#SoCS May 29, 2021

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

We live in a small university town. My husband studied here and after post-graduation continued working in the Dental college of our University. He retired in 2017. We got married in 1982. Our village is in the next state and is about 115 kms from here. My husband lived his childhood there. My brother-in-law lives there. My father-in-law was 95 when he passed away last year. Apart from the few years when he was away for his studies, he lived all his life there.

We went regularly to be with him. About fifty years ago direct roads were made to connect our town to the next and from there to other towns and cities in the next state. They were highways. In the eighties we had to change buses four times to reach our destination. In those days there were no toll booths. I do not know why they were not there. But I remember Aravind telling me his friend could not believe there were no toll booths on the highways to collect toll.

About fifteen years ago the highway was improved and we saw the construction of toll booths in different places. Toll was collected at three places on our way to our village. We felt it was a little too much. Many people protested but nothing came of it. A few years ago, ‘FASTag’ was introduced. It is an electronic toll collection system. We do not have to pay in cash. We can pass through the toll booths faster but the amount we pay is the same.

We were going regularly to our village and last year everything changed. I don’t think any of us will forget 2020. This year in March we went there after so many months. It felt strange to be going on the familiar road. Everything looked the same but so much had changed. The toll booths were there but they would not have collected much as vehicles were not going about as they had been earlier. We have not gone that side since March. May is coming to an end and life goes on.

One morning, many years ago on our way to our village.

FASTag – 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.

8 comments

  1. Looks like it was a misty or foggy morning as well! Yes, life goes on, even though we may have to make adjustments and change some things. I hate the idea of toll roads. We have them too, of course, but what a racket!!

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  2. It does feel like venturing out and doing what we did pre-2020 is strange and familiar at the same time. I enjoyed reading the feelings you experienced. Your photo is intriguing. It’s nice you have it to compare to the current situation. Thanks for sharing.

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