A year after her mother’s death, fourteen year old Sharmila prefers to escape into a world of Hindu myths and legends rather than confront her guilt and pain.
Parminder again portrays a character some years younger than herself, but captures with aplomb the girls passage through an extended grieving process, exacerbated by feelings of guilt at the manner of her mother’s death. While attempting to support her fathers efforts to take the family forward, she continues to ‘converse’ with her mother through the conduit of ‘the whispering tree’, situated in the garden of their house.
Her best friend becomes concerned about Sharmila’s state of mind when she confides about the spiritual discourse in which she continues to engage. The emotional crisis comes to a head when her father announces that his employment necessitates that the family move to a new town.A relatively simple story, but one that poignantly touches on issues of loss and friendship.
The play was nominated for the 1998 'Race in the Media Awards' (RIMA) in the category of Mixed Media (Children). RIMA was created by the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) in 1992 to encourage informed coverage of race relations, diversity and multiculturalism.
PNO note: Tanika Gupta also authored the stage play 'Skeleton' and the radio drama 'Muse of Fusion' in which Parminder performed.