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Pooh and the Art of Living & Loving 1- Who am I?

Mohan is a family physician, film and TV aficionado, a keen bibliophile and an eclectic scribbler.

'I don't know you, Mr!'

'I don't know you, Mr!'

In which Pooh wakes up (or does he?)



It was raining in hundred acre wood that morning. Pooh woke up and stretched his little arms up in the air. The pitter patter of rain outside made a strange little rhythm.

"Rum tumpty tumpty tum" said Pooh as he got out of bed. The rain drops went ' Pit patter pattety pit' on his roof.

Pooh felt happy. "I am happy" said Pooh, aloud. The rain agreed.

He felt a rhythm in his tummy too. "Rum rumbly rumbly rum" said his tummy. Pooh smacked his lips and walked towards the cupboard. On his way there, he caught sight of the reflection in the mirror and gasped.

"Who is that?"

The reflection said the same thing. "I don't know you Mr. You better not be here for my hunny" Pooh was aghast that the other one said the same thing.

Pooh stuck his hand out to touch this strange person in his house and struck the mirror.

"Ouchy ouch." said Pooh and blinked three times. It has been said that you should blink once for clarity, twice for purity and three times for sanity.

"Oh bother." said Pooh, with a sudden burst of realisation, "That is a mirror I touched."

As a bear of very little brain, things took a while to warm up. "So, that must be my reflic..refec..reflection"

Pooh nodded to the mirror and was pleased that the other bear nodded back in agreement. Pooh however, realized that reflection or otherwise, he had woken up not knowing who he was.

"I don't have a cloo who I am." said Pooh.The wind that blew outside chorused with him,'clooooooooh'.

Then something strange happened.

For the first time ever in hundred acre wood, Pooh forgot to eat his honey and went out in search of himself.



' Oh bother!'

' Oh bother!'

“Is it important to know who I am?” said Pooh to no one in particular. “Can I not just be?”

“Is it important to know who I am?” said Pooh to no one in particular. “Can I not just be?”

The Real Hundred Acre Wood

In which Pooh wonders 'Who am I?'


There were dark clouds hanging over hundred acre wood. The rain was coming down fast and there was a steady rustle through the leaves all around. Pooh looked up and sighed, “Oh bother. Why does it always rain when you are trying to find something, even if that something is me?”

Although he was a bear of very little brain, Pooh decided to stand under the tree and take stock of the situation. Strange though it may seem, there were quite a few things Pooh could remember. He knew he lived in hundred acre wood. He knew he liked honey. He knew he had friends here, the closest one being little Piglet. The only thing he couldn’t remember was his name or who he was.

“Is it important to know who I am?” said Pooh to no one in particular. “Can I not just be?”

It felt that this wasn’t ideal. Somehow, knowing who he was seemed essential to Pooh. Not knowing this fact made him feel lost and more importantly, unhappy.

“Maybe my friends will tell me who I am.” thought Pooh. The rain was starting to ease and the day brightened up a little. Something else crossed his mind. “But they can only tell me who they think I am. It may not be the real me”

Pooh needed to think this through. He climbed up the tree and sat on a slippery branch. “Sometimes it is better to think things through from a different view, even if it feels slippery.” He said out aloud, as if reassuring himself.




“Sometimes it is better to think things through from a different view, even if it feels slippery.”

“Sometimes it is better to think things through from a different view, even if it feels slippery.”

In which Pooh finds an unexpected find



The woods were green and brown and hazy. There was a lazy curl of smoke twirling up into the sky. Pooh remembered it could be from Rabbit’s house. The paths around were slightly waterlogged. The trees were glistening with droplets and now that the sun was trying to come out, the leaves glowed and glittered as if by magic.

Pooh tried to remember the face he saw in the mirror. He looked at his feet swinging lazily from the branch, then at his hands and his round tummy. He was soft and fuzzy. His tummy rumbled again. He looked around and saw a little hole where the branch met the tree, and in it, much to his surprise he noticed a pot.

“It is funny how you find something when you aren’t particularly looking for it.” He edged closer to the hole and pulled out the pot. It was thankfully heavy and full of gooey goodness.

He started eating when a song popped into his head.



"Its funny how you find something when you aren't particularly looking for it"

"Its funny how you find something when you aren't particularly looking for it"

Who am I?

(Is it where I am)

Who am I?

(Is it what I like?)

Who am I?

(Is it who I know?)

Who am I?

(Is it how I look?)

Who am I?

(Will I ever know?)

Who am I?

(Will I ever know?)



Just as he was licking the last lick of hunny from his sticky paws, he heard footsteps and a voice.

“Pooh?”

Said the voice echoing through the woods.

“Pooh, are you up?”

A small shiver of recognition went through the bear’s very little brain.



Who am I?

(Is it what I am called?)”


He climbed down to meet the owner of the voice. He blinked four times.

Apparently it has been said you blink once for clarity, twice for purity, three times for sanity and four times for curiosity.

To be continued.....


(Pooh created by A A Milne and originally illustrated by EH Shepard)

This story by Mohan Kumar

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"Who are you, Mr?"

"Who are you, Mr?"

© 2012 Mohan Kumar

Comments

Mike Robbers from London on November 19, 2012:

Hi Docmo ,, that was a wonderful story :) thanks

lovedoctor926 on November 18, 2012:

I love the adventures of pooh. Fantastic & very creative

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on November 18, 2012:

Mohan (Docmo),

I came back to read part #1 again and will be rereading the other four parts of your pastiche. I also tweeted all five parts of your story today.

Dahlia Flower from Canada on September 16, 2012:

Very fun. I love this bear. Tigger is my favorite friend of his.

There is a movie -- I think it was Netflix that I saw it on -- of the actual story behind the real Pooh Bear and how he ended up in a zoo and a young father started writing stories about him -- and named him Pooh Bear.

Voting up and awesome.

Audrey Howitt from California on September 16, 2012:

Wow--no wonder everyone loved you!

Madeleine Salin from Finland on September 11, 2012:

I haven't had time to dive into your series about Pooh yet. I'll try to catch up with the other parts soon. You are an amazing story teller Docmo! I really enjoyed this. :)

kaikai from TX on September 09, 2012:

wow this is awesome.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on August 21, 2012:

its so nice of you to say so- toknowinfo- much appreciated and hope you enjoy reading the subsequent chapters too!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on August 21, 2012:

Kathy- Thank you so much for appreciating my efforts and yes I did do the illustrations ( on a ipad app for quick transfer to the hubs!) Your appreciation is very much appreciated!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on August 21, 2012:

Martie- I love the way you have deconstructed the 'messages' it makes me feel good that you love this story and its messages. I didnt want it to be message heavy at the cost of the story... I am glad this comes across.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on August 21, 2012:

Josh- thank you very much!

toknowinfo on August 19, 2012:

No matter what topic you write about, it is so enjoyable to read your hubs. I really appreciate your creativity and intelligence. This was very enjoyable to read.

Kathy from The beautiful Napa Valley, California on August 15, 2012:

Hello Docmo. Well, you've done a fantastic job of describing our human dilemma using Pooh as the inquisitive and contemplative character. We all wonder these things, don't we? And, your little poem asking what it is that makes us who we are is genius. I certainly can relate to Pooh's questions. Serious concerns wrapped in the sweetest story. I think this one applicable to children and adults, too..maybe even more so for adults....maybe we're all eternally children, inside, in our own most personal wonderings/wanderings. Love it. PS...did you do the drawings, too? UP Useful (very), Interesting, Beautiful (creative, imaginative) and Awesome!!

(hey Martie! You're just above me here...yea!)

Martie Coetser from South Africa on July 24, 2012:

Such an interesting question: “Is it important to know who I am?” said Pooh to no one in particular. “Can I not just be?”

Pooh's song, too, reveals deep introspection.

So very true: “It is funny how you find something when you aren’t particularly looking for it.”

Docmo, the 'moral' of this story is unfathomed, and yet you manage to present it perceivable for children (aged 3 to 83). Congratulations!

Amazing - You have drawn all the illustrations and painted them on the iPad 'Paper' app using your finger! Now I am speechless in awe of your talents. You can make a lot of money with this kind of writings in hard copy.

Voted up, well-written and well-illustrated. Pooh and the Art of Living - Self-Awareness - is breathtakingly profound!

Joshua Zerbini from Pennsylvania on July 02, 2012:

This was great Domco! So creative original and clever! I enjoyed every last minute of it! Voted up and many more!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 20, 2012:

Yep. Hubhugs. So apt for the Pooh hub! delightful.

Twilight Lawns from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. on June 20, 2012:

HubHugs?! I love it!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 20, 2012:

India, thank you so much. Appreciate your visit and comments. This is a labour of love as you can see.

India Arnold from Northern, California on June 20, 2012:

I could all but hear Poo speak in this delightful piece. Doc, you are brilliant and your artwork, once again, has me amazed.

Namaste and HubHugs~

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 15, 2012:

Maria, you know how to make a man smile ;-) ( unburying precious treasure) wow. Hugs right back and thank you so much. I'm delighted you came over and read this.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 15, 2012:

Dana, When I first started this it was meant to be an existential meditation. The clue is in the web address for this page! Then I let Pooh carry me through the story- I love it when the story writes me! I still fill buried under the whimsy is a question of identity. I'm glad you delighted in the language yet. tapped into the undercurrent. You truly are Pooh!

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on June 15, 2012:

Doc,

Reading your work is like unburying precious treasure. I am not sure what I will find but it is all profoundly pleasing...

Charmingly joyful with insights for all ages. And who doesn't love a teddy bear...!

Voted UP & across the board. Hugs, Maria

Dana Strang from Ohio on June 14, 2012:

I finally decided it was time to read this. And I am so glad I did! How adorable! I have always had a soft spot for Pooh. How could I not?! You do such a wonderful job of capturing his spirit and of making me really care about what is hapeneing with him.

And it happened again. Words popped out that made my heart skip and they are now lodged in my brain: "Ouchy Ouch". I giggled when I read that. What an odd choice out of all your wonderful words. Not a conscious choice, It just happens! I wonder what Freud and Jung would have to say about this.

I am going to rush off to read the next one! This Pooh reminds me so much of myself. I didn't know who I was for most of my life to date. I never even had and answer to the question "waht do you want to be" until recently. I am curious to see what happens.

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on June 11, 2012:

As always, it's my pleasure, Docmo. *giggle*

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 11, 2012:

duffsmom- thank you. I'm glad you found my little effort entertaining. I am truly delighted at the response.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 11, 2012:

Terrye- I just love the 'stinkin' amazing' compliment. I just sniffed myself with pride. (eww!) Its a good job I doused myself in Terre d'hermes this morning. Thank you very much for your comments and compliments! Much appreciated.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 11, 2012:

Kelley- I am not sure about raising the bar as there is far too much talent around here ( like yourself) - that's what keeps me going. Thank you so much!

P. Thorpe Christiansen from Pacific Northwest, USA on June 11, 2012:

You are very talented DOCMO and it is a pleasure to read and view your artwork. Well done!

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on June 11, 2012:

You are just stinkin' amazing, Docmo! I wish I had a tenth of the talent you do! :) I never really cared for Pooh, but found your story charming and endearing. :) Voting up, of course! :)

kelleyward on June 11, 2012:

Docmo this one is truly amazing!!! You raise the bar for everyone else around here with your writing, story telling, and artistry. Thanks for being a hubber! Sharing this and voting it way up across the board! Take care, Kelley

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 11, 2012:

Weird music is playing again. I just finished the draft of the 'sequel' and I am really excited about it! Thanks Daisy for your wonderful compliment.

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on June 11, 2012:

Mohan (Docmo),

You continually amaze me with your creativity and versatility. I've just read this story twice. I'm still smiling, my friend.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 11, 2012:

Lesley, thank you for making my day. I am really glad you like this. Especially because I have just finished the draft for the 'sequel' and am looking forward to sharing this soon.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on June 11, 2012:

What a fantastic start to my day, loved, loved this!

Wonderful writing and great illustrations!

More please - voting up!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 30, 2012:

Its amazing how this Pooh story has reawakened many childhood memories, including my own. I am glad you enjoyed this- thank you for your visit and comment. Much appreciated.

Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on May 30, 2012:

I can not tell you how happy I am for having found your hub pages. I am currently on a "stay at home" vacation and am so enjoying reading your works. Raeding one of your hubs give's me the same feeling I get when I am settling in to read a really good fat book.

On another note, this particular short story is dear to my heart. When I was a little girl, I had an invisible friend. Guess who? Yup - Pooh! I have continued to hold him dear to my heart through all my years. Thank you for reminding me of a special and happy childhood memory.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 30, 2012:

thank you Carlos - love your name by the way- much appreciate your visit and comment. Glad you enjoyed this Pooh nugget.

Carlos Catatonia from new orleans, louisiana on May 30, 2012:

you made me reconsider what I knew about Pooh, nonetheless this was very interesting and well written. Great hub!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 27, 2012:

Thank you Mary- truly appreciate your visit and thoughtful comments. I am so pleased you are sharing this too as I am quite proud of writing & illustrating this! Much. much appreciated.

Mary Craig from New York on May 27, 2012:

I happened across this when hub searching and boy am I glad I did. I know you write good hubs but this is truly amazing. A.A. Milne must be smiling ear to ear to have someone re-create his beloved Pooh so well in word and pictures. This is definitely book-worthy and so original. Sir, you are truly a master at your craft, it seems both writing AND drawing. Voted all the way across and SHARING with my followers!!!

Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on May 25, 2012:

Beautiful and so engaging! I cannot wait to read more. Love your style and your amazing illustrations. Rated up! Cool story - Steph

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 25, 2012:

Thank you Bilky Buc - I am a practising clinician and a teacher - I can see there is much in common with our outlook including the love of pooh. Appreciate your vist!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 25, 2012:

This was lovely and great fun and just happened to be about one of my favorite literary characters. I see also that you are a teacher? We have much in common. I look forward to following you from this moment on.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 23, 2012:

Hi Ruchira, I ma really pleased to feature your favorite ( my favorite too) in an introspective moment.I am planning to continue the story of Poohs search for himself! Thank you very much.

Ruchira from United States on May 23, 2012:

Hi Docmo,

I like how you brought the spot light on our favorite character...Pooh. He is adorable and making him think on who he is and what is he here for..will make all living beings think of the same.

voted up as interesting!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 19, 2012:

Hi pegcole- thanks for your visit and comments- glad you like it!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 19, 2012:

hi mcbirdbks- truly appreciate your visit and thanks for sharing this!

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on May 18, 2012:

Thanks to Mckbirdbks for sharing this cute story on FaceBook. What a great way to start the morning with an introspection by the Great Pooh! I loved this and your illustrations were quite impressive.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on May 17, 2012:

Hello. The least I could do is put this on FaceBook. Brilliant, it is packaged joy.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 15, 2012:

drbj, thank you. If I carry on at this rate I may well have to! Its always great to see you here.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on May 15, 2012:

Funny little hub and great illustrations, Mohan. If you ever tire of practicing medicine, you could well earn your keep as a creative illustrator. Trust me!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 15, 2012:

Thank you Maralexa, for your visit and generous comments. I truly appreciate it.

Marilyn Alexander from Vancouver, Canada on May 15, 2012:

Thank you Docmo! This is a very special hub. You have written a fabulous story (I look forward to more) and illustrated it beautifully. You are very talented. Voted up and across the board.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 15, 2012:

Hi Trish, glad you came by and enjoyed this little story. thank you!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 15, 2012:

Hi sofs, I am glad this was enjoyable and it helped to start off your day wit ha smile. I'll have to check out your hubs on existential questions- I am sure to learn some. Thanks for visiting!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 15, 2012:

Hi Rosemay, it must be something in the air. Little did I know there were similar existential ponderings around here in hubland! Thank you for your visit and comments. appreciated.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 15, 2012:

Hi Becky, really glad you like this writing. Yeah, I was happily surprised when Ian arrived here before I could prompt him. His love for Pooh is unparalleled!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 15, 2012:

Hi mperrottet - thank you- its good to know there is interest in the next instalment. I better get writing it quick!

Tricia Mason from The English Midlands on May 15, 2012:

Hi :)

That was great!

Really enjoyable!

Sophie on May 14, 2012:

Cute! What a way to start my day.. Thanks Doc, you know what, I have written a couple of hubs on ...' The art of living - living from the heart' and 'To love- who am I?' but you can't call them cute :) Waiting for the next chapter of Pooh. Have a lovely day!

Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on May 14, 2012:

Is it something in the air? This is the 3rd hub I have read this morning all relating to the meaning of life and our existance. An now I find that even the lovable Pooh is asking the same questions.

I love it, who could ever pass up a Pooh story. Love your illustrations too

Excellent, voting up and waiting with anticipation to see if Pooh has the answers.

Becky Katz from Hereford, AZ on May 14, 2012:

Really cute story. I thought of Ian also while reading this and I thought I was going to have to go track him down to tell him about it. I see I don't need to but I need to track him down anyway. It has been far too long since talking with my dear old coot.

Margaret Perrottet from San Antonio, FL on May 14, 2012:

Just can't wait for the next installment of Pooh's existential dilemma. VERY nicely done - love the illustrations, and really love the thought behind Pooh's search for identity.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 14, 2012:

Dear Ruby, thank you very much- the little ones loved this story and I hope they'll want more!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on May 14, 2012:

I love this. I can see a little one listening to this wonderful story about Pooh. My Grandson Jackie Jr. always carried Pooh everywhere. Your artistic design is very good. You have soo much talent. Thank you for sharing...

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 14, 2012:

Dear Ian, teaching connects in so many ways and creates a unique bond. Since I started teaching ( medicine) I have found some wonderful friends who I stay in touch with. I am glad this little bit of whimsy you chose to share this way. I am honoured!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 14, 2012:

@WillStarr- thank you very much.

Angelme566 on May 14, 2012:

This is so cute .and i love the graphics..loe am reading a pocketbook.. This is a worthy read..Voted Up and awesome !

Twilight Lawns from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. on May 14, 2012:

Sorry about the typographical error, Mohan. I make so many mistakes that I am amazed that I can even write a shopping list (lust, lost, last... I dunno)... much less a comment on a wonderful piece of writing like this.

I should imagine that you have worked out that Jan was a girl in my class when I first started to teach in the UK, and we are still friends.

That's one of the great things about teaching; one finds some amazing friend, for life.

I'll certainly notify Jan when you write another Pooh story, or any other hub. They're always excellent

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on May 14, 2012:

Just superb! Voted up and across the board!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 14, 2012:

Jan, thank you so much for visiting and your wonderful comments. It's great to know Ian used to read the Pooh stories to you- here's one more for him to read out. What a wonderful tribute!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 14, 2012:

Amy, as long as I have such wonderful readers and generous comments, My creative juices will keep flowing. You always make this boy beam! Thank you,sweet Amy.

Jan Holt on May 14, 2012:

Hello Ian, I was passed your hub via Twilight Lawns. I must say I am very impressed with your illustrations and the way that you have put such an incredible innocence in your writings. Your explanation of the rain and the woods, put a lovely vision in my mind....taking me back to when Ian (Twilight) used to read us the Pooh stories in the 1960s. Well done, it's lovely!

More please.... Jan x

Amy Becherer from St. Louis, MO on May 14, 2012:

From the first illustration, your message has the artistic marks of Docmo. I am certain, be it with a lump of coal, pencil, or an iPad 'Paper' app, your Don Quixote spirit will find a way to be enlightening. And, who of us, no matter our brain power, doesn't recognize Pooh in the mirror? The message of your magic as a storyteller makes me eager to enjoy Pooh's quest. Bring it on, Docmo!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 14, 2012:

@Sunnie- glad you came by. Thank you for your visit and comments.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 14, 2012:

@xstatic - thank you so much for appreciating my hub on that 'pesky' question. I thought the little bear was best placed to ponder on life's mysteries.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 14, 2012:

@ Ian- believe it or not, I thought of you and your profile pic when I wrote this hub. My memory banks stireed and thought you would like this hub. Within minutes there you are like a Pooh-seeking-missile- my hub read and commented. I am really glad to have pleased a Pooh connoisseur. Thank you Ian! - Mohan

Sunnie Day on May 14, 2012:

So delightful! Thank you for the smiles!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 14, 2012:

@Vellur- thank you kindly. Much appreciated.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 14, 2012:

@Ann - you are welcome to my story telling session anytime. what a gorgeous comment and compliment. Thank you!

Jim Higgins from Eugene, Oregon on May 14, 2012:

Fantastic Hub! A greatparable of Pooh that may help us all with that pesky question about ourselves that is sooo

hard to pin down. The illustrations are priceless too. I will look for that App, though I can't draw anyway.

Up all the way across & shared as well!

Twilight Lawns from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. on May 14, 2012:

Rohan, I have nothing to say apart from "I love it!"

I have loved Pooh for much longer than I would care to admit, but my goodness. E.H.Shephard would be so proud of you, and so would A.A.Milne. I have drawn Pooh pictures since I was a little boy, but whlre reading through your lovely story, I was so impressed, and then to find they were "created on iPad 'Paper' app using my finger" I was amazed.

Looking forward to your next.

Ian

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on May 14, 2012:

WOW keep writing. Enjoyed this. Awesome writing and art work. Voted up.

anndavis25 from Clearwater, Fl. on May 14, 2012:

I want to shrink and come sit on your lap, and have you tell me a story. Aww, I like it so much. I have been up a tree on a slippery limb before, and looked around and found honey.

Next installment please. Ann

Up and awesome

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