#SoCS Nov. 30/19

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “shade.” Use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!

The first thought that came to mind when I read the prompt was, ‘nothing is black and white but different shades of grey’. I have read this so many times in so many contexts and in so many books. Life would be very boring if there were no shades of grey. Other than these shades of grey there are so many sides to people or to things. It all depends on what we look at.

I listen to the lectures on our epics and puranas and Vedas by Bannanje Govindacharya on YouTube. He is a Sanskrit scholar. I am listening to Vishnu Purana. It is said in it that nothing is good or bad, it depends on us, what we see in it and what we take from it. He gave the example of bitter gourd. Some may like and some may not. But the bitter gourd is the bitter gourd. It does not change its character because it is liked or not liked. The lectures are in my language, Kannada and it is difficult to express the thoughts in English😊. I remembered this lecture because it reminded me of those different shades of grey.

Green is my favourite colour. The trees and plants fill me with delight. There are so many different shades of green. It is fascinating. What would life be without greenery? It is difficult to imagine. Years ago I read a science fiction short story in which there are no trees on Earth. The way trees are being cut in the name of development makes me believe that we are going in that direction. It will be tragic if we reach the destination.
This reminds me of the story of the Giving Tree.

(The Giving Tree is an American children’s picture book written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein. First published in 1964 by Harper & Row, it has become one of Silverstein’s best-known titles, and has been translated into numerous languages.)


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. I did not go there in 2020. I started going in February but I have not been there for a month now because the number of Covid cases are increasing. There have been so many changes in our life, we will always remember the year 2020. 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.


  1. I also enjoy the various greens that the same tree can have over a season. Robert Frost even writes “Nature’s first green is gold,” since the earliest green leaves here are yellow first.

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