Stories change how we see our world. They introduce and welcome unfamiliar perspectives. We all are born out of stories and we all have stories within us.
The power of storytelling is one of the oldest and most compelling communication tools of humanity. My attempt is to unearth our every-day unheard voices that tell tales. These voices may recreate their tales from history and memory, yet, they are selective about what they choose to reveal.
It is this choice that makes these tales so unique and interesting. For these choices – on what to disclose and hide simultaneously– is an outcome of the narrator’s socialization. This socialization stems from their place, treatment, and understanding with the world around them. It’s their tangible expression of identity after networking with multiple filters, cultures, and stimuli, a resultant negotiated space within the enveloping diversity.
It is interesting to note that the intuitiveness, with which the surrounding reality may be reconstructed through these tales, may stem from a lucid (yet subconscious) purpose to construct a self-identity and in the process cope within an adopted foreign homeland.
And yet it is also interesting to see how, within these tales, the narrators find their pockets of sunshine, heartbreak, triumphs and setbacks, all wrapped tightly around the way they tell tales.
Being wedded to one’s own reconstruction of their tales may lend reasons to live life every day, sometimes more deliberately than others.
So, really, why Tell-Tales? Is it just to understand and contextualize our histories? Or is it also to reconstruct our evolving identities? Or perhaps, both?
Within the current global epistemic shifts in concepts of nationalism, do these tales reflect a sense of amendment in their conferred, hyphenated spaces?
Despite the inclination towards presumed uniqueness of these narratives, is there a subtext, a shared ground for commonality of occurrence and experience, irrespective of their diverse cultural backgrounds?
The beast of alienation and its associated disenfranchisement has no particular country of residence. It hitch-hikes within the multiple and inherent identities that these tales carry.
Also, these tales are resilient in their ability to reconstruct the self within their own personal trajectories.
Either way, it is interesting to collect these narratives in order to decode some of these larger inclusive questions with the possibilities of discovering seismic shifts from the individual, collective, and national level.