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Run- Boys are playing in the background and the cows decided to join them:)

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Memories of Childhood, Weekly Market

Weekly markets are a very important part of local life. Each village or a town has these weekly markets on a fixed day. Not only vegetables and fruits but so many other things are available and at a cheaper rate than what is available in the retail shops.  My father writes about his experiences in the weekly market in the small town where he grew up. This was sometime in the 1940s.  He writes,

“ Every Sunday in Hospet, was the weekly market locally
known as ‘Santhe’ in Kannada. Vegetables and fruits grown in the neighbourhood were there for sale.  Also for sale were
meat and  other eatables, like Mandaralu (puffed rice),
Avalakki (beaten rice). Santhe was held on a large ground
not far from our house.  This ground has now been converted into the city bus stand and the santhe shifted elsewhere.There were no shops in Hospet then. Vendors crrying  vegetables on their heads in bamboo baskets  and visiting houses were the only other source for these.

When I was young,  my father used to call me on Sunday
afternoons, give me a one-rupee coin and tell  me to go to the market.  One rupee was big money then.  I carried two cotton bags and walked to the santhe.  I first walked on our
side of the street.  After some distance came an
Advocate’s house.  There was an old woman in that house.
We were told that a “Bhootha” (demon) was in control of
this woman.  So, I avoided walking by the side of the house
and crossed over to the other side.  Hospet was a Taluk and
Government Taluk offices were housed in a large compound
there. After this, another road crossed our road and a large
circle was formed and in its centre was the ‘Rajana Kamba’
or Rajah’s  pillar where the statue of the head of
King George V was placed.  After that was our teacher, Lakshmana Rao’s house.  The road leading to the santhe was not very far.

The vendors sat on the ground placing their vegetable
baskets around them, holding in their hands a small balance
for weighing and a measuring vessel and waited for the
buyers.  The vegetables were mainly Brinjals, cucumber,
beans, lady’s fingers, ash gourd. They had not heard of
Cabbage, Cauliflower, and the like.  These  had not yet
arrived in the rural areas.  Most vegetables cost about
2 annas a pound (lb) or a seer.  That is about 5 annas or
about 0.3 rupees a kg !! Yesterday, I paid Rs. 20/- for a
kg of Badane (brinjal) i.e. about 67 times!!  I knew most
of the vendors by their faces.

At the end of the ground were two large tiled sheds.
In one of them meat was sold.  Fruits and other eatables were sold in the other.  I was not interested in these.  After
these, there was a small open ground in which puffed rice), kept  in large jute bags (3 ft. in diameter and 4 ft. height !) was
sold.  From puffed rice  delicious ‘sweet balls’ were made by adding jaggery.
My mouth watered thinking about this. How could I not buy them?
One rupee was finished now and then I returned home.”

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( The small photos are from the internet)

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A few years ago we had been to Ahmedabad in Gujarat. We went to see this Stepwell called ADALAJ KI VAV. It is in a small village called Adalaj. This well was built in 1499 by Queen Rudabai, wife of the Vaghela chief, Veersingh, it was not just a cultural and utilitarian space, but also a spiritual refuge. It is believed that villagers would come everyday in the morning to fill water, offer prayers to the deities carved into the walls and interact with each other in the cool shade of the vav.
There are beautiful carvings on the walls. One such carving looks beautiful in close up and when we see it from a distance it looks so different and more beautiful.

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Would you prefer a reading nook or an art, craft, photography studio?

A)   A reading nook any day:)

Would you prefer the TV in the living room or another room?

In another room, but I do not watch any serials or anything else:) Sometimes I love watch old English movies and Hindi movies.

What color would you like your bedroom to be?

Any light colour:) Over here many paint one wall a brighter colour matching the lighter one.

Would you prefer a one floor house or multiple levels?

We love our house and we have a first floor:)

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

So many small things like listening to the sound of the birds first thing in the morning:) Looking forward to many things 🙂 Life is so interesting .

Thanks Cee for making it so much more interesting and nice:)   LakshmiImagenice


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To Sir with Love:)

Books were a very exciting part of our  childhood. Going to the library, getting books, reading and enjoying and living them were and are a nice part of life. Back then, going to the movies were special occasions. Our parents used to take us to movies like The Sound of Music, Roman Holiday, Good Bye Mr Chips and many more.  They are movies which never age.

To Sir with Love is also one such movie. Whenever I remember my grandfather, I think of this movie. He had been a teacher all his life and taught Maths and English. He had been the Headmaster of the Government High School in a small town in the northern part of our state till his retirement.   He had been very strict but had also been loved and respected by his students and staff. He passed away in 1980 and one of his students wrote this poem about him.

 ‘ River of our innocent country of Boyhood,

   Mountain in our landscapes of later life,

  the sky that covers us from moment like an umbrella,

  the giant dreamer of all our dreams,

  you have now gone to sleep and dreams forever.

How can the burning of your body in Death’s name,

Deprive us of our river, mountain and sky?’

Such a beautiful, loving tribute. What more could one ask for? We are indeed lucky when such teachers come into our life and I have been lucky. They inspire us, show us the way and give us the freedom to make our choice. With their gentle words and actions they make us what we are . Our lives become richer and so much more happier.

Really , To Teacher  with Love.


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FRAME – a rigid structure that surrounds something such as a picture, door, or windowpane.

The outside world seen through the door from inside a temple.

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ABANDONED – Walking along the streets, we saw this old man searching in the garbage bin for something. There was such an abandoned feeling around him.