all the students. Then the fun started – when the music started, Minok started his own dance and Shirke was static. Since his classmates had never seen Shirke dance, they could identify that it was Minok. That day, because of the anticipation of the music, Shirke and Minok forgot their original game of behaving like the other.
However the next day, when they started their game, the music gave it away. It was obvious that they could think of this during the breaks and it was hard to play when they were really enjoying the music. The best part was they never got to know the parts their mothers had played in the whole episode.
Peace reigned in their classroom for a few days – not the troubled sort but the serene kind with some really good music and warm tones of feeling. Actually, I guess music in any environment can help calm down the atmosphere and instil calm and peace, don’t you? Music can help reduce the chaos in many work environments, hospitals, schools or even the streets. Thoughts?