Loss (Sunday Photo fiction)

The two friends met at the hospital entrance. The look on Asha’s face saddened Deepa. Asha had been finding it difficult to see things. A check-up revealed that the nerves of her eyes were becoming weaker. Soon she would be blind. That had terrified her. She had taken to wearing dark glasses, hoping that people would not notice her disability. Deepa understood her friend’s feelings but wished she did not worry about what people thought.

Deepa had always seen the blind wearing dark glasses but had never understood why they wore them. What was their purpose? Who had decreed that the blind should cover their eyes? Was it because ‘normal’ people felt uncomfortable looking at eyes that could not see? Or did people who were blind feel more secure while wearing dark glasses? She could never find answers to these questions.

She had tried to convince Asha against wearing those glasses. But Asha stopped her by saying that it was easy to say such things. Only those who experience the pain of losing their sight knew what it really meant. Deepa was left speechless.

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Photo credit:  Colby Renee

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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