HIDDEN STRENGTH

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"Where shall we go for our vacation this year?"
"Singapore & Malaysia - Sentosa Island, Petronas Towers, Batu Caves, 
cable car ride to Genting Highlands..." 
"Let's do Disney World, USA. 
Better still, let's visit the Middle Kingdom in New Zealand!"
"Mom has that look on her face!"
"Cappadocia in Turkey".
"So weird!"
"Cappadocia is famous for underground cities in natural volcanic formations. 
Early Christians formed them to hide from their Roman invaders. 
It's a beautiful historical place."
"What else?"
"Song from Rajini movie Chandramukhi was shot there!"
"Then let's go there!" (Clamorous clapping)
"That explains your secret smile!"
"I know my kids!"

*This week’s photo prompt reminded me of three things:

1. Proverbs 30: 24-28

24“Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise: 25 Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer; 26 Hyraxes are creatures of little power, yet they make their home in the crags; 27 locusts have no king, yet they advance together in ranks; 28 a lizard can be caught with the hand, yet it is found in kings’ palaces.

2.  Cappadocia 

Here the Romans tortured the first Christians. Religious cave paintings display evidence of early Christianity. These caves were also used as hiding places. This is the most unique natural environment in Turkey with its magical, fairy like landscape. Mount Erciyes, previously known as Argaeus, is only 50 km away to the south of Cappadocia is a former volcano. The previously violent eruptions of the volcano caused sedimentation of large quantities of ash layers in whole area. The ash layers were solidified during the following centuries, at the same time rivers and brooks gouged grooves and wind and rains eroded the top level in different shapes and depth. The result was the cone structures here and there and sometimes a large group of them concentrated in one area. Some of them hide below a harder stone hat, under which they can better resist erosion.
At the bottom of these stone formations and cones, churches, cathedrals, homes and storage facilities were hewn out. During the early ages of Christianity, this place was a refuge for first Christians of Asia Minor. More recently, the area was a safe-haven for the Christians, under the threat of Muslim Arabs, between 7th and 13th centuries. There are hundreds of churches carved on rock formations in the area. Urgup, Goreme, Zelve, Avanos, Soganli, Derinkuyu, Kaymakli, Ihlara Valley, Cavusin, Pasabag, Ortahisar, Uchisar are among the famous places with large numbers of early Christian settlements and churches in Cappadocia region. It is also known that St. Paul established one of the first Christian colonies in this region with his followers.

3. FILM SHOOTING LOCALE

Ah the magical Cotton Castle hot springs of Turkey is truly a romantic place to bask into. The movie that ran for more than a 1000 days made it’s mark on Pamukkale and Cappadocia to shoot a song for Chandramukhi. https://blog.pickyourtrail.com/5-locations-every-rajini-fan-must-visit/
Cappadocia hosts world-renowned movies: http://www.hotel-in-cappadocia.com/en/cappadocia/important-facts/filmset-cappadocia.html
A total of 265 state and private TV stations from 45 countries have shot either documentaries of films in Cappadocia in the last 15 years. The Cappadocia region in central Anatolia, famous for natural wonders such fairy chimneys and caves, has become the focus of attraction for both international and Turkish TV producers (Statement issued by the Nevşehir Museum Directorate).
Cappadocia has hosted several famous movies over the last 15 years, its attraction aided by its magnificent natural beauty, historic and religious sites and underground cities. Among them were “Medea,” in which the leading role was played by world-famous soprano Maria Callas, ”Monsieur Ibrahim et les Fleurs Du Coran,” with famous actor Omar Sharif and “L’Empire des Loups / Empire of the Wolves” which included famous French actor Jean Reno.

I combined these in to my account! If you know Indians (and Asians) you will understand the film craze and especially the craze for one particular actor!

*Friday Fictioneers is talented group of enthusiasts penning down a story, a poem, a prose, etc.,  expressing their heart about a photo prompt, every week. Thanks for this week’s beautiful photo prompt © CEAyr

HOME AGAIN

Ananya hated moving, leaving the familiar for the strange, the old for new. Wanted things to be as they were. Hated leaving her flowers.

Her husband loved it all. Couldn’t think of staying more than three years in a place. Loved the newness of it all, even the packing and unpacking!

His parents’ job entitled a move every three years. Hers had stayed rooted and grounded in one place all the time.

The movers had already unloaded their stuff and gone. Fumbling with the unfamiliar knob, she pushed the door open.

She stopped breathing. They were breathtaking. It would be alright. She was home.

*Friday Fictioneers is talented group of enthusiasts penning down a story, a poem, a prose, etc.,  expressing their heart about a photo prompt, every week. Thanks for this week’s beautiful photo prompt © Dale Rogerson

 

Mani Mini Money

Mani made the last deposit for his Mini.  He had patiently painstakingly saved for a long time.

The salesman, smilingly rang up the deal and handed him the keys. He climbed in, turned the ignition, put it in gear and drove off.

Entering his village, in a cloud of dust, with children ran alongside crying, “Its Mani Anna, its Mani Anna!”, he drove home.

His Mom peered out amazed, wiping her hands in her seelai. His sister, her pavadai tucked up thoodapam in hand, stood open-mouthed. His father, in muddied dhothi and sweaty bare-chest, smiled proudly.

For Mani, it was worth the money.

#There is a play on the word MANI, sound and meaning. In Indian languages, it can denote bell or its sound, a jewel or beauty, a name meaning ‘a sound guy/girl’ or ‘gem of a person’, or time and Mani sounds like money. I have used all of these meanings and sounds in my writing!
#In Tamil language, Anna, seelai, pavadai & thodapam mean big/elder brother, saree, long skirt & broom respectively and I have tried to portray a village scene!
*Friday Fictioneers is talented group of enthusiasts penning down a story, a poem, a prose, etc.,  expressing their heart about a photo prompt, every week. Thanks for this week’s beautiful photo prompt © Kent Bonham

A Study in Glass

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The baubles in the candlestick enticingly twinkle, the inclosed color and hues.

The pristine jar by it, draws with its sparkling crystal clearness, reflecting the light that falls on it

The window glass refracts light through it, driving away the gloom before it.

The polished stone mirrors in its glossy surface the hidden, revealingly portraying.

I surround myself with glass, as beauty and beast, a silent word.

Bolstered by strong frame, it stands firm.

Crafted with care, it shines in glory.

Polished, it reflects all around.

Neglected and careless, it shatters irrecoverably.

My epitaph – reminds me of the human soul.

*Friday Fictioneers is talented group of enthusiasts penning down a story, a poem, a prose, etc.,  expressing their heart about a photo prompt, every week. Thanks for this week’s beautiful photo prompt © Janet Webb

 

FERRY TO FREEDOM

The ferry loomed before them, just across the huge gantry-type barricade, their transport to all they hoped to have. They just needed to cross the border customs check and they would be safe.

They waited in queue, watching the officials check the car ahead. With every passing minute, their trepidation mounted. They had waited a long time for this and saved every penny for life ahead.

The officials waved the car on and paused to confer, a brief respite in their busy work stream.

They beckoned to them, eyeing them making their way down the wet road.

“Your passports, please.”

MONEY PLANT

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She cut through the swathes of money plant surrounding and hiding the house. Her mother had loved to nurture it because of the belief that it brought wealth.

Folklore was that the home where it flourished would overflow with wealth. However, unless you were fortunate to procure it from an empty place, you had to ‘steal’ it from someone’s home and plant it in yours. Otherwise, it would have no effect on prosperity!

It didn’t need much care, tending to proliferate and grow profusely. Her mother would religiously rejoice in its progress.

Her mother was no longer there, but it was!

*Epipremnum aureum is a species of flowering plant in the family of Araceae, native in Mo’orea, French Polynesia. The species is a popular houseplant in temperate regions, but has also become naturalised in tropical and sub-tropical forests worldwide, including northern Australia, Southeast Asia, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Hawaii and the West Indies, where it has caused severe ecological damage in some cases. The plant has a multitude of common names including golden pothos, hunter’s robe, ivy arum, money plant, silver vine, Solomon Islands ivy and taro vine. It is also called devil’s vine or devil’s ivy because it is almost impossible to kill. It is sometimes mistakenly labeled as a Philodendron in plant stores.

It is known as money plant in India and Bangladesh.

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E. aureum can become a highly invasive species when introduced into tropical countries where it is not native.

In Sri Lanka it overgrows several hectares of the Udawatta Kele Sanctuary in Kandy. Having no natural enemies, it completely overgrows the forest floor as well as the trunks of trees, causing severe ecological disruption.It has also invaded the Kurulukele Forest Reserve in Kegalla, Sri Lanka and other places where it has been planted as a decorative plant, or to hold steep banks along roads. It was included in the Florida Exotic Pest Control Council’s 1999 list of invasive species.

*Friday Fictioneers is talented group of enthusiasts penning down a story, a poem, a prose, etc.,  expressing their heart about a photo prompt, every week. Thanks for this week’s beautiful photo prompt © Sarah Potter

A DIFFERENCE

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How was your first day, Sally?

Great Bess. Rural school, beautiful countryside. 
Children eager. From hardworking background. Great classroom. 
Wonderful principal!
How was yours?

(Sighs) The less said the better! School in a homeless shelter.
Not even a proper classroom. No material, furniture, principal. 
Unruly kids, uninterested parents. Ruin, chaos, confusion...

That's enough to put off any teacher, leave alone a first-timer!
Going back tomorrow?

I must. I need to. Nobody wants to hire someone fresh out of school!
Besides, I keep seeing their faces. 
Its as though they know I won't come back.
Guess I'll go back. Maybe make a difference!
Just before sitting to write this, I watched a Hallmark movie called BEYOND THE BLACKBOARD. This week’s pic resonated with what I saw in the movie. So I wrote about it!
Beyond the Blackboard is a Hallmark Hall of Fame original movie starring Emily VanCamp and Treat Williams. It is based on the memoir by Stacey Bess titled Nobody Don’t Love Nobody. The story takes place in 1987 and follows a young teacher and mother of two who, fresh from college, ends up teaching homeless children at a school without a name. With the support of her husband, she overcomes fears and prejudice to give these children the education they deserve.  Stacey-Bess-242x300Beyond-the-Blackboard-27-1024x683.jpg
Stacey Bess is an award-winning educator with great insight into the hearts of children in need. She believes that the way to most effectively teach children any subject is to treat them with love and kindness. Audiences around the nation have discovered the treasure of Stacey Bess and the magic she works with children.
*Friday Fictioneers is talented group of enthusiasts penning down a story, a poem, a prose, etc.,  expressing their heart about a photo prompt, every week. Thanks for this week’s beautiful photo prompt © J Hardy Carroll