# 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.

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 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. The Covid has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. 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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  1. Now, somewhere in the dark rumbling of my mind I have a thought that St Thomas The Doubter left Jerusalem after the crucifiction and established a church in Goa. Do I have enough truth to sleep soundly tonight?

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    1. I did not know and I was reading about him. It is said that he came to the Eastern coast of India. There is nothing about him coming to Goa which is in the West Coast. St Francis Xavier came to Goa when the Portuguese were there.

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