Gejje naadha: A melody from the baby's anklet bells.[Special prize winner for Topic of the Month TOW contest]
In many parts of India, we follow the tradition of adoring toddlers with a small anklet, an ornament of silver around the ankle of babies, when they start crawling and walking. These have a series of one or two rows of tiny bells.
These ornaments with the tiny bells are called as Gejje (in Kannada). The sounds made by this are called as gejje naadha (anklet melodious sounds). Traditional dancers, women also wear this, but the ones on the babies ankle are unique to me.
The sounds of the little bells fill the house, it brings happiness and raises an expectation in the hearts of the elders, who turn around, to follow the sound so that they can catch a glimpse of the little bundle of joy, crawling or running around the house. The very sound brings a smile to the faces of adults in the home and guests. Worries are forgotten momentarily by the sounds of the soft little feet shuffling across the floor.
What I love is, the child doesn't even know the impact of the bell sounds that it generates. But yet, unknowingly, these tiny bells on tiny little ankles of little children bring joy and warmth to the hearts of the people around it.
These joyous sounds to me reflect the greatness of the pure hearts of the children and the unique power of these tiny bells that are hardly 1cm-2cm in size. It strikes a pleasant chord in the hearts of the listeners, like the bell chimes of cows in the heart of the cowherd.