Friday, April 13, 2012
Lantain, a oil lamp
Can you imagine a situation where life comes to a standstill after night falls? Where you cannot cook, or sew, or read or do your homework after sundown. But that is the reality in the millions of villages across India where electricity has not reached.
Unless you fancy a garnish of insects on your food, dinner has to be had before it gets dark, and all you can really do after that is to sit around in the moonlight and talk or sing.
It is any wonder that a lantain is one of the most precious commodities in village homes?
There are words, and there are words. Some words can be easily translated, others need to be described. In April, I’ll attempt to capture the Soul of 26 'Indian' words in a drabble of exactly 100 words.