#SoCS Aug. 1/2020

 Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “more.” Start your post with the word “more.” Enjoy!

More than anything else I think people all over the world would want coronavirus to just vanish from the face of the earth😊. It would have happened in a movie or in a novel but it does not happen that way in real life. But even as I write this, I think truth is always stranger than fiction. I have read to this effect in so many books. And it is true. So many strange and terrible things happen in the lives of people that if we happen to read about it, we feel it cannot be true and it is all the imagination of the writer.

I am listening to The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain in Audibles. I was listening to the life of Tom who is the pauper and ‘more’ reminded me of Oliver Twist asking for more. Some scenes and some lines become so popular and remain in the minds of readers for a long, long time.

Books have always been a part of my life. In my younger days, I just could not stop reading a book once I had started it. Many a time I used to keep reading late into night. My grandfather used to stay with us for some months in a year. I remember one night, I was reading a very absorbing book, I kept telling myself, “one more page and I will stop”. That one more page became many, many more pages 😊. Then, suddenly I looked up to see my grandfather standing by the door and asking me if I did not want to go to school the next day. He listened to the 9 o’clock news and retired for the day. He had already had one stretch of sleep. I quickly closed my book and rushed to bed. But these days I read a book more slowly and it has been a long, long time since I have read late into night.

It was my grandfather who developed this  love for stories and for reading. I can still see him sitting in a cane chair with a book in his hand. We would be sitting near him, listening to him reading aloud to us from our Epics and many other stories. I specially remember the stories of Lord Krishna. Some people and some memories are always a part of our lives.

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.


  1. I’ve loved reading all my life and I never go to bed at night without reading a few pages. We also grew up with the books written by Mark Twain and Charles Dickens, and you are right – those memories stay right into old age.

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  2. I enjoyed this post vey much and could imagine your grandfather watching you with you suddenly realizing he was there. I like to read books slowly, too, these days. Sometimes, I don’t want them to end. I think in a novel about the coronavirus it would pass faster than what we are experiencing. A movie even faster. I hope some day, it will become just a memory.

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  3. I go to bed and read, but then fall asleep and wake up with the book on my chest, and no idea which page I have reached. I think my next step will be just to aim at, say, five or ten pages and then put the book down!

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