#SoCS July 9, 2022

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “make a note.” Do with it what you will. Have fun!

My paternal grandfather

My paternal grandfather introduced me to the dictionary. He awakened in me my love for books. He read aloud stories to us 😊. I read and understood the general meaning of sentences but many a time I could not understand the meaning of a word when taken by itself. He asked me to make a note of such words and look up their meanings in the dictionary. It became my constant companion. Now the internet is an integral part of our lives and online dictionaries have replaced hard copies. Aravind consults Lexico.com and tells his students to do the same.

My maternal grandparents with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

My maternal grandfather had notebooks in which he made note of the words he did not understand. He looked them up in his dictionary and wrote the meanings against each word. I think when we write down something we understand it better. I remember in college the library was my regular haunt. I read and made notes. These days many students xerox notes made by a classmate. I wonder when they read them. I feel when we read and write, something goes in 😊.  Now there are so many xerox shops in our place and they do good business.

My parents

My father passed away in 2016. He was 85. In his later years, he always kept a small note book and pen with him. He made notes of everything: the people he met and how they were related to him and what he had done that day. We wondered why he was doing that. Maybe he had an inkling that something was changing inside. He had dementia. In his last notebook, there were just scribbles. Earlier he had such a beautiful hand. There are so many changes as we grow older. We can do our best to remain mentally and physically healthy. But some things are not in our hands, call it fate or destiny.

Whenever I read a non-fiction book, I make a note of whatever interests me. I read about them on Google. Last month I was reading Lords of the Deccan. It was interesting to read a little more about the rulers and their achievements and about so many familiar places.  Now I am reading K T Achaya’s Indian Food: A historical companion, and making  note of all that is interesting. I am saving it in my inbox. I have made a separate folder for them. The author writes, A domestic operation of long standing is that of setting milk to curds, and of churning curds to butter. There are references to this in the Rigveda and The Indus Valley almost certainly knew dairy operations.

That made me smile because I love curds and cannot imagine a meal without it. In fact, in our social and religious functions the last item served in a lunch or dinner is curds or buttermilk.  

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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.

15 comments

  1. I assume that curds are like Greek yogurt? As long as I can add it to a smoothie with sweetener, I’m sure I’d love it! I need to make my own sometime, thank you for the recipe! Great stories and pics! ☺️

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  2. It’s very sad how we may well finish our lives in such sad circumstances. And nobody really knows whether they will be affected with dementia or not. It seems to be the luck of the draw.

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  3. I followed you grandfather’s practice for a number of years. You may be amused to know that the last book I did that with was Vikram Seth’s “A Suitable Boy” – there were just too many. I am currently reading Iris Murdoch’s “The Sea. The Sea”. I have all her novels except the last which was so badly reviewed that I gave it a miss. It then emerged that she had dementia.

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  4. I enjoyed reading about your family and the photos. I think family history becomes more important as we get older. And I, too, believe when we write down something we understand it better.

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