[My mother is with us now. She will be here till September. She was diagnosed Lymphoma in December. Fortunately she has responded well to Chemotherapy and her doctor is satisfied with the results. My mails are to my father’s elder brother’s wife. I call her doddamma which literally means elder mother. She is my favourite relative. From her I have learnt to take life as it comes. She is 87 now and due to her health condition she has not been able to go out from her home for many years. I started writing to her in October. Her son or daughter-in-law read it out to her and she enjoys the photos. The internet has really changed our lives. It has helped us to keep in contact with our friends and relatives. ]
We are all fine here. Amma is doing asanas and pranayamas at home in the morning at 11. They have given her a printout of what has been taught to her. She reads them as she starts. I sit nearby telling her if she forgets. We had been to Maikuri (where my father-in-law and brother-in-law live) yesterday. Mava and Keshava are fine. Vishweshwara Hegde and Jayanti (the couple who live there to cook and help in other ways ) were not there, they had gone to attend a function. They might return today and or tomorrow. The wild mangoes are getting over. We got some. Kuvara went and picked all that had fallen. There is a big mango tree in the yard. One big branch broke and fell, fortunately there was no one nearby.
On the 29th there were heavy rains whole of coastal area of Udupi and Dakshina Kannada and Kerala too. This was due to cyclone Mekunu. It was raining with thunder and lightning but we did not experience any problem. But there was a lot of problem in Mangalore. In Maikuri, in the areca garden there is a natural pond in which over the years all children learnt swimming. When Advaith was just two he enjoyed playing in the waterfall from the kere to the lower level. Keshava told me that pond was full and overflowing on the 29th and 30th. Water from the upper levels had filled it but now it is dry. The weather is slowly changing now and by 10th the monsoon season will start.
( this was three years ago 🙂 )
Last week we went to see Kuvara’s cousin Gopala. He is in the hospital due to many problems. It has been diagnosed as auto immune disease. He is slowly recovering. He explained to me about this disease. He was working in the Biochemistry department and retired last year. Now there is a solution to it, earlier it was not diagnosed.
Every evening we go for a walk either around Manipal lake or in the grounds of the Syndicate bank training college. In both places amma gets to meet other ladies and talk to them while we walk some more. Manipal lake was the place where more than 45 years ago mud was removed to make tiles in the time factory. For many years water used to fill in that place. No one used to go there. But about ten years ago the area of the lake was widened and even the depth in the centre was increased. Pipes were inserted at regular intevals in the sides for water to flow in. The walking track was laid, about two kms around the lake. By August the water reaches the brim and by May it goes down a lot but does not dry completely.
Doddamma, our front compound wall had becom a little weak. We called the masons to repair it. Our neighbour had got our house built. We shifted here from the campus in 2005. He told us about it otherwise we would not have known. He is a professor in the engineering college and he used to get houses built. It was very convenient for us and his team have done a very good job. We have not faced any problems. Touchwood 😊 I don’t know if I have told you that appa planned our house. His presence is always with us.
Amma will be going to Puttur on the 9th for about ten days. She will be back on the 20th or 21st.
Advaith and Kavya are fine. Kavya moves about in the room. When Advaith tells her to clap hands she claps hands. We see and talk to them almost everyday. Last week they had been to a strawberry farm. They can pick strawberries and buy them. Advaith enjoyed himself a lot. Kavya crushed a small fruit and looked surpised to see the juice in her palms. 😊
With lots of love,
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