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#SoCS Nov. 14/2020

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “ring.” Use it as a noun, a verb, an adverb, or an adjective…use it any way you’d like. Have fun.

Where have the circuses gone? They were the fun part of childhood. I remember we sat not far from the ring and watched with awe the acrobats swinging far above or walking on tight ropes. The jugglers and all the animals were an integral part of the circus life. The clowns made us laugh and I remember ‘Mera Naam Joker’ , a movie all about circus life by Raj Kapoor. The film did not do well at the Box office but I liked it very much. The songs are evergreen.  Enid Blyton was a part of childhood, I enjoyed all her books and my children did too. Now our grandson is enjoying The famous Five stories, but in German 😊. The Circus of Adventure was nice.

My father-in-law loved going to the circus, he went with children and grandchildren whenever he got the opportunity. He enjoyed all that happened in the circus ring. I still remember the smile on his face when he said that he had gone to the circus. But it seems as if the circus has become history.

And I also remember the rubber ring with which we played and enjoyed the evenings . It was a hard ring and we played it like people play frisbee. I don’t know whether people still play this game or has it too become a part of history ? I just checked in Google and the game is called tennikoit, I did not know that 😊, we just called it the ring game.

Wells are an important part of life here. Most houses have their own wells. They have concrete rings to keep the sides of the well from collapsing. But earlier instead of concrete rings laterite stones were used. My husband tells me that planks of the gooseberry tree were kept at the base of the well. These planks were believed to be water resistant. But they are not used now. Borewells are taking the place of wells these days. Many believe that the groundwater is being sucked dry by the borewells. In our village, water rarely dried in wells. But with the coming of borewells, there is no water by March and people have to wait for the rains.

Lastly, engagement rings come to mind. When we got engaged in 1982, we did not exchange rings, in fact, in those days only the elders of the family took part in the engagement function.  But now the engagement function is like a small wedding function and exchanging rings is a very important part of it. But this year the Covid has changed so many things, there are smaller gatherings at social and religious functions.

Changes keep happening in life. It is fascinating how one word can be used in so many different ways and with different meanings.

Tennikoit – Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tennikoit