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Don't be surprised if Autumn and Fall are Two Different Seasons- My Reply to a writing challenge from Carb Diva

Updated on April 17, 2016
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Venkat loves arts and literature and keeps reading books of all genre and developed an interest in writing literary and fictional articles.

The writing challenge

One of our great hubber friends, Carb Diva has invited us, writers, to participate in a writing challenge through her hub "A Writing Challenge" at this link http://carbdiva.hubpages.com/hub/-A-Writing-Challenge.

She provided an image of a country road during an autumn season (filled with shredded leaves of trees on both sides of the road) as a prompt for writing anything you like using that picture- write a story, a poem or plain verse that builds up into a hub enough to be featured on HubPages.

Is it Autumn or Fall?

Photograph of a country road during autumn season provided by Carb Diva at HubPages
Photograph of a country road during autumn season provided by Carb Diva at HubPages | Source

The Autumn Season

Autumn season is known as the transcendental period from Summer to Winter. Summer is a very pleasant and beautiful season - full of natural flora and fauna - mostly favourable for tourists and admirers of nature's beauty. Winter is chilly and cold and is also good for enjoyment, fully equipped.

But, Fall (or Autumn?) is viewed as a very unfavourable period of time as the whole nature turns you into a very depressive mood during this season, bearing a deserted look with dried up leaves, harvested fields and dried up weather and drowsiness. Everything around you seems gloomy and full of mists. Autumn is a season of an unpredictable weather with sudden rains, clouds and winds confining people to their homes. It bears an unpleasant message that everything is susceptible to ageing, decay and death. That is the bad part of it as perceived by many people.

Autumn Road

Road in autumn season appealing to the senses filled with nature's beauty shared from flickr.com
Road in autumn season appealing to the senses filled with nature's beauty shared from flickr.com | Source

Autumn as described by great writers

Here are some quotes taken from works by great poets and writers to give a clear natural picture of Autumn season.

From "Ode to Autumn" by John Keats:

"While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir, the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The redbreast whistles from a garden croft,
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies......"

From "The name of it is Autumn" by Emily Dickinson:

"The name—of it—is 'Autumn'—
The hue—of it—is Blood—
An Artery—upon the Hill—
A Vein—along the Road—

Great Globules—in the Alleys—
And Oh, the Shower of Stain—
When Winds—upset the Basin—
And spill the Scarlet Rain—.........."


A quote from Ray Bradbury's "The Autumn People"

“That country where it is always turning late in the year. That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist; where noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger, and midnights stay. That country composed in the main of cellars, sub-cellars, coal-bins, closets, attics, and pantries faced away from the sun. That country whose people are autumn people, thinking only autumn thoughts. Whose people passing at night on the empty walks sound like rain.”

Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury (1920- 2012), a great American writer of many works including "Fahrenheit 451" and "The Autumn People".
Ray Bradbury (1920- 2012), a great American writer of many works including "Fahrenheit 451" and "The Autumn People". | Source

The Fall

The season of Autumn is mostly associated with 'Fall'. Fall refers to the shredding of leaves by trees. Most deciduous trees lose their leaves during this season covering the earth and environment with dried up and decayed leaves.

The rains and winds are the causes for this shredding of leaves. Another fact is that the trees re-absorb all the nutrients including chlorophyll from their leaves to stand themselves against the odd weather conditions during this season. Naturally, when the leaves lose all these essentials, they dry up and fall down from their branches. Hence, the trees bear a bare, deserted look making it very unpleasant during the fall season. But nature lovers love the season by admiring the beauty of leaves and flowers changing their hues. Everything appears beautiful with the scenery turning into Gold, Yellow and Red hues all around you.

The Autumn as I experienced it

Autumn is known as 'Sharad Ritu' by us here in India. A season is referred to as 'ritu' by our people. We have 6 ritu in a year each considered to be lasting for two months. Our calendars start with spring season in second half of March. Autumn or Sharad ritu is the fourth season after spring, summer and rainy seasons.

  • Sharad ritu is a very pleasant season for us after experiencing the hardships of summer and rainy seasons.
  • Goddess Saraswati also known as "Sharada" ( Goddess of Learning & Knowledge) is associated with Sharad season or Autumn.
  • The Navaratri festival is celebrated in this Sharad ritu glorifying the nine forms of Goddess. It is known as the festival of nine nights or 'Dussehra' festival which falls during the first week of October.
  • The famous performances of 'Ram Leela' enacting scenes from Ramayan take place during this season only.
  • This is a season of great enjoyment and celebrations with all ten days filled with festival flavour and hectic activity in temples and cultural auditoriums.
  • Picnics are also organized among families and friends at least once during this season. Some of them used to enjoy taking a bath at waterfalls. But, I mostly preferred helping in cooking and enjoying under the trees with family and friends. We reach the spots trekking and descending through valleys with loads of our food and cooking items and water.

What Do you Think?

Am I wrong in telling Autumn and Fall can be separate seasons?

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A picnic spot in Mirzapur, U.P., India

People enjoy bathing under water falls, cooking food and celebrating with family and friends under the trees during the autumn season
People enjoy bathing under water falls, cooking food and celebrating with family and friends under the trees during the autumn season | Source

Trekking/ descending to reach the picnic spot

My son and his friend walking through the hilly paths to reach the picnic spot
My son and his friend walking through the hilly paths to reach the picnic spot | Source

Fall season as per my experience

Fall season which refers to the shedding of leaves and withering of nature is during the month of February as per my experience. It is the last season of the year after winter.

  • As already mentioned by me, there are six seasons in a year. Starting with Spring, the other seasons are Summer, Rainy, Autumn, Winter, and Fall.
  • Our Indian names for these six seasons are Vasantha, Greeshma, Varsha, Sharad, Hemant, Shishir.
  • So, Fall season is known as "Shishir Ritu" for us which falls in the month of February extending through some days in March beginning.
  • This Shishir ritu or fall is the time when most of our trees shed their leaves and the whole atmosphere gets filled with the aroma of decayed leaves and flowers flown from lane to lane by the winds. The new leaves and flowers start blooming in March.
  • Fall denotes the end of winter and the arrival of spring season.

Some more quotes

John Keats -

"Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,...."

George Eliot -

"Just the still melancholy that I love - that makes life and nature harmonise. The birds are consulting about their migrations, the trees are putting on the hectic or the pallid hues of decay, and begin to strew the ground, that one's very footsteps may not disturb the repose of earth and air while they give us a scent that is a perfect anodyne to the restless spirit. Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns......"

Thomas Hood -

"I saw old Autumn in the misty morn
Stand shadowless like silence, listening
To silence, for no lonely bird would sing
Into his hollow ear from woods forlorn,
Nor lowly hedge nor solitary thorn; --
Shaking his languid locks all dewy bright
With tangled gossamer that fell by night,
Pearling his coronet of golden corn......."

Some Interesting reads about Indian Culture & Seasons

I find a lot of amazing content on the internet about the Culture, Literature, Arts and Nature at one of our Indian Government sites on Incredible India. The website is titled "Indian Council for Cultural Relations.net" It is of 100 pages with some artistic images also. I am much pleased to share this information with all of you interested in reading, collecting knowledge and experiencing joy with mind food. The link to this treasure of knowledge is given below in the Links Capsule.

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      Venkatachari M 20 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      No problem in it. I never mind such things. Actually my name is Venkat and Acharya is the title for our vaishnava caste. We add our titles and original place names mostly in our names. My ancestral village was mudumba. So my full name is Mudumba Venkatacharya. But, it is shortened as M. Venkatachari in our school records. This is the history of my name.

      Thank you for your revisit and one more feedback. Wish you merry Christmas season.

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      Audrey Selig 20 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi I hope you don't mind the nickname of Venka. Very good story about Autumn and Fall. Also good comments in forum. Have great day.

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      Venkatachari M 20 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Audrey. Much glad at your warm comment. Thank you for the visit and nice comment. My blessings too.

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      Audrey Selig 20 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Venka - This is a fascinating response to the writing challenge. I enjoyed hearing about fall and Autumn in India and the celebrations and festivals. I believe it can be two seasons with one of them cold and dismal with the other full of color. it is so interesting to hear different ideas about life and climate. Sharing, Blessings, Audrey

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      Venkatachari M 22 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you Marie, for the visit and nice comment. I think this variation can be seen at some other places also.

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      Mary Craig 22 months ago from New York

      Very interesting Venkatachari. I had no idea Autumn and Fall were two different season in India! As you know, here in New York they are not two different seasons.

      I loved learning about that difference and they way it is treated.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thanks Ann, for your visit and feedback. Your hubs are pretty much interesting and I missed them all these days.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      An interesting take on this challenge. I love the Autumn for all its colours, although it can be sad because Summer is at an end.

      However, leaves do start to fall earlier sometimes so I suppose the terms 'Fall' and 'Autumn' are slightly different from my perspective.

      Before reading this, I just regarded 'Fall' as the American word for 'Autumn'; having read your piece I now see it slightly differently!

      Great quotes and interesting discussion of this beautiful time of the year.

      Well done! (Thanks for following me!)

      Ann

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Nitya. I am glad at your enjoying the reading. Thanks for the visit and nice comment and votes.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub and a great response to the challenge, enjoyed reading and voted up.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Alicia. Very glad to see your nice comment. Thanks for the visit and comment. I am busy since two days in a marriage function. It may last for 3 more days.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for sharing an informative hub, Venkatachari. Both your own information and the quotes were interesting and very enjoyable to read.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Glad to see you, John Hansen. Your appraisal of my work is of great value to me. Thanks for the visit and this nice comment. If you are interested in exploring, you can click the link provided by me at bottom of my hub to have some wonderful food for mind.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Venkat, you have done a great job with this hub and Carb Diva's challenge. It was interesting to learn of the extra seasons you have in India, and I love the quotes about Autumn from the famous poets. Voted up.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Genna, for your visit and nice comment. I am happy it appealed to you. I think you are much interested in reading. You can have much of it by browsing through the arts, literature and culture chapters at the link provided by me at the bottom of my hub.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thanks Carb (Linda), for going through my work and appreciating it. It is because of your challenge and inspiration, that I have been able to put my efforts and produce this. So, the credit is yours here.

      Thanks once again.

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I love autumn and spring as they are not at opposite sides of the spectrum, and are harbingers of change in what is to come. I loved your differentiation of autumn and fall…I never thought of changing seasons in this way. Very interesting and thought-provoking. :-)

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      Linda Lum 2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Dear friend, thank you for taking the challenge. You have done a wonderful job with this hub. Very informative (I did not know that other cultures celebrate different seasons. Now I know). I also enjoyed the poetry. Voted up, interesting, and beautiful.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Hi, Larry. It is not a matter of being wrong or right. It is a kind of diversity in nature. Circumstances change from place to place. One needs to be always exploring to know the facts.

      Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thanks, Dear Harish. I have mentioned that we have total six seasons and each one is great in its own way.

      Thanks for visiting and leaving such a nice comment.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you very much, Bill, for appreciating my work by saying that yours will be as interesting as mine. But, I believe your hub will be far better than mine. It is true that challenges are always great to face. I began developing some attachment to these challenges in your company.

      Thanks for the visit and nice comment.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Akriti. I also love both spring and autumn which are most enjoyable. Thanks for the nice comment.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      I've always thought of them as the same season, but could be wrong.

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      Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from India

      Sir, you have taken on Carb Diva 's challenge so well, showing a wonderful comparison of seasons. We have two more seasons before the winter season. Every season creates a different mood in us, personally, I love Spring. I liked the beautiful poetry quoted by you. I enjoyed reading the whole package. Well done. Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nicely done my friend. I love these challenges. It is always fun to see how different writers answer the same challenge. I'll post my response to this challenge tomorrow. I just hope mine is as interesting as yours is.

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Autumn and spring are two of my favourite seasons.