The Daily Prompt : Smooth

The word smooth  took me back to my childhood days. My father was working in the Indian Railways and we lived in some of the big cities of our country. But every summer vacation we used to come to my maternal grandparents’ home in a small town. My brother and I used to stay with our maternal uncle for some days in a village. There is a river near his house and we used to really enjoy ourselves. There is a bridge nearby and we used to play there. The river is very shallow there. There were plenty of round, smooth stones on the river bed. We used to collect small round, smooth stones to play a game called ‘ kallu aata’ which literally means ‘stone game’. We need five stones for the game. It used to be fun. Those were the days long before television and mobiles. Many of our games were with stones and sticks . Some time ago we had been to my uncle’s house. Our daughter, son-in- law and grandson had come too. Our grandson enjoyed playing in the water and feeling the round, smooth stones.

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By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. I used to go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. Covid-19 has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. Hopefully I will be able to go there again. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.

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