Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “hat.” Use it literally or metaphorically. Have fun!
Once upon a time I was interested in cricket. Those were the days before the television 😊. I listened to the commentary on the radio. We had a GEC radio. I remember when it stopped, we patted it on the sides and it would start again😊. With cricket commentary in the background, I somehow managed my school work too. The English and Hindi commentators were very good. There was so much emotion in their voices and their pitch went up and down, according to how the players played. I am sure they must have jumped from their seats when the Indian team hit boundaries, sixes, achieved hat-tricks and clean bowled the visitors. Their voices fell to a whisper when our teams were thrashed😊. Sadly, I lost interest when match fixing and other malpractices ruled the game. Now I do not even know who the players are!
Those were also the days when I enjoyed Georgette Heyers, Barbara Cartlands and other historical romances. A hat box was very important for ladies of those days. I had to imagine the different types of hats because here hardly anyone wears a hat. But a hat made from the roots of a plant called ‘Ramacha’ is used by many people here. These roots have a cooling property and those who wear such hats say they keep their heads cool under the hot sun. My Doddamma’s brother reminded me of ‘ muttaale’ made from the fronds of the areca tree. These hats are worn by farm workers working in the fields.
Last month on our way back from Bangalore we went to see two ancient temples of the Hoysala period in a place called Mosale. I wonder how the place got that name because in Kannada ‘mosale’ means crocodile 😊. Puja was being performed by the priest in Chennakeshava temple. When we came out, we heard the sound of bells in Nageshwara temple. We entered. A young priest was doing aarati and praying. He gave us the holy water and flowers. He saw our interest in the sculptures and asked us whether we wanted to know more about them. We said yes eagerly. He donned the hat of a guide and described in detail the different carvings and idols. He was passionate about it. Listening to him we knew he was not talking through his hat.
There were nine small domes in the ceiling and the carvings in each of them was different from the other. Beautiful statues of Lord Shiva and his family adorned the lintel of the sanctum. There was a carving of Makara. Makara is the emblem of Kamadeva. This creature is the synthesis of an elephant, a crocodile, a snake and a peacock. In 2016 two idols were stolen. God only knows where they are ☹. There is more security now. We did not take any photos as photography was not allowed inside. We were very happy that we could visit the place and were in time for the pujas.