#SoCS Aug. 13, 2022

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is starts with “u.” Find a word that starts with the letter “u” and use it however you’d like. Bonus points if it’s the first word in your post. Enjoy!

Umbrellas are a part of our lives during the monsoon months and in summer. The temperature starts rising from March and the days are very hot. Many of us need the shade given by the umbrella. Ladies prefer the folding ones which can be kept in their bags. Some men wear caps or hats. Postmen always wear one😊.

Rain bearing winds from the south west hit our coast in the first week of June and the rainy season lasts till end of September. We see different types of umbrellas. There are big ones with wooden handles and small ones which can be folded. Children like colourful ones. Flower and fruit sellers have large umbrellas to protect their wares. Special umbrellas are held over the idols when they are taken in a procession around the temple.

When there are gusty winds and torrential rains the umbrella protects only the head😊. Folding ones are in danger of turning backwards with the wind. And by the time it is corrected we are fully drenched😊. Those who commute on two wheelers prefer a raincoat.

Now we are having sunny days with sudden rain. One afternoon we thought it would not rain and did not take the umbrella. But it did.  We walked in the rain three times, of course with our umbrellas. It is a nice experience and a pleasure to see rain drops touching the road. I feel a little lazy to start out if it raining.

When people go out to restaurants or libraries they forget to collect their umbrellas while leaving. Once I left mine in Asare and rushed back from the gate to collect it. If people  are absent minded in a bus, the umbrella gets a new owner 😊.

Writing about umbrellas I remember this incident that happened to my father’s elder sister in Bombay. She was professor of Political Science. One afternoon she was walking back from the railway station to her home. She was holding her umbrella to protect herself from the scorching sun and saw a young man walking towards her. Before she could understand what was happening, he snatched at gold chain she was wearing. She kept her cool and thrust the open umbrella to his face. He yelled and fled the scene. The umbrella must have hurt him. 

It is good to know that we can protect ourselves in times of need. Long back, my mother, a cousin, both young and attractive went with others to a planetarium. The programme started. It was very dark and suddenly my mother felt a hand trying to touch her. She was scared and told my cousin about it. My cousin took a pin and pierced the hand with all her strength, it retreated at once 😊.

Recently it was nice to read about Karthik and his mother who are training girls in self-defence. It is good to be mentally and physically prepared.

What is Southwest Monsoon? | Skymet Weather Services


Karthik Kateel’s ‘Swaraksha for Women’ completes 6 Years of Training 1.6 Lakh Women in Self Defence – Mangalorean.com

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. Interesting post! I had not thought about so many different kinds of umbrellas. Here in the US, most vendors put up tents to protect their vegetables, etc. It sounds like an umbrella is good to have for many reasons!

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  2. An excellent and very full account of the use of umbrellas around where you live. I particularly enjoyed the idea of a special umbrella which is used when an idol is taken round in a procession.
    I fully support what you have written about training girls in self-defence. They all need to be mentally and physically prepared and such vile men must constantly be reminded that they cannot get away with such wickedness.

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  3. What a good idea to dissert about ombrella, Lakshmi. Personally I dont use umbrella but I always am in a hat ( to protect my head from the rain, from the cold and from the heat!! 🙂 . It the past it was elegant to use an umbrella . Howevze at this moment people especiallly women use it to protect from the burning sun .

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  4. A lovely and nostalgic article/post to read about India, my home. I cam here on the recommendation of Michel Fauquet, who has been a friend for many decades. I think I will write something about umbrellas and rain of India.

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