#SoCS Sept. 17, 2022

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “ring.” Use it as a noun or a verb. Bonus points if you use it as both. Have fun!

Today’s prompt made me think of the changes that are constantly taking place in our society and in the lives of people everywhere. Many decades ago, arranged marriages were the norm here. Two families met and decided the lives of the girl and the boy. At the engagement ceremony, the elders of both families met and decided when the wedding would take place. On many occasions the bride and bridegroom saw each other for the first time at the wedding venue! I cannot even imagine the situation 😊. Arranged marriages still take place but now the individuals involved have more freedom and the elders have to listen to them 😊. But I cannot say it is so everywhere. There are people still living in the early 20th century! Earlier, rings were not exchanged by the couple but now that is a very important part of the process. We once attended an engagement party where five hundred people had been invited. We were wondering how many would attend the wedding 😊.

Fortunately changes have taken place and this is important.

I remember my father telling me about the dam being built across the river Tungabhadra in his hometown, Hosapete. Two rivers, Tunga and Bhadra rise in the Western Ghats and join each other north of Shimoga to form the Tungabhadra. It then 
flows past Hosapete and Hampi and joins river Krishna. During the British rule it was decided that a dam should be built across the river. The foundation stone was laid  by the Governor of Madras Presidency, Sir Arthur Hope. Later Hope spoke to a select audience about the dam in a cinema theatre in Hosapete.  My grandfather translated his speech into Kannada. 

Dr Thirumalai Iyengar was in charge of the building of the dam.
More than 50,000 labourers were employed. The work started in 1949 and was completed in 1953. My father and his friends visited the dam site at least twice a month. They were interested in the construction of the huge structure and saw it coming up from the beginning. There were two canals, one helped to irrigate the surrounding lands and the other carried water to thousands of water tanks built by the great Vijayanagar emperors more than 500 years ago. 
My father said the dam helped to ring in a new way of life in Hosapete. It and the heritage site of Hampi brought millions of tourists from all over the world.

My father’s elder sister and family lived in the town and we visited them during vacations. We walked across the dam till the nineties and after that the general public was not allowed to do so. Each time it was a pleasure to visit those special places, Tungabhadra dam and Hampi.

 Tungabhadra Dam – Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tungabhadra_Dam

https://www.drishtiias.com/daily-updates/daily-news-analysis/tungabhadra-dam

Hampi – Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hampi

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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.

12 comments

    1. Ours was an arranged marriage ☺️ my cousin’s grandmother told me that I should agree to marry a person only if my heart tells me yes . We have been married for forty years and we have never regretted our decision 😍

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  1. Arranged marriages were part of life in England’s Middle, Ages but not really since. In England now, if I remember correctly, they are classified as child abuse and the perpetrators can be put on trial.

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    1. Here, many of the younger generation leave it to their parents to look for a marriage alliance. But the difference now is most of the youngsters have the final say. Many prefer not to marry and many do not want children. I am glad there is more freedom now.

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  2. Two interesting, different, uses of ring as a prompt. I am currently reading Samuel Richardson’s 18th Century novel in which the first section concerns her family trying to force her into a most unsatisfactory arranged marriage.

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  3. Very impressing dam in which your family was involved for the building .I understand this brought electricity for the area and attracts many tourists .
    In this posts there are two topics : wedding and dam . Could you tell me, Lakshmi, the relation between those two topics ?
    Love ❤
    Michel

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    1. This is a stream of consciousness challenge. According to it we have to use the prompt and write as thoughts come. When I wrote about weddings and later the changes happening, my thoughts went to what my father had said about the changes that took place due to the construction of the dam. I wrote as my thoughts went from one topic to another. My family was not involved in the construction of the dam. My father and his friends went to site to see all that was happening. Stream of consciousness writing is very interesting. It shows us how our mind moves from one topic to another. Thank you for your interest.

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