The bell rings and sounds differently throughout my life.[First prize joint winner for Topic of the Month TOW contest]
The word 'bell' has such a vast and varied connotation in my (or many of our) life. The first memory I have now is about the small bell tied to the small bull calf of our cow. It was so nice to play with the calf jumping across the place after it finished drinking its mother's milk which my grandmother affectionately allowed it after drawing the milk needed by us. AT its every jump the bell rang and we could trace the calf wherever it was.
The next was the large Bell in our temple. There was a thick and long rope tied to it. As a child I never could pull the rope, and though I wanted to pull it, the resonating and echoing sound it produced during the Aarati time (pulled by elders)forced me to close my ears. I still remember the joy I had when one day sitting on shoulders of my uncle I was successful to ring the bell by pulling the rope. As I could pull it softly only, the bell sound was not harsh.
Then came the school bell. It was actually not a bell, but a thick metal plate like the one we made Dosas on. The school peon has the duty to ring it , but actually he was hitting it with hammer. During recess we tried to throw small stones on the 'bell' as the clever peon used to take the hammer with him.
But the best bell I liked was the bell kept with the 'pooja materials' at our home. It was taken out during auspicious occasions when the priest performed the pujas. We had to wait for some lucky moment when the priest wil allow us to ringthe bell. But at othertimes we were not allowed to do so.
On growing up, 'ringing the bell' meant flattering or psycophancy to someone. Showing the hand in a gesture likening to ringing a bell was to denote that someone is whiling away time without doing anything.( It was also said as doing Bhajan).
Then came the proverb 'Who will bell the cat".In primary lasses it was 'Ding dong bell,pussy's inthe well'. Lateron, I learned the name 'Bell pepper'.
So it is all the way bells ringing different sounds and meaning.