# SoCS Sept. 7/19

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Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “weigh/way/whey.” Use one, use ’em all, bonus points if you do that last thing. Enjoy!

Yesterday night I finished reading a fascinating book called SWAPNA SARASWATHA by Gopalakrishna Pai. It is translated from Kannada to English by Sumathi Shenoy, M R Rakshith and Savita Sastri. It is a historical fiction. The story is set between 1510 and 1760 and is about the migration of Brahmins of the Saraswatha community of Goa. Goa is in the West Coast of India.  The Portuguese landed there around 1510. They started persecuting the local people and forced them to convert. Otherwise they were killed.

The spiritual leader of the community told them that  they had to leave their homeland if they wanted to preserve their religion, traditions and customs. He showed them the way. The people had to weigh the pros and cons before deciding to leave their beloved homeland. Some stayed back others migrated to the south and  to the north. They left in a convoy with cattle too. The story is about their migration and about the descendants of the migrants. The first migrants faced a lot of hardship. Many a time they had nothing to eat and lived for days on conjee and whey.  But most of them survived.

This book is of special interest to me because four families settled in a place not far from where my husband’s family has lived for more than 150 years. We pass through those places when we go to our village. It was fascinating to read about those times.
More than 250 years have passed. There are so many changes but so many things are the same. Specially human emotions, actions and reactions.

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