#SoCS March 28/2020


Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “beside you.” Write about whatever is beside you when you read this prompt. Not when you sit down to write, but whatever is beside you right now. Take note of it if you think you might forget. Enjoy!

I am holding my mobile in my hand to check today’s prompt. I looked around to see what was beside me. I had been reading a delightful book called AMMA by Perumal Murugan. It has been translated from Tamil to English. This book is a collection of essays about the author’s mother. Every word expresses his love for his mother. They tell us what an extraordinary woman she had been. Her husband worked but was a drunkard. She had to shoulder the responsibilities of her family and she did it with courage in spite of all the difficulties she faced in life.

The essays that I have read till now made me smile and reminded me of school vacations spent in our maternal grandparents’ home in a small town. They reminded me of my father-in-law. In 2016, due to an operation he was with us for three weeks. I asked him whether he would share his memories with me. He was happy to do so. Every afternoon he remembered and I wrote them down. I had shared them with my relatives and friends then, with photographs. My father-in-law’s younger brother was an avid photographer. There are many albums in his house in Chennai. He passed away in 1980 but we used to go to his home to spend a few days with his wife and family. On such visit, I took photographs of all those black and white photographs.  This book reminded me of those days, my father-in-law’s memories and all those black and white photos. Those days were so different.

Now our world has turned upside down. When will it end? But one thing is for sure, life will never be the same again.




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.


  1. What a beautiful opportunity you both had – for you to hear all of his stories and for him to share them with someone who was so interested in them.

    There is something about stories from that far back whether told orally or written that feel so comforting – especially in times like this. Sage, also, is reading books from times long gone by and finding it a lovely refuge from today’s worries.

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      1. We are also so lucky. What a time to be born – had we all been born 20-30 years earlier these connections would be unimaginable.


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