#SoCS Feb. 6, 2021

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “flag.” Use it any way you’d like. Have fun!

On our way back from End point, we pass through our university campus. Our town is on a hill and Endpoint is one end of the hill. From there we can see river Swarna flowing towards the Arabian sea. At least twice a week we go for a walk to Endpoint.  In front of the University Administration building, we see our national flag flying high. The sight fills my heart and I am glad to be where I am, in my country.  I belong to it and it belongs to me. And I remember my father-in-law.  He believed if a person has ten plus points and four minus ones, we should ignore the minuses. In spite of so many minuses I am proud to be an Indian. 

And this reminds me of Frodo and Sam in Lord of the Rings. I do not know how many times I have read it after reading it to my son in 1994. I have read books to him ever since he could understand them. He was in 4th std when I read to him the book, every day after school. It took us 40 days to complete it. Today I finished listening to the audio book, narrated by Robert Inglis. He has brought the story alive. I remembered the book because at the end when the four Hobbits are near their home after being away for more than a year, they realize that they care more about their country than any other place in the world.

Seeing the saffron, white and green of our flag I remember those days in the seventies.  We lived in New Delhi. My father worked in the Indian Railways. He got family passes to watch the Republic Day parade along Rajpath on 26th January. We got up early to reach the venue on time. Our president unfurled our national flag and we all stood up as our national anthem was played. The march-past by the army, navy, air-force and others was awe inspiring.  The tableaus by the different states were fascinating.  We craned our necks to see what was coming up next. All too soon the parade was over and it was time to return to the routine of our daily lives. We left New Delhi in 1979 and for some years we watched the parade on television but the magic was not there.  For a long time, we have not watched the whole parade though there is a direct telecast.

But we do watch the Republic Day march past by the different colleges of our University. Members of Asare, Home for the mentally challenged take part too. I go to cheer them as I have been going to Asare for many years. But I have not been there since last March. One year I was invited there to unfurl our national flag on Independence day. It was a great honour. 

Delhi Republic Day parade – Wikipediahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delhi_Republic_Day_parade

Rajpath – Wikipedia

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

Rob Inglis – Wikipediahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Inglis

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 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. I did not go there in 2020. I started going in February but I have not been there for a month now because the number of Covid cases are increasing. There have been so many changes in our life, we will always remember the year 2020. 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.

5 comments

  1. I appreciate this example of natural, healthy nationalism and the mention of The Lord of the Rings with Frodo and Sam remembering their homeland with love and longing. So many lessons of courage…..

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