"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

A Weekend Break: From Umbrella To Parasol

The parking attendant of a sari showroom in Kannur shelters from the sun.

The monsoon has finally relaxed its heavy grip on Kerala.
Though floods devastate the northern states of Assam and Sikkim, we in south India are no longer inundated by the rains.

After weeks of feeling almost imprisoned, I took the opportunity to visit a friend in Kannur, a city in northern Kerala, two hundred and fifty kilometres from Cochin.

Umbrella or Parasol?

Although we tend to use the word parasol when sheltering from the sun, umbrella is just as accurate.
*The word umbrella comes from the Latin “umbra”, meaning shade or shadow.
(The Latin word, in turn, derives from the Ancient Greek ómbros [όμβρος].)


* Taken from Wikipedia

8 responses

  1. Toffeeapple

    Almost the same colour as mine is and I also use it for sun and rain.

    September 25, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    • A case, perhaps, of “You can take the girl out of India, but you can’t take India out of the girl”?!

      September 25, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      • Toffeeapple

        Oh, if only!

        Amazon even sells foodstuff now…

        September 26, 2012 at 4:16 pm

        • I use Amazon a fair amount in India both to order real books as gifts for friends and family back in the UK & USA, and to download books onto my Kindle here in India. I occasionally look to see how much their electronic gadgets cost but I had completely failed to register how much they have diversified.

          September 26, 2012 at 8:10 pm

  2. This is very timely. I have just ordered two new umbrellas. The rains have started again here.

    September 25, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    • You order umbrellas? I am tempted to ask exactly what you order them.. It all sounds very “Mary Poppins” to me.
      Whatever happened to shopping?

      September 25, 2012 at 7:27 pm

  3. I just paddle my way down the Amazon these days.

    September 25, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    • They sell umbrellas on Amazon? Good grief, I shall immediately download a few into my Kindle!

      September 25, 2012 at 9:11 pm

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