Parent Circle Conference - from Deepali in Mumbai

Deepali Kosta Kabi shared her daughter’s reflections on dolls and teddy bears in her childhood.

From Shatakshi Kabi:

As a kid, I always connected people’s behaviors to their features and outfits. As I was discovering emotions and feelings like innocence, jealousy, loneliness, etc. within me and around me, I connected them to certain characters I made up in my head. And this is what I used to give life to my dolls. For instance, innocence to me looked like big black eyes, droopy ears and a tiny nose. And any doll of mine which had these features would always remind me of that certain emotion, Teddy was one in particular. While I played role-playing games with Teddy like every other kid, he would always fill the role of the character who represented that particular emotion. It was something I expected out of him. I expected him to always make choices out of innocence and also always make mistakes because of innocence itself. In some of my dolls, I saw parts of myself that I didn’t like. One doll in particular, I forget her name, was fat, with frizzy orange hair and tiny round black eyes and she wore an ugly blue frock. I saw loneliness, shyness, unattractiveness in her. Although I never was fat nor did I look anything like her, but still, weirdly, I saw all my insecurities in her. And I treated her the worst. She was always the one who was yelled at, neglected, and insulted in all my role-playing games. Somehow, that gave me a certain satisfaction. A satisfaction that I wasn’t the one who was experiencing all this. Some dolls represented characters or people that I dreamed of being like. One doll in particular was this joker named Takkaiya. He wasn’t one of those creepy Chucky-like jokers trust me. He was funny, carefree and always happy! He reminded me of being that person. And I loved him the most. I carried him everywhere with me, even always slept with him by my side. His red nose and loose clothes and massive hands gave me joy every time I looked at him.

43 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Can Knitting Cure Covid?

NO. Can it help? Yes. Knitting, or most any other handwork activity which requires rhythmical repetitive movements will promote the production of serotonin, which regulates mood, cognition, reward, le

  • Instagram
  • Facebook

© 2020 by The Wonder & Wisdom Of Handwork.

Proudly created with