#SoCS July 11/2020

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “song.” First, find a picture–the closest one to you. Your prompt is the title and/or the lyrics of the first song that comes to mind when you look at the picture. Have fun!

Our monsoon season started in the first week of June and we have been getting good rains. When the rains start all the leaves in the garden look so green and fresh. During the summer they look a sorry sight, looking more brown than green due to the dust that settles on them.  Our garden has many hibiscus, jasmine and rose plants. The rose plants are what we call ‘country roses’. They are hardy plants and do not require the care the hybrid roses need.

After rainfall I love to look at all the flowers, rain drops on them look beautiful. The flowers themselves are so delicate and rain drops on them look more delicate. When I read today’s prompt I remembered the song, Raindrops on Roses from one of my favourite movies, Sound of Music. I love all the songs in the movie and it would be difficult to choose any one song as the best. We were in Delhi in the seventies. My father worked in the Indian Railways. He would take us to see movies which he felt we should not miss like Roman Holiday, My Fair Lady, Good Bye Mr Chips and many more. All of them were so good.

We left Delhi in 1979 and I went back only twice. We were there for a day in 2018 and we went to see the railway quarters in Connaught Place where we had lived and the nearby theatres where we had enjoyed all those movies. But New Delhi was not what it had been in the seventies. There was so much pollution. The park in Connaught place seemed like a dead place. We could not see the sun through the polluted sky. It was really tragic. I felt it was better not to go back to places that we once loved. There are so many changes and we too are not the same persons.

But fortunately, some things remain the same. They touch our hearts at all times.


Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favourite things

Cream-colored ponies and crisp apple strudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favourite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favourite things

When the dog bites, when the bee stings
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favourite things
And then I don’t feel so bad

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favourite things

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.

9 comments

  1. Lovely post. I have often been disappointed when revisiting places from my past. I find it better to hold onto the sacred memories. The Rose is beautiful.

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  2. Raindrops on Roses is one of my favs from Sound of Music, up there with Climb Every Mountain. That movie was one of my mama’s favorites (& mine too) – I watched it again a few weeks ago, always a cheer-up movie! 💦🌹🎶🌹💦

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  3. “The Sound of Music” is a wonderful musical, and, arguably, has more top songs than any other musical, although I have always had quite a soft spot for “My Fair Lady”.

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