#SoCS Dec. 5/2020

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “list.” Make or talk about a list. Enjoy!

We buy our grocery in the Cooperative society of our town. We get a bill with the list of items that we have purchased and the total cost on one side. The other side is blank and I use these bills to write my list of grocery items that I need to buy. 😊 But we do not make a list when we go to buy vegetables, we buy what is fresh. Actually my husband likes buying vegetables and I leave it to him😊.

 I remember my parents going to buy groceries and vegetables. My mother made a list before leaving home. My father went to the grocery shop and my mother to the ‘weekly market’ to buy vegetables. She was convinced that vegetable seller gave old stock to my father. It had happened. We have weekly markets where sellers from different places gather to sell their produce. Many other things are sold too. If we go early in the morning everything is fresh but there is a lot of crowd. I remember one lady who went from home to home selling vegetables. She carried them on her head, in a basket. She bought them in the market walked for miles in different areas. She has not come for a long time. Due to the pandemic many have gone back to their home towns.

Writing about vegetables I remember my father-in-law. He was an agriculturist. In 2016, he was with us for three weeks. He had some minor operation. I asked him if we would narrate his memories, he was happy to do so. Every afternoon, he remembered the past and I wrote down his memories. The family had an areca plantation for generations, paddy was also cultivated. Vegetables were grown in the fields after paddy was harvested till the next sowing season. Bitter gourds, snake gourds, cucumbers, bottle gourds and other leafy vegetables were grown home consumption. Sugarcane was also grown to make jaggery. He said people in the villages were mostly self sufficient and very few things were bought from the shops. Barter system was prevalent. In fact, people who came to work in the fields were given paddy and coconuts as payment. Life was so different then.

People grow vegetables now too. But our attempts have not been very successful ☹. One of our neighbours grows some vegetables and they share with us. Fortunately, we have a jackfruit tree and we share jackfruits with our neighbours.

Coming back to lists, I have read that many people make a list of books that they want to read. The list is called TBR list and when I first came across it, I was wondering what it was 😊. But that is something I have never done. I read books as I get them.

But there is list of places I would love to see but that is kept on hold for the time being. Take care and stay safe.

Paddy fields in our village. This photo was taken by my father-in-law’s younger brother in 1950s.

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. Due to the pandemic I could not go to the Home for the mentally challenged for two years. I had been going there since 2011. I have started going again. I was happy that some members remembered me :) All of them are an important part of my life. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made our lives richer.

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