Letter from Home-5 (Slice of Life)


[In October last year I started writing letters to my Doddamma (my father’s elder brother’s wife) and to amma (my mother). In November, I went to my daughter’s place in Germany, she was expecting her second child. I wrote mails to my Doddamma and my mother (Amma) every week. I sent the mail to my sister-in-law, my mother lives with my elder brother and to my cousin’s wife. My Doddamma lives with her son. After returning home I thought I would post letters then decided to continue sending mails. It will reach them sooner and I can also attach photos.) My Doddamma is 86 and is not able to go out. My Amma and Doddamma enjoy the mails and the photos. The internet has really changed our lives, it helps us to keep some contact with our friends and relatives, if we want to.😊]

Dear Doddamma and Amma,
Today it is one month since I returned from Germany. Kavya is now trying to turn over on her stomach. Vinay had taken leave for a month till yesterday. He is taking Advaith to school and bringing him back home at 2.30. After it is less cold Gayatri is planning to go with Kavya to bring Advaith home. His school is less than 15 minutes from home.

Yesterday we had been to Khandige (home in our village) to see mava (my father-in-law) He is fine and is happy in his home. Now is the pepper season, Kuvara (my husband) usually goes to to pluck pepper or pick ripe betel nuts in the areca garden. he likes it.

Maikuri 18th Feb (2)

We came back in the evening. On our way back we were talking about sugarcane juice when we saw a person standing near a tree making sugarcane juice. We stopped, this is the first time we were drinking it. The juice was very fresh and tasty. The juice seller was from Lucknow. (Lucknow in a city in North India, many people come south in search of work). On the way we saw many people selling sugarcane juice. The weather is becoming hotter and this juice is very refreshing.

Maikuri 18th Feb (5)

On the 12th afternoon my cousin’s friend, his wife and their friends had come home for some time. They live in Bombay and had come this side on a pilgrimage, there are many temples in and around our place. Devotees from different parts of our country come to these temples. I had made hesarubele payasa ( a dessert made from green gram dal, coconut milk and jaggery) and kept dosa batter ready but they said they did not want dosa as they were feeling full after lunch in Sringeri. We had cut sihikanchu (pomelo)also. We all enjoyed talking to each other.

On the 13th was Shivaratri. There are temples of Lord Shiva in Udupi, two near Manipal. Every year we go to the temple of UmaMaheshwara, this time we went to Mahalingeshwara temple. It is in a very quiet place. We sat there for some time before returning home.

Mahalingeshwara temple parkala 14th (3).jpg

On the 16th there was a Yakshagana programme in Manipal engineering college grounds. The Yakshagana was by the Saligrama Mela. Saligrama is a small town not very far from Udupi. The Saligrama Mela was celebrating its fiftieth year, Manipal engineering college it’s sixtieth year and Manipal academy of higher education its 25th year. programme was open to everyone. There were two prasangas but we went for the first prasanga, Dakshayagna. Time just flew and it was as if we were in a different world. In this world we have been listening to a lot of bad news !!



We had to leave at 8 to pick Aravinda from his German class. He teaches A1 certificate course to one batch and the classes are in the evening from 6 to 8. We could only watch the first half of the prasanga. Daksha’s daughter Daakshyayini is married to Lord Shiva. Once a big gathering of rishis and scholars takes place in Triveni sangama and Lord Shiva is the chairperson. When Daksha comes to the gathering he feels Shiva has not given him due respect. He feels insulted. Later on Daksha organised a huge yagna. He does not invite Shiva. We were able to watch till here. In the end unable to bear the insults heaped on Lord Shiva by her father, Dakshyani immolates herself. I have watched very few yakshagaana programmes. Now I am enjoying them. You must be remembering that earlier Yakshagaana programmes took place the whole night. Now mostly it is only for three hours. The music and the dance get us so involved in the story. Before going I had read the story, it is easier to understand what is happening.

Last week I got my sewing machine repaired. There was a lot of problem with the stitches. The thread was getting cut too. Two parts had to be changed. There was a problem with the wheel too. The axle bearing had to be changed. Now the machine is working very smoothly. I am planning to stitch two frocks for Kavya and shirts for Advaith. Vinay’s parents are going to Germany on April 10th.

Kuvara has joined a ten-day Sanskrit Certificate course for beginners. Yesterday was the first class, about thirty people have joined and he has liked the class very much.
On the 20th is Aravinda’s friend, Adhithya’s wedding. We are attending the wedding. Aravinda has to have his passport renewed. Fortunately he got an appointment on that day at 9.30 in the passport office. So he will not have to apply for leave again.
With love,

Saligrama Yakshagana mela gets ready for golden jubilee tour – …
http://www.thehindu.com › News › Cities › Mangaluru
When more than 40 Yakshagana melas (touring troupes) in the coastal belt will begin their annual “tirugata” (seasonal tour) from next month, Sri Guruprasadita Yakshagana Mandali of Saligrama will make the difference as it will be its golden jubilee tour. Popularly called Saligrama Mela, it will

Yakshagana – Wikipedia

Pomelo – Wikipedia
The pomelo, Citrus maxima, or Citrus grandis, also called pomello, pummelo, pommelo, pamplemousse, jabong (Hawaii), or shaddock, is a natural (non-hybrid) citrus fruit, similar in appearance to a large grapefruit, native to South and Southeast Asia.

Maha Shivaratri – Wikipedia
Maha Shivaratri is an annual festival dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, and is particularly important in the Shaivism tradition of Hinduism. Unlike most Hindu festivals which are celebrated during the day, the Maha Shivaratri is celebrated at night.

Moong Dal Payasam/Hesaru Bele Payasa Recipe – Udupi Recipes
udupi-recipes.com/…/moong-dal-payasamhesaru-bele-payasa-recipe.htmlAdd fresh grated coconut and cardamoms in to a mixer and grind to fine paste adding 1/2 bowl of water. Pour it on to a strainer and squeeze first extract coconut milk

Letter from Home-5 (Slice of Life)


By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. Due to the pandemic I could not go to the Home for the mentally challenged for two years. I had been going there since 2011. I have started going again. I was happy that some members remembered me :) All of them are an important part of my life. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made our lives richer.


  1. Thank you for teaching me about a culture I know nothing about. Shame on me. Had to smile about your sewing machine comment. My wife is a quilter and would be totally lost without a working machine,

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    1. Thank you Arjeha, why do you say shame on yourself for not knowing about a different culture? I feel it is the same for all of us. We really don’t know much about the people of different countries. This is one of the reasons why like Slice of Life. The bloggers allow me to have a glimpse into their lives. It would be nice to see the photos of some of the quilts made by your wife 🙂 Regards

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  2. I remember how exciting it is when a baby can turn over. It’s funny when they are learning and get half way and then look totally confused. Glad your machine is fixed. It is fun to sew for granddaughters.

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