12th September 2021 Ms Vasanthi Arasoo
This painting is another masterpiece by Dr. Beena. The huge sun setting and turning the sky into red, orange and yellow hues that reflect into the sea of blue is such a beauty to admire. Those in the lucky sailboats would have had a picturesque memory to behold and treasure forever.
Talking about the sunset makes all those idioms about sunsets come alive; both the joyous ones and the not so joyful ones. Let’s see if we can catch everything under the sun. Among the happy idioms are like riding off into the sunset which brings about a positive note of achieving success in one’s pursuits. Wouldn’t all of us love to ride off into the sunset? Another equally adorable idiom is to think that the sun rises and sets on someone. That would certainly be a wonderful thought for those full of admiration.
Whereas to head for the setting sun never actually meant to head for a beautiful view. It means to travel west where the sun sets in order to avoid trouble from the law! However, on a recent trip to Santorini, I vividly remember literally heading for the setting sun. This quaint and beautiful island is known for its famous sunset. The northern village of Oia was a popular place to watch the magnificent sunset in Santorini. The prime spot being on a slightly elevated hill in the middle of town at the edge of the iconic white buildings with blue domes. Never had I expected a whole battalion of tourists to head for the same spot during sunset! Shoulder to shoulder with strangers, the uphill journey on cobbled stone pavements began. Couldn’t stop for photo taking by the white buildings along the way if sunset was not to be missed. Just like time and tide waiting for no man, daily sunsets also waits for no one. Made it just in time for the majestic touch down amongst the crowd that had apparently come some three hours earlier to book the choicest spots. Lesson learnt was not to seek for sunset at a place on a hillslope where there are a few hundred seekers. It takes away the magic of the moment though the colours were out of this world and the setting was simply awesome. There are so many places in the world to admire the majestic sunset and it would be a fantastic idea to sail away on a sailboat from dawn to dusk.
Getting back to idioms about sunset, let’s take a peek into the ones that unveil reality of a different kind. When we are in the sunset years of our life, its simply time to take things easy and enjoy the remaining years in peace. We should never let the sun go down on our anger and go to bed when we are angry with someone for it is best to make peace before our sun sets.
Let sunshine into your hearts and make hay while the sun shines. Never regret when it is too late as missing a sunshine will bring you into dusk. Always enjoy memories created under the sunshine and those captured by beautiful paintings.