Once upon a time there was a family. A very big family with many members, some of them scattered across the various continents. Naturally, being such a big family, it was bound to be interesting and full of characters, each as different from each other as chalk from cheese. The patriarch of the family was a very erudite gentleman, elderly and statesman like in the way he handled the entire family. He normally stayed in his own room and did not say much. But his presence was always felt all over the house. He sat in his big armchair and quietly watched everything that was going on. Occasionally he'd suddenly get into a mood to talk and would tell the younger members stories of his childhood, his working days and other delightful stories. When that happened, the family would love to gather around and listen. That would be followed by long discussions. Some of the members would listen admiringly, nod their heads, smile at his humour and get back to work. Others would linger a while longer and chat a while. And then there were one who would get into long discussions with the grandpa, while the other siblings would watch the two with their jaws dropping. Often the discussions would fly over their heads. Then there were a few other brothers of the 1st generation in the family. One used to appear off and on. He too was a very good narrator of stories, but one never knew when he'd get into story telling mood. But when he did, they would be epics - sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant and sad. Yet another brother was very happy to be involved in the discussions and generally keep up everybody's spirits. These brothers had a sister who was extremely loved by everyone in the family. She was the motherly figure in the family and spread her love and affection liberally to every one around her. Among the 2nd generation was one uncle who was extremely spiritually oriented and his function in the family was to tend to the spiritual growth of the younger members. In this he was joined by one of the grand-aunts who would explain his point by narrating stories from life. This uncle related to everyone in the family - the older generation as well as all the nephews and nieces. He encouraged them to live good lives, to be helpful and all this he did through example. But that did not mean that he did not have a sense of humour and he was not beyond enjoying a good banter with the younger ones. One of his sisters was extremely gifted - whether it be in writing, painting, .... name it and she was an adept. Another was extremely intelligent and enriched the knowledge of the younger members with information about the moon and the stars. Yet another was a woolly headed creature who lived with her heads in the clouds. And then there were a number of nieces and nephews - some who loved to indulge in academic discussions, others who were involved in trying to soothe down ruffled feathers of their brothers and sisters who were unhappy for any reason, yet others were artistically inclined. This household was always bustling with activity. Like all families there was plenty of discord, but enough of love to ensure that everyone came back, even if they decided to sulk for a while. Am so happy to be so close to this family. I am sure you know which family I am talking about. Can you recognize the characters? P.S.: Please feel free to describe other members, so that we can take a guess at who it is?