The Daily Post Photo Challenge : Wish

Shinto is the dominant religion in Japan, though it is more of a way of life than a way to worship.Visitors to Shinto shrines can purchase small wooden plaques called ema, upon which they can share their hopes and dreams. Then, they hang them amongst other ema from people who have come before them, in the hopes that spirits will grant their wish This week, show us a wish.

“World without hatred

And violence of all kinds

A wish we all wish.

Quiet and a serene life

A wish that is but a dream.”


The serene waters of the lake in our place makes me wish that life everywhere could be as serene. A dream, no doubt, but we can always wish.

The Daily Post Photo Challenge : Wish



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. Due to the pandemic I could not go to the Home for the mentally challenged for two years. I had been going there since 2011. I have started going again. I was happy that some members remembered me :) All of them are an important part of my life. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made our lives richer.


  1. Thank you so much for your comment on my post. It was interesting to find someone in India using a fountain pen. When I first read this post I thought, despite your name, you were from Japan. I find the news of children being hurt and abused, not only in war zones but in families too and as a result of natural disasters, and the news seems now to be full of such occurences.
    My medical consultant here is Indian, also from southern India. At my last appointment her told me he had visited hi parents in Madras for three weeks during the summer holiday. Your country seems to produce so many excellent doctors.
    By the way, the links to photos of ‘you’ lake do not seem to work for me.

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  2. Love this ema practice. That is new to me. Glad you wrote about it There is a quote by Michelangelo that goes something like this “The real danger in life is not aiming too high and failing to reach your goal, but rather aiming too low and reaching it. “

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  3. Laksmi, in truly liked v your profile and your post you say about one candle that dispels darkness. I say as one lamp lights another nor grows less, so nobleness enkindleth nobleness. Can you imagine this peace in all the light that transforms the darkness of the world.
    Thank you for posting a thought provoking blog. Pleasure to meet you.

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