#SoCS April 30, 2022

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “zip, zero, zilch.” Use one, use ’em all, bonus points if you use all three. Have fun!

Today morning I was sitting on the swing, in our verandah, drinking coffee. I heard birds chattering and saw sunbirds zipping from flower to flower. They are small and beautiful. One is shining black in colour with a shade of blue on its neck. The other is of a softer yellow colour.  We see a lot of Bulbuls. The come to eat chapati pieces but sun birds do not like them. A solitary pheasant crow walks about in the garden. During their nesting season Bulbuls build small and sturdy nests. A few years ago they had built one on the curtain rod in our verandah. It was a learning experience watching them look after their babies. Time passed and soon they flew away.

Zero reminds me of a small sculpture in the Lakshmi Narasimha temple in Javagal. A figure with hands uplifted is standing inside a carving that looks like zero. Praveen Mohan, a historian, pointed it out in one of his videos about ancient temples in India. According to him sculptors in those ages showed us so much about life in their times through their work. But through the ages there have been so  many changes that it is difficult for us to understand their significance.

Last October we talked to a sculptor in Chennakeshava temple in Belur. He was studying the carvings with concentration and a smile playing on his lips. There are hundreds of carvings in that temple. The Narasimha pillar in the mantapa is an exquisite work of art. If we try to find any carving less than perfect we would come up with zilch.

Ronovan’s prompt for Sijo inspired this poem.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #7. Use PERFECTION as your inspiration this week. | ronovanwrites

In the midst of lathe turned pillars stood one different pillar

Unknown sculptors of long ago sculpted with great patience

Small carvings from top to bottom, perfection personified.

Mandapa – Wikipedia


PraveenMohan – YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/phenomenalplacecom/videos

Sijo is a Korean form of poetry. In it there are three Lines14-16 syllables per line. A total of 44-46 syllables for the entire poem. The first line of the Sijo usually sets the theme. The second line elaborates on the first line.  The third line brings the poem matter to a close.

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. Due to the pandemic I could not go to the Home for the mentally challenged for two years. I had been going there since 2011. I have started going again. I was happy that some members remembered me :) All of them are an important part of my life. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made our lives richer.


  1. I, too, in my amateur historian status, struggle, sometimes, to understand the messages, fully, that to me, seem to be spoken to in various ways, over and over throughout human recorded/left behind for us to see, time. Some things? NOT a Zero – at all – something very important, to many, throughout time and space….what it actually spoke to/meant, in context of their moment in time/space? I still, feel as if ALWAYS, I’ll never, ever, fully grasp – but it still seems ‘important’ to try – 😀

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  2. I think that it’s a very valid point that our lives are so different from people of, say, 500 or 600 years ago, that we cannot always understand what they are saying. On the other hand, emotions such as love especially can’t be all that different.

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