#SoCS April 10, 2021

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “difference.” Whatever the word “difference” conjures first in your mind, write about it. Enjoy!

I have just completed the English translation of a Kannada Book called The House of Kanooru by one of the great writers in Kannada, K V Puttappa. He was popularly known as Kuvempu. I loved the book and could relate so well to all that was happening in the lives of the characters in the book because the story is set not far from our place. However well a book is translated, there is always a difference between the original and its translation. We may not be able to sense the difference if we do not know the original language. Maybe the language gives a special feel to the story.

But I am really thankful for the translations because they open a window to another world. It is not really possible to learn so many different languages.  I am listening to Don Quixote in English, it was written in Spanish. Earlier I had listened to War and Peace which was written in Russian and French. Most of the translations are so good that we do not even feel that they have been translated.

Some years ago I had taken part in Poetry writing course in WordPress. We were given prompts and we had to write a poem.  The prompt had been about the basic unit of time, seconds. I wrote these lines. I enjoyed the course very much.

In the long journey of Life

Aeons long

Seconds seem to be nothing

Just like grains of sand.

But in truth

Seconds made all the difference

A second earlier or a second later

There would not have been Life here.

That small second

Made all the difference.

And changed the Destiny of Earth.

In our own life too

The hours or years are long

And seconds too small.

But a second earlier or later

Changes Life forever.

And it is only later

We understand how very important

Was that tiny second.

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.

3 comments

  1. I think the most challenging is the difference between an original poem and its translation. I tend to think of the translation as an interpretation and appreciate it when it is done by a poet skilled in her own native language too.

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