#SoCS July 24, 2021

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “color/colour.” Use it as a noun, a verb, or pick a color and write about it–use it any way you like. Have fun!

Today I remembered my stay in Germany in 2017. I was with my daughter and family from first week of November to the third week of January 2018. Our granddaughter was born on November 10th. It grew dark by five in the evening. So, every afternoon I went for a walk. I explored the whole town. I made it a point to walk on one side of the road for half an hour and returned the same way. This was to avoid getting lost. I enjoyed those walks. It was so cold and a new experience. One thing which struck me was that I never saw people wearing colourful clothes. They wore blue or black jeans and jackets of the same colour. In my place we see a lot of colours around us. Maybe people in Germany wear colourful clothes in spring and summer.

Spring reminds me of Holi, the festival of colours in March every year. It is celebrated all over the country. We were in New Delhi in the seventies. We lived on the Railway campus. People wore white clothes for the festival. All of us had powders of different colours and applied them on each other saying ‘Happy Holi’. We threw water filled balloons on others. We would get drenched. The white clothes became coloured clothes. 😊. In our university town it was fun to see students going about looking very colourful. They really enjoyed Holi and reminded me of those long ago days. Last year life changed. There were no students. They were not there this March too.

On a different note, the colour of the skin plays an important role in the life of a person. Unfortunately, in our country people with fair skin are considered beautiful. There is a face cream called ‘Fair and Lovely’ to encourage such ideas. It has such an adverse effect on people. I used to be really irritated with the name and often wished someone would sue the company. Some time ago I read that the company has changed the name from ‘Fair and Lovely’ to ‘Glow and Lovely’! I do not know if that will change anything.  It leaves a bad taste in the mouth. I would like to end with colourful flowers.

Outside our window

A Champaka tree

Hundreds of flowers blooming

A new day begins.

A Champaka tree

Fruits in each branch

A new day begins.

As birds feast on them.

Beautiful yellow flowers

Their fragrance fills the air.

At once subtle and heady

Making the days special.

Their fragrance fills the air

Flowers are precious gifts

Making the days special

Outside our window.

(The pantoum is a poem of any length, composed of four-line stanzas in which the second and fourth lines of each stanza serve as the first and third lines of the next stanza. The last line of a pantoum is often the same as the first.)

Holi – Wikipedia

https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/fair-and-lovely-rebranding-hindustan-lever-racism-protests-6476480/

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. You are right about skin colour. It is ridiculous to be unhappy about the colour of your skin. There is good and bad in everybody and it is not dependent on skin colour, as the Dalai Lama and Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin have shown us.
    The French have a phrase “bien dans sa peau” which means “happy in your skin, at ease with yourself”. And that is what we should all strive towards.

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  2. You are right about a change of attitude for people of skin color. I saw the same choice of color for clothes in Australia & US also. The standard colors for clothes are white, black, grey and blue only.

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  3. I had to blow the picture up to see the flowers. I wish I could smell them. We don’t have anything around my house that provides fragrance with the blooms. My neighbors have magnolia trees, now those smell wonderful 😄

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