#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


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. The circus has disappeared almost totally in Eng;land too. This is because the circuses were using amazing cruelty to train the animals. Secret films started to appear on the news programmes and everybody could see just how dreadfully the elephants, lions, tigers and so on were being treated.
    Then many towns began to refuse circuses with animal acts the permission to perform in the town. And that was the beginning of the end for circuses in England.


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