Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “new/old.” Use either or both of the words “new and old” any way you’d like. Bonus points for starting and ending with either one. Have fun!
Books are an important and nice part of my life. I do not remember when I have not read books. Earlier I read one book at a time but now I have at least three books at hand😊. Recently, I read a fascinating book called The Difficulty of Being Good by Gurcharan Das. He has written about the different characters in Mahabharata. We realize how similar life is now to life in those days. He has brought the old and the new under one umbrella. There are many changes but human nature has not changed. History repeats itself and I wonder if we ever really learn?
Yet people look back at the old life with nostalgia and say with a sigh that the new is not what the old had been 😊. We look back through rose coloured spectacles. I have just finished reading One Part Woman by Perumal Murugan. It is a heart warming story that took place about hundred years ago in a small village. The hero and the heroine are married for twelve years and have no children. The story is all that they do to have children and all that they have to hear because they have no children. The same happens now too, in the 21st century! In those days very few women had the freedom to do what they wanted to. There was an old story, I forget the name, which is about women and how they are confined within four walls and their lives controlled by the men in their lives. Fortunately, that has changed a lot in these days and just when we start feeling happy for these changes, we read about girls being gang-raped and killed. Has anything changed at all? Actually, this not something new, women have always been raped, specially during invasions in the past. It is as if this is the right of the victors. Wars happen now to. The tragedy of life.
I started writing about books and I was very sure I would not write about viruses, especially corona virus. It is ruling our lives in many ways. But the thought came to mind that viruses are as old as life on this planet but at different times new ones evolve to make life difficult for human beings and for other animals too. These new types of viruses show us that this planet does not belong only to human beings and we are not its rulers. Living and non-living, we all have to live together and nurture this planet of ours.