Most middle-class kids in India will have heard of The Sound of Music, if not learnt a few songs from that famous movie. Do-re-me was a favorite of music teachers, and who can resist Raindrops and Roses? My favorite was How d’you solve a problem like Maria? In my sister’s class, there was a girl named Maria, so it was used quite a few times on her, I’m sure. 🙂
Interestingly enough, while I was growing up, the movie and the songs were not very prominent in my mind. My interest was really sparked when I found, amongst a pile of old books given to us by my uncle, this little gem. To my young imagination, it was so incredible and fantastic. I loved the adventures the von Trapp family had, the way they were so hilariously awkward on the American stage and how they finally grew comfortable in this new and strange land. Their travails in setting up their place in Vermont was so fascinating, I felt like rolling up my sleeves to pitching in and help them! I read the book so many times and I enjoyed it so much.
The passing away of Maria von Trapp (the daughter) triggered those memories again. I remember the details of the book only vaguely now, and I feel like reading it all over again.
I began to watch the movie only with Lil D. She loves the movie so much that she can watch endless reruns. When she was about four, I think, she used to get very upset in the So long, farewell song, where the little girl sings “The sun has gone to bed and so must I”. She used to creep into my lap and hug me, weeping all the while. I had to console her and reassure her that the children would come back.
A single family’s story has touched so many millions of people all over the world. Amazing, isn’t it?