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Introduced in February 2013 – an invitation, a prompt, a linky. Write exactly a 100 words on the prompt and publish it on your blog – a story, a poem, a mini-essay. The linky will be open right up to next Friday, after which I will have a new prompt and a fresh linky.

100 Words On Saturday 4 Prompt : LASTING MEMORY/IES

The memories I value most, I don’t ever see them fading.” ~ Kazuo Ishiguro

Lasting memories
Of thousands of faithful
Thronging the banks of the holy river.
Jostling each other to reach the water
On this the most auspicious night
In that pouring rain
For that one dip
Leaving behind their footwear
Their belongings, their dignity
And some of them their lives.
For that one dip in the
Confluence of three rivers
Ensured safe passage to the paralok.
Lasting memories
Of faith
Simple faith
Triumphing over reason
Demonstrating Mankind’s longing
To connect with a higher power
To find eternal happiness
To know lasting peace.
Lasting memories
Helping me keep my faith in mankind.

(This is based on my memories of sitting at a vantage point near the banks of the Ganges at age 12, watching thousands of Hindu pilgrims during the Kumbh Mela at Allahabad, India.  Meaning of paralok – the hereafter).

What lasting memories do you have?

 

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  • AP PHOTOS: A look at India’s Kumbh Mela festival (foxnews.com)
  • AP PHOTOS: A look at India’s Kumbh Mela festival (sacbee.com)
  • In pictures: Kumbh Mela people (bbc.co.uk)

34 Comments

  1. Suzy Suzy March 9, 2013

    Lovely words but unfortunately the pic doesn’t load 🙁 Wow just being at the Kumbh Mela is being close to the Divine. Someday I want to visit Allahbad too and the holy sites – Haridwar, Kashi – go on a Shiv Yatra and a Ram Yatra – one of my dreams! I missed this link up – a lot on my mind lately – but maybe I’ll do it anyway.
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  2. Privy Trifles Privy Trifles March 8, 2013

    You know when I hear / read about the Ganges the first thing that comes to my mind is an accident which happened when I was 12 – I had almost drowned in it, near Rhishikesh had it not been for a young boy who was swimming nearby. It could have been a serious mishap other wise 😛

    I loved your post, and like all others Kumbh Mela is something I am also very fascinated about. But somehow I cannot stand crowded places for many reasons.. so I am still thinking if I would ever be able to go there.
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  3. Melissa Tandoc Melissa Tandoc March 7, 2013

    I’ve only seen the Ganges on tv ~ have you had such thoughts while watching them there at 12? Was it the same impression now? LOL… just very curious…

    I have lots of lasting memories, many of which I have experienced in my twenties when I left home 😉 I might be able to share them but in more than a hundred words lol ~ lots of love BS!
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues March 8, 2013

      It was a truly awe-inspiring experience, Melissa. Roughly a hundred thousand people thronging to the waters in the pouring rain, through the night, to take a holy dip.
      I know that you’ve lived a most interesting life – looking forward to reading your memoirs some day!
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  4. Diana Pinto Diana Pinto March 5, 2013

    Strong expressions reflecting spirituality and faith !

  5. C. Suresh C. Suresh March 5, 2013

    That was a wonderful expression of faith – and, yes, I envy you too for having been there at the time of the Kumbh Mela.

    Thank God you decided to make an appearance on Indiblogger, too!
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues March 5, 2013

      Thanks, Suresh. Don’t envy me – you can go too. 🙂
      I actually posted on Indiblogger based on what you said in your last comment! 😉
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  6. Sandra Pawula Sandra Pawula March 4, 2013

    Those are very powerful words along with a powerful picture. I’ve never experienced anything like that! I’ll have to let this prompt germinate for a bit.
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues March 5, 2013

      Thanks so much, Sandra. Truly the faith of simple people moved me deeply even as a child. I guess in the end our faith – no matter what name we call God – is what helps us keep everything together.
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  7. Naina Naina March 4, 2013

    Corinne, I cannot thank you enough! Finally my writer’s block ends with this prompt. Nothing worked all these months. But this post did! I am so happy to let it all out. Thank you!! 🙂
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues March 5, 2013

      I’m so glad this helped, Naina. Now you can come by and do a regular 100 words on Saturday, huh? Just kidding. I enjoyed reading about your trip to Jaipur.
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  8. Jas Jas March 3, 2013

    I wish to visit Kumbh in my lifetime… It must have been a very enriching experience. Beautiful words.
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  9. Harleena Singh Harleena Singh March 3, 2013

    Ah…the Kumbh Mela 🙂

    I’ve never been to one but have heard my Dad talk a lot about it. Perhaps for the past two times he’s been there – called as a guest of honor. And this time he said that the arrangements made were better than before. I guess they have special places allotted for the VIPs. Nevertheless, I think it all comes down to faith more than anything for those who believe. 🙂
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues March 5, 2013

      We went when Dad was posted in Allahabad, Harleena and was incharge of the arrangements. You’re right about the special places for VIPs. Unfortunately, the real pilgrims really have to struggle to get to the water, etc. It’s sad that this time there was a tragedy too 🙁
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  10. Ruchira Ruchira March 3, 2013

    Beautiful poem, Corrinne.

    I have never been to a kumbh mela. This was a beautiful experience!

    I will write 100 words about what my memories. post the link above!
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  11. Ruchira Ruchira March 2, 2013

    I badly wanted to visit the Kumbh Mela this time – more so from a photographer/blogger’s angle rather than religious 🙂 But couldn’t go !
    My everlasting memories are of the time I spent with my paternal grandparents …. precious memories those.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues March 5, 2013

      It would have been quite an experience for sure, Ruchira. The color and the personalities are fascinating. Thank you for sharing your special memories with your grandparents – would love to hear more someday.
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  12. Jessica Jessica March 2, 2013

    What a beautiful memory that must be! India is such a spiritually rich place, I’d love to visit the Ganges someday! I have many lasting memories…Some of which are when my children were born, our walks in the woods together, a cross country trip I took with my husband when we were dating…I have other less pleasant ones but I’d rather recall the lasting ones that are positive. 🙂
    Great post!
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues March 5, 2013

      Thank you, Jessica. Hopefully someday you will visit – sooner rather than later. I loved the memories you shared – beautiful.
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  13. janu janu March 2, 2013

    Never been to a Kumbh Mela before. Don’t know about the future. Nice memories.

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