#SoCS May 13, 2023

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “starts with over.” Find a word that starts with “over” and use it for your prompt. Enjoy!

Overt display of emotions in public is not very common in my part of the country. People are reserved. I had not really observed this till an acquaintance brought it to my notice many years ago. She lived in North India after her marriage. She and her husband returned to her hometown when he retired from service. Whenever I met her, she always said people in the city where she had lived were very friendly and helpful. And here people were not so. In fact, she always lived in the past. She found it very difficult to adjust to her present life. Each stage in life is different. I found her attitude towards life surprising.  

I think it was only in the 1990s that the divide between North and South India started fading. We were in New Delhi in the seventies. I remember the wedding processions starting from the bridegroom’s house. There would be a lot of music. The bridegroom rode a horse and people in the procession danced with enthusiasm. The music would be overwhelming. I remember my heart hammering due to the loudness but friends and relatives in the procession enjoyed the occasion. I have not seen that in my South Indian town. But there are changes 😊. The younger generation among our near relatives enjoy dancing at weddings and related functions.

 A few months ago, the Kannada movie Kantara was a hit all over the country. But in the seventies, it was different. Movies which were a hit in Karnataka flopped miserably when shown with sub-titles in the north. People could not relate to the customs and traditions that were followed elsewhere in the country.

With the information technology boom in the late nineties people from North India have been migrating to South Indian states such as Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka Tamilnadu and Kerala. Many have settled down in these places permanently.  The television and the internet have changed the thinking of people. In a way they have brought the people of the country together to some extent.

As I am writing this, my husband and son are watching cricket on the television. There is no cricket season now. Test matches, IPL, One-day matches and so on are being played throughout the year. Certainly, an overdose of the game 😊.


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. I watched Kantara. I think the song made the movie to a big hit. My husband feels IPL is better than 5 day cricket and it is less time consuming 😀. But as there are one too many matches.

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    1. I heard that movies from different states when shown elsewhere have subtitles. There are so many languages in India . Where I live three languages are spoken. Kannada ,Tulu and Konkani. 😊 Without subtitles people would not understand the dialogues. Hindi and English are spoken all over the country but there are places where people do not understand them.

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      1. I may have told you that, in the ’60s I played cricket against the State Bank of India whose players all spoke to each other in English because it was the only language they all understood.

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  2. You are, of course, talking of limited OVER matches! There is no doubt that the world is getting smaller due to the internet, TV, and social media and we are now far more aware of all the different cultures in our wonderful world.

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    1. North India was always open to invaders through the ages. But they did not come to the south till the 12th century. The Vindhya ranges acted as barrier. That made a lot of difference in the lives of the people.

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  3. Yes the contrast of north and south in the mind of people still persists but with lesser intensity as I see many people settle in south for their jobs and visa versa. However, I personally appreciate this contrast and for a while pause and think how diverse is our country India with its rich language and culture

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