Bachpan Ki Kahaniyan

Bachpan Ki Kahaniyan

Welcome to the first-ever Educational Podcast on Urdu Stories for children! Urdu stories from our childhood, narrated by Mahwash. Living abroad Mahwash realized that in the fast paced life of a modern expat family, children lose touch with their Pakistani heritage, language and experiences. Through the retelling of these stories she brings to life our childhood experiences, building curiosity and imagination in our children, giving new life to the famous characters of yore. Mahwash aims to revive the art and medium of Urdu story narration and lessons learnt all the while preserving our language and culture. It’s the kahanis of our nanis and dadi, retold for our children again!

Episodes

January 15, 2021 28 min

BKK #50: A child makes a beautiful dua (prayer) to God. What profound message does Iqbal give to us by writing this poem on behalf of the children? Find out in this episode.

Mahwash asks the kids to take some time to reflect on Iqbal’s message.

Kids learn South Asian poetic recitation style, and Urdu words and get quizzed on Prayer, Life, Lips, Wish, Candle, Light, Darkness, My Existence, Country, Beauty, Garden, Moth, Protect, Bad d...

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BKK #49: How does a fox choose to respond to a self-praising leopard when he tells her that she is very ordinary looking. Find out in this episode.

Kids learn Urdu words and get quizzed on Fox, Chit-Chat, Danger, Animal, Self-Praise, Beauty, Skin, Fur, and Intellect among others. 

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BKK #48: What happens when the two helpers of an old woman get rid of her Rooster to break the old woman’s habit of getting up early in the morning, in the hopes to get more sleep and lessen their work. Would they be able to outsmart the old lady? Find out in this episode.

Kids learn Urdu words and get quizzed at the end of the episode on Rooster, Old Woman, Plan, Rooster’s Crow, Prayers, Winter, Difficult, among others.

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BKK #47: What does a girl observe from the sparrows’ behavior that makes her think of different kinds of people in this world. 

In this thought-provoking story, Mahwash draws an analogy between the birds and humans and makes the kids ponder what kind of a human being they choose to become.

Kids learn Urdu words and get quizzed on Sparrows, Girl, Grandmother, Pearl Millet, Blessings, among others.

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BKK #46: What happens when a weasel falsely claims the rabbit’s house? What is the consequence of his dishonesty? Find out in this episode.

Mahwash makes the kids realize that dishonesty gets one into trouble one way or the other.  

Kids learn Urdu words and get quizzed at the end of the episode on Rabbit, Weasel, Burrow, Ground, Old, Hear, Clever, Dishonest, among others.


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BKK #45: Why does a mermaid offer a Golden axe to a woodcutter who accidentally drops his iron axe into the river? Will the woodcutter take the Golden Axe? What will the mermaid do based on his response? Find out in this episode.

Mahwash asks the kids to reflect on the rewards of being honest.

Kids learn Urdu words and get quizzed at the end of the episode on Woodcutter, Axe, Gold, Silver, Iron, River, Thirsty, Mermaid, and Honest, a...

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BKK #44: Through this profound self-reflection of a bird in captivity and his longing for freedom, Iqbal makes us realize the importance of freedom. 

Mahwash asks the kids to take some time to reflect on Iqbal’s message of valuing independence and freedom and that one should never trade it for anything.

Kids learn South Asian poetic recitation style, and Urdu words and get quizzed on Birds, To Plea, To Remember, Garden, Chirping, Fre...

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BKK #43: Through a thoughtful conversation between a cow and a goat, this poem of Iqbal emphasizes on having a positive perspective in life. 

Kids learn that it is their choice to either focus on the positives and be happy, or keep complaining about the challenges in life.

Mahwash asks the kids to take some time to count their blessings and be grateful to God and does the same.

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BKK #42: This poem is about the story of a Firefly and a Nightingale, and how the Firefly empathizes with a sad Nightingale and helps her in time of need. 

Mahwash makes the kids realize that each one of us has been gifted by God a unique strength that we can use to help others. She also tells them that being compassionate towards others is a choice and urges them to think of their unique gifts with which they can make a difference ...

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BKK #41: What strategies does a hungry spider use to lure a fly into its trap. Does the fly fall for it? What lesson does Allama Iqbal want to impart to the kids through this poem of his? Find out in this episode. 

Kids learn South Asian poetic recitation style, and Urdu words for Spider, Fly, Strangers, Loved Ones, Home, Respect & Honor, Ladder, and Trap among others.   

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BKK #40: What tricks does an old cat play to eat the sick birds? Will the birds fall prey to the cat’s tricks? Find out in this episode.

Kids learn Urdu words for neighborhood, door, to knock, birds, cat, hat, glasses, ears, hide, intelligence among others.     

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BKK #39: A goat teaches her Kid a secret password for her to open the door when she gets back. What does the Kid do when the Wolf knocks at the door pretending to be her mother and tells her the secret password.

Mahwash reminds the kids to be vigilant and to believe in their gut when making a decision. 

Kids learn Urdu words for Wolf, Goat, Kid, Favorite, To Knock, To Open, Door, Sing, Song, Intelligent among other words.

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BKK #38:  A clay pot reluctantly decides to be friends with an iron pot when it asks the clay pot to become its friend. What mistake does the clay pot make and what lesson is in store for us?

Mahwash discusses the properties of both clay and iron with the kids and based on that asks them questions to think which of the pots would be stronger?

Kids learn Urdu words for Pots, Clay, Iron, Strong, Soft, Fragile and Break among others.

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BKK #37: A group of mice living in peace in a house was attacked by the newly pet cat with her tricks. Would the mice continue to be outsmarted by the cat? Find out in this episode.

Kids learn Urdu words for Mouse, Mice, Pet, Cat, Kitchen, White, Flour, To Deceive among other words.


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BKK #36: What happens when a strong Oak tree becomes arrogant and looks down upon the reeds. What lesson is in store for us?     

Kids learn about Oak trees, their heights, age, and how they are considered as symbols of strength, wisdom, and resilience.  

Kids learn Urdu words for Oak Tree, Reeds, River, Storm, Sturdy, Arrogance, Strong, Weak, Respect, and Shade among others.

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BKK #35: A dove helps an ant in time of need and saves her life. How does the ant repay her kindness? Find out in this Episode.

In this story, the kids learn how an act of kindness never goes to waste.

Kids learn Urdu words for Dove, Pigeon, Ant, Thirst, Stream, Hunter, Dry Leaf, and Thank You among others.

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BKK #34: An old and weak wolf comes across a strong dog and inquires about his good health. The dog suggests the old wolf to come along where he will also be fed well. What does the old wolf learn that he decides to rather starve but not accompany the dog. Find out in this episode.

In this thought provoking story, Mahwash makes the kids realize how important freedom is in one’s life and how it should never be compromised.

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BKK #33: A fox falls down into a well and lures a goat to come inside so she could use him to climb out of the well. The goat falls for the sly fox’s tricks and learns an important lesson. What does she learn? Find out in this episode.

Kids learn Urdu words for Well, Water, Sweet, Cold, Thirst, Difficult, in Search of among others.

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BKK #32: How does a squirrel respond to an arrogant mountain who looks down upon her and tries to make her feel small and insignificant. What wisdom does she share with the mountain and what lesson is in store for us?

In this episode, Mahwash introduces the kids to Allama Muhammad Iqbal, the Poet of the East, and goes over Iqbal’s famous poem ‘Aik Pahaar Aur Gulehri’  for kids. Iqbal has written numerous poems for the kids with very...

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BKK #31: How does a sparrow know it was time to leave the wheat field. What does she hear that makes the wise sparrow so sure that the crop was going to be cut the next day and it was time to flee. What lesson does her kids learn from her?

In this thought provoking story, kids learn that when one is determined to rely on self, one gets his work done and that human beings have the capability and the power to do things once they decid...

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