The Daily Prompt : Mountain

Words are so fascinating. There are so many different words with same meaning and one word can mean so many things. Recently my son told me about the word ‘petrichor’. It means the fragrance of the first rains touching the earth. There are so many expressive words and there are words which strike a chord to some memory.

Some words remain with me and I keep thinking about them. When I read the Daily Prompt – Mountain, the first thought that came to mind was the movie ‘The Sound of Music’ specially the opening scene –

‘ The hills are alive with the sound of music

With songs they have sung for a thousand years

The hills fill my heart with the sound of music

My heart wants to sing every song it hears…’

This is a movie which has not aged at all. In the seventies we were in New Delhi. My father was posted there. He used to take us to some movies which he felt we would enjoy and should not miss. We enjoyed all the movies we saw with my parents and have not forgotten them. We saw the Sound of Music, My Fair lady and so many more. When Roman Holiday was shown in the theatre we went to see it. The other day I saw this movie in YouTube and it is as appealing now as it was then.

Our place is not very far from the Western Ghats. Some time ago we visited a cousin and had to cross the ghats in some places. We left home early and at sunrise we could see the ghats in the distance. Sunrise, sun rays, the road and the mountains in the distance was a beautiful moment. The mountains look solid and full of strength. In many places in our country we see forts built on top of a mountain. There is security there. How did people in those days transport building materials and huge stones and so much more to the top of the mountains? It is a wonder. But they did, and such strong forts.

In these days of so called material advancement we see JCBs breaking down mountains and filling valleys. There is fear in the heart about the future. What will it be like and what are we leaving behind for our children. We are seeing the beginning but will not know how it will end. Maybe every generation thinks the same about the past, the present and the future. Our planet and human beings have been together for ages and ages 🙂

‘In the mountain, stillness surges up to explore its own height. In the lake, movement stands still to contemplate its own depth.’   Rabindranath Tagore
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3 Replies to “The Daily Prompt : Mountain”

  1. A great post and a wonderful photograph of the fort. You are right to worry about the future. At one time things were achieved with muscle and sweat and that put a limit on what could be achieved. Nowadays, with huge lorries and bulldozers, chainsaws and explosives, a beautiful place can be destroyed for ever in a couple of hours. And all for the evil of money!

    1. My father-in-law says the same Sir. Everything can be destroyed in such a short time. We have a saying which means, The potter needs hours to make a pot which can be broken in a second. Thank you. That fort is in Jodhpur in the state of Rajasthan. Regards.

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