Chocolate Power

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Nana: Nina isn’t that the fourth chocolate I’ve seen you eat since lunch?

Nina: Yes Nana, and it’s absolutely delicious.

Nana: You aren’t allowed to eat so many chocolates. You know that. I’m going to tell your mother.

Nina: Nana please don’t do that. Please. I have a really good reason.

Nana: Okay. Spit it out then.

Nina: What the chocolate? Yeww gross!

Nana: No. The reason. Go on. This should be interesting.

Nina: Well, I’m practicing for two fascinating jobs.

Nana: Oh really? And what may those be? Chocolate tasting?

Nina: Yes Nana. That’s one of the jobs. Isn’t it the best job ever?

Nana: And what’s the other?

Nina: I want to be a writer Nana. When Roald Dahl was a kid in school, he did chocolate tasting for Cadbury’s, and that’s what inspired him to write Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. When eating chocolate, I feel like I am immersed in a fantasy world where anything is possible. Ideas just keep coming and it’s easy to build with them. There are no rules or anything to hunker me down. I feel like I could fly. That’s probably why it’s the perfect antidote to dementor attacks in the Harry Potter books. Rowling’s a genius!

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Nana: But even Rowling says that the effects of chocolate are temporary and that too much chocolate is bad for both wizards and muggles. If you really want to be a writer, you should take advice from Enid Blyton.

Nina: You mean eat macrons, peppermints and ginger biscuits, instead?

Nana: No. I mean write 10000 publishable words a day because that’s how hard she worked. That's why she was able to create so many amazing characters and series.

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Nina: Nana, you sure know how to take the fun out of everything. I’m going to need another chocolate to perk back up. Hey I wonder if that is why it’s called Perk. Poor Roald Dahl never got to taste that one made by Cadbury’s. Thodi thodi halki ... What a perky ad. Hey Nana, I wonder if advertising jingles count as literature.

Nana: I don’t know about jingles, but Bob Dylan got the Nobel prize in literature for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition, or at least that's what the Nobel committee claims. So, I suppose advertising could be poetic too, especially if it was used to effectively spread the word about pressing issues like climate change that really need public attention.

Nina: Nana that’s brilliant! I am going to see what jingles I can come up with to spread awareness about climate change, and then I’ll post it on my youtube channel. May be, someday I’ll win the Nobel prize. Thank you Nana. I wonder how many chocolates you have been eating to come up with such a cool idea!

Author's note

Here are a few lines from my favorite Bob Dylan song. He wrote it for his son, and it was the title song for the TV show Parenthood, so I’m sure many of you parents will relate to it.

May you build a ladder to the stars

And climb on every rung

May you stay forever young

I love how he mentions climbing every rung, rather than just focusing on reaching the top.


This post is a part of the #NinaAndNana series I co-host with Lavanya Srinivasan. Her posts can be found here.

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