Valentina Trivedi promised to take the kids on a journey where they would get to meet their forgotten relatives. The children were a little surprised – who could these forgotten relatives be?

A video came up on screen showing an infant wailing, a small seed erupting, the baby continuing to wail, small plants showing signs of growth – in that order. The video continued till the point it became clear that the growing stages of an infant and a plant were being shown simultaneously. After looking closely and thinking deeply, the children realized that the only difference between the two was the wailing in one and silence in the other. Children recognized their forgotten relatives – plants.

Facts about nature and life

Facts about nature and life

The next video was about a forest. Valentina asked a question: do trees demand anything from human beings? The kids answered in unison – No. Her next question: do we want something from trees? The children had so many answers. Yes, of course, they said. ‘We want medicine, rubber, fruits, flowers, pencils, furniture, oxygen, cotton, etc’.

Then we all learned about a beautiful trait of the plants. A scientist named Mr. Baxter wanted to find out a scientific way of determining that plants have life. He attached a polygraph machine (lie detector) to the nodes of the plant. He tried doing a lot of things but there was no response when suddenly a cruel thought came to his mind: let me set fire to the plant. Suddenly, the plant started shuddering. He was overwhelmed by the reaction: the plant had read his mind!

He came near pretending to set it on fire but did nothing. The plant sensed that he was simply playing a trick and remained still. But Baxter had to test if his experiment was a success. Do plants sense human intentions?

One day he called 6 of his scientist friends and gave each of them a small piece of paper. Only one of them had an instruction saying kill the plant. The rest were blank. One by one the scientists entered the room where two plants were kept. After a while, one scientist came out after killing the plant. A few days later, the same set of scientist friends were invited and they were asked to go near the remaining plant. Baxter had attached the polygraph machine to the nodes of this plant. The moment the scientist who had killed the other plant came closer, its leaves started swishing wildly.

Valentina then talked about a tree that was exposed to Hindustani Classical music and which bore many fruits compared to one not exposed to music. Such fascinating facts about plants left all of us stunned.

A beautiful video about the effects of changing seasons on trees was shown next. Valentina explained to the kids that in reality the changes take place very slowly. A camera was left behind to capture all the changes. This was followed by a video and discussion about the honeybees and their specially coordinated ‘dance for communication’. The kids loved to talk and learn about the bees and also the process of accumulating nectar from the flowers. In the end, there was a short film by Steve Cutts – the illustrator and animation expert – that exposed us to the perils brought about mankind – all because man destroys and indulges in excesses.

By Sebanti Chatterjee

Bookaroo-DPL Kitabein Kuch Kehti Hain is supported by mycity4kids and DK India.

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