#SoCS 2021 Daily Prompt – Jan. 23rd

Your prompt for # Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “close eyes and point.” When you’re ready to write your post, open a book, a newspaper, or whatever is handy and close your eyes and point. Whatever word or picture your finger lands on, make that the basis of your SoCS post. Enjoy!

I am reading Indica by Pranay Lal. It is fascinating book about geological history of India. I opened page 196 and my eyes fell on the word ‘survivor’. The author tells us about the Indian purple frog. In the year 2000 this frog was found in the plantations of the Niligiris. It is not like any other frog found in India. It lives twelve feet below the earth and comes to the surface for only about two weeks in a year. A distant relative of this frog is found in Madagascar and Seychelles. Millions of years ago India and Madagascar were joined together and over ages they separated and are far from each other. But this frog has survived to tell a fascinating tale. The highest peak in the world, Mount Everest in the Himalayas, was once below the sea and the fossils of animals which had lived in water are found on the Himalayan peaks. The story of our planet goes back to millions of years and in the passing years animals and plants have lived for ages and then vanished from existence. During the mass extinctions, there have always been survivors and it is interesting that they were not the strongest or the largest!

Writing about earth brings to mind the expression, ‘salt of the earth’. I like this expression very much. It refers to people who are honest and down to earth, people who may not be considered ‘achievers’ by many but in fact they are the ones who make us believe that anything is possible in spite of all odds.

I remember Parvati who used to work in my aunt’s house, this was in the seventies and eighties in Bombay. Her husband had married again as she could not bear children. They lived in one of the slums of Bombay. Parvati worked in many houses and also looked after her husband and his family. She never complained about life. My aunt passed away in 1991 and I do not know what happened to Parvati.

Then there was the vegetable seller. She bought vegetables in the local market and carried them in her basket on her head. She walked for miles and miles and sold them by evening. Her husband had passed away and she had three children. She had many problems but not once did she sit and cry about it. It is more than a year since I have seen her. Maybe she has gone back to her home town.

There are so many women who bear the burden of earning and looking after their family because their husbands are busy drinking and spending all their earnings on alcohol. Many a time I wonder why so many men do this. Why do they become alcoholics? Vimala and Radhika work the whole day in many houses to keep their family together. They have accepted what has come their way. There are so many things against them but they do their best. They are the true survivors.

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.

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  1. How interesting. I looked up the purple frog. It is now endangered and said to be hunted for medicinal purposes and the tadpoles consumed. Quite an unusual looking frog.

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  2. “Salt of the Earth” has been described of me and my family. And you brought up distinction which got me thinking about endangered species. To think, there are several species of fish, animal, or bird that are near to not existing anymore. It’s a heavy thought to know we will never see them again. It’s sad and alarming.

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  3. Like you, I pay attention to this sort of people quietly going about their lives with determination under terrible circumstances. I appreciated getting introduced to several you have seen.

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  4. I think there are many reasons for alcoholism, but for me, most of the people with this problem have a deep seated unhappiness. They wanted a particular job, but have failed to get it. They wanted a family but can’t find a wife. And sometimes a family member dies, and they cannot ever see them again.

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