Discrimination, pollution, deforestation, children and women abuse, illiteracy, global warming, endangered species, prostitution, religious violence, superstitions, poverty, war, female infanticide; the list goes on... Performance time ranging between 5 to 15 minutes, these skits are ideal for schools, colleges and NGOs to spread awareness. Most of these skits are informative, hence can be read just for that! Please don't forget to leave your comments.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
WINTER by Amjad Prawej
Grand Ma, 65, is sitting on a chair
and knitting. Guddi, 7, enters running.
Guddi: Grand ma! Grand ma! We are here.
Grand Ma: Be careful Guddi. You will
trip and fall.
She embraces Guddi and kisses her.
Babloo, 10, enter . He looks disappointed.
Guddi: I won! I won! I touched Grand Ma
Babloo: You started running on “two”.
You are a cheater.
Guddi: No, I am not.
Grand Ma: Stop fighting. Come here
Babloo. (She kisses him) You both are winners.
Rupak, 30, and Sandhya, 28, enter. They are carrying some grocery bags.
Sandhya: My God, these kids! They are
uncontrollable. Stop harassing grand ma. Go play in the garden. Hello
Grand Ma: Hello. How was the drive?
Rupak: Hello Ma.
Sandhya: It was as usual, the
kids wouldn't stop planning and talking about you.
Rupak: They get so excited and happy
every time we plan on coming here.
Grand Ma: I can't thank you enough for
bringing them here every month. Seeing them makes me happy. Thank you
for making this old and lonely lady happy.
Sandhya: Don't say that ma. You have
all the rights to see them. After all you are the only grand ma they
Rupak: Besides, they are so happy to
Enter Babloo and Guddi.
Babloo: Grand Ma! Look what I found.
Grand Ma: It's a caterpillar.
Guddi: I saw it first.
Sandhya: I will put these in
the kitchen and make some tea.
Rupak: I will help you.
Exit Sandhya and Rupak.
Grand ma: One day this caterpillar will
turn into a butterfly.
Guddi: It will have many colors!
Grand Ma: Yes it will. Now go put it on
the window sill.
They release the caterpillar on the
window sill and return to Grand Ma.
Babloo: Grand Ma, what story are you
going to tell us tonight?
Guddi: Sindbad the sailor!
Babloo: But we have heard that before.
Guddi: So what? You play that same
stupid video game everyday!
Babloo: It's not the same. There are
Guddi: It's the same.
Babloo: No it's not.
Guddi: Yes it is.
Grand Ma: I will tell you a new story
B & G: Yeeeeeeeee!!!
Grand Ma: Have you heard the story of
Babloo: No Grand ma. Who is Shravan
Grand Ma: He was the son of Shantnav
and Gyanvati. He was a dutiful son and is known for his devotion
toward his parents. He was very obedient.
Guddi: Hmm... So he was not like
Babloo: Huh.. As if you are like him.
What did he do grand Ma?
Grand Ma: You will have to wait for me
to tell the story tonight.
Babloo: I want to hear it now.
Guddi: I will wait till the story time
Grand ma. See I am obedient.
Babloo: I am obedient too.
Guddi: No you are not.
Babloo: Yes I am.
Rupak: (Off stage) Babloo!
Guddi! Come in here. Let Grand Ma have some rest.
Babloo and Guddi exit. Grand Ma goes
back to her knitting. She knits for sometime in silence. Deepak, 24 yrs, enters. He is carrying a carton box.
Deepak: Ma! Don't you ever get tired of
knitting? (He hugs her)
Grand Ma: I am
knitting sweaters for Guddi and Babloo. I am hoping to finish before
they come during their winter vacation.
Deepak: You'll ruin
your eyes. Anyway, I got you some fruits. I also got
you this new ointment for your knees. I hear it is really good.
Please massage every day.
Grand Ma: I will. How is your new job?
Deepak: Same as the old one. Slugging.
It would be so different if I had an MBA. But... I can't afford it...
unless of course... (their eyes meet, he sighs) I
will put these in the fridge.
Exit Deepak. Grand Ma goes back to
knitting again. Geeta, 20 , enters. She is furious.
Geeta: How could
you do that? I literally begged you to let me take a loan
on this house. But no, I was not as good as Sandhya or Rupak. And
look what they did to you! Their company is bankrupt and they have no
means to pay off their loan. Are you satisfied?
Grand Ma: (Smiles)
How are you sweetheart?
Geeta: I am fine.
Ashok and I are moving to Bangalore this month. He knows someone
there. It will be a struggle in the beginning. (Silence...) Ma...
I would've asked you to come but...
Grand Ma: I know
beta (son). Don't worry. I will be fine. I made some Gajar Halwa for you.
It's in the fridge.
Exit Geeta. Grand Ma continues
knitting for sometime. She stops. Looks around. Goes back to knitting
again. Stops. Looks in one direction as if she heard something.
Kishore, a caretaker, 35, enters. He is wearing a uniform.
Do you need something Mrs. Mathur?
Ma: Ah, Kishore... No... I am... I thought... .
Would you like to go for a walk?
Ma: Yes, that would be nice. (Caretaker helps her out of
the chair. She looks at the unfinished sweater and picks it up)
Are you married Kishore?
Yes, Mrs. Mathur. I have a son and a daughter.
Ma: That's nice. Do you love your children?
Of course I do. More than anything else. Why do you ask?
Ma: (Smiles) I forgot
to knit a sweater for myself. You shouldn't. (Hands him the
unfinished sweater) It'll keep
you warm in the winter. And please bring me some more wool. I am
going to start knitting for myself again.