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