Letter from home-9 (Slice of life)


( I remember those long ago days when we used to write letters to our near and dear ones regularly. Over the years there have been lot of changes in life. These are the days of the internet and we have stopped writing letters. Last year I started writing to my mother and my Doddamma (my father’s elder brother’s wife) She lives with her son and family. My cousin’s wife shows her my mails. My mother lives with my brother and my sister-in-law shows her my mails. 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😊. I am editing a few lines before posting in Slice of Life because it would be difficult to understand without knowing the details. I am also adding links to certain topics of interest. This mail is to my Doddamma, I have come to my brother’s home to see my mother. In December she was diagnosed lymphoma and is having chemotherapy. She is responding well.)


Dear Doddamma,

Yesterday was Ugadi and we seek your blessings. We are all fine. I made banana payasa. Evening we went to Mahishamardhini temple in Kadiyali not far from home. We like going to this temple specially for the evening Puja. The Puja is between 7.30 and 8. Many years ago we had been to this temple when you and doddappa had come to Manipal. You were happy to be there for the Puja.


I am now in Hyderabad . I came here today morning. My flight was at 8.30 from Mangalore, Aravinda and Kuvara dropped me at the airport. The flight left at 9 and I was in Hyderabad by 10.15. Anna’s driver Ganesha had come to the airport. At the airport I was happy to see sparrows. We do not see much of them now.


Amma is fine. Anna has gone to Rangoon and Cambodia on work.He will return Wednesday midnight. I am returning  home Thursday morning.

On the 14th night we got heavy rains for almost three hours. There was thunder and lightning too. There was a steady roll of thunder all the time. Then there was no electricity too. We have an invertor so we went to sleep, some time during the night electricity was restored. As soon as I got up I switched on the motor to fill water in the overhead tank. I had not been able to so the previous night. There have been rains in other nearly places.

The school of Communication of Manipal has been hosting an exhibition and sale of traditional arts, crafts and dress materials and saris, bedsheets and so on for more than ten years. This exhibition was held on 9th, 10th and 11th. We had been there and Aravind purchased a kurta for himself and one for Advaith and two kurtas for Gayatri. Vinay’s parents are going to Germany on April 10th, we will send these with them.

I had written earlier that we had got coconut plucked and the husk removed. We sold it a few days ago to coconut buyers and sellers. The price keeps varying from day to day. We got Rs 39.25 per kg. It is a good price.

Today evening Amma and I went to the park nearby for a short walk. We sat on a bench and watched boys playing football in the ground adjacent to the park. There are a lot of children in this colony .


Every evening Amma sits outside the house watching them play. In May my brother, sister-in-law and Amma are coming to our place and Amma will be with us for some months.

I will write after I return.

With love,

Namma Angadi | Manipal Academy of Higher Education
https://manipal.edu › … › Social Impact

Ugadi – Wikipedia
https://en.m.wikipedia.org › wiki › Ugadi

Letter from home-9 (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. I used to go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. Covid-19 has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. Hopefully I will be able to go there again. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.


  1. Those home letters full of daily life and observation are so rare and should be cherished. Thank you for sharing. Enjoy your long visit with your mom. Yesterday I saw a cardinal which are becoming rare here. Your house sparrows however, in abundance

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  2. Love the sparrow. We do get lots of them here. We placed a bird feeder outside our window so that as we have breakfast we can see the different birds enjoying their meal as well. With the snow that is forecast here for tonight and tomorrow I am sure they will be glad to have food readily available.

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  3. I love several things about this-
    -It brought me into your world and I enjoyed being in a place very different from my home
    – it reminded me of the power and pleasure of real letters. And now it is so easy to illustrate them with photographs!
    – I enjoyed the love of family expressed in your letter.
    Thank you for sharing it with us!

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