Love behind umbrellas – Suns and Lovers #Bar-A-Thon

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Sons & Lovers

I wonder why D.H.Lawrence’s novel “Sons & Lovers” was considered highly subversive?  Was it because sex was taboo in the times it was written? Or rather, was it because  discussing sex so openly was? Well, whatever the reason, I still remember the ‘cheap’ thrill we got reading that book, hiding it beneath the desk and glancing at it furtively between boring parts of class. I must confess though, I remember nothing of the book save the title.

Suns & Lovers

In fact, it has been indelibly imprinted in my brain, and I always associate it with young lovers hiding behind an umbrella on the wide stretch of Mumbai’s scenic boulevard –  Marine Drive.

Yes, strange as it may sound, though PDA or public display of affection is frowned upon, Mumbai’s people in love remain undaunted.

While I’m glad that people aren’t openly displaying their affection as though their lives depended on it, I feel sorry for the young kids who have no option but to sit on  Marine Drive in the hot sun. Even under the blazing sun, they don’t mind toasting their butts on the concrete, canoodling behind an open umbrella.


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[Tweet “Isn’t it ironical that love has to be hidden behind umbrellas while defecation, urination or ablution in full view and in broad daylight is perfectly acceptable ?”]

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I’m participating in Blogarhythm’s  2nd edition of #Bar-A-Thon and responding to Day 6’s prompt Suns & Lovers


A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!

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7 Responses

  1. Natasha says:

    Sigh! The sorry plight of this country. Wonderful thoughts Sunita.

  2. Varadharajan says:

    Well written. When I think of Marine Drive, I’m immediately reminded of ‘Vertigo’ by Ashok Banker. And the tweet is perfect. There is this dialogue in a Tamil film that goes like ‘In this country pissing on the streets is ok, but kissing is not.’

  3. Dahlia says:

    Sons and Lovers! I remember hearing so much about it and getting confused about the symbolism etc that was discussed by the girls who were studying it in optional literature class. I tried to pick it up a couple of time but somehow never managed to get through it. Perhaps I should do so now – I am old enough 😉

  4. DeeDee says:

    Mumbai *missing, tears*
    I remember we used to throw groundnuts behind rocks to see who comes out. And every rock had someone hiding behind. So much risk for PDA
    Thanks for sharing

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