Letter from Home-10 (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.]
Dear Doddamma and Amma,
I was very happy to spend three days with you amma.  Doddamma, on the 22nd, my flight from Hyderabad left at 7.10 and I was in Mangalore by 8.30. Kuvara and Aravinda had come to the airport. On our way back we had breakfast in a hotel in Padubidri. It is a good hotel. We have had breakfast there many times earlier too. After returning Aravinda went to college. For lunch I made boiled rice conji and tomato rasam.

That evening we went to End point for a walk. We like going there. It is called Endpoint because one end of Manipal ends there. If we go down we reach the banks of the river Swarna. On both sides of the road to End point trees are coming up. They are mostly Jamun trees with purple coloured fruits.

Swarna river

There is a jackfruit tree in our back yard. This year there are a lot of fruits. We will be using them at their different stages. We will also share with our neighbours and others.

Home jackfruit (1)

We are getting papaya too. They are tasty. The white star-apple tree in the front has also started giving fruits this year. My husband’s cousin gave us the plant a few years ago. The fruits are very tasty.

Jamun tree

On the 23rd evening, Aravinda had his German class, Kuvara went to a music concert. There is an open-air stage next to Manipal lake. The two singers sang folk songs and devotional songs. It was very good and the audience enjoyed themselves.


I had my book club meeting so I could not go for the concert. We started this club in 2009 and meet once a month. We talk about books and it is great fun. We talk about the books we have read. Once, we all read the same book and that was a different experience.

I am stitching two shirts for Advaith and some frocks for Kavya. I am enjoying the stitching. While stitching I listen to Bananje Govindacharya’s pravachana (lectures). I like all his lectures. At present I am listening to his talk on The Gita. Other than his vast knowledge and the simple language in which he speaks I like the way he gets so involved in the stories. We can hear the emotion in his voice and that makes everything so personal. I am glad all his talks are in YouTube.

Yesterday we had been to Maikuri to see mava ( my father-in-law). He is fine. I told him you had asked me to convey to him your namaskaras. He too remembered that you had gone to Neerchal school for some days. (my doddamma and my father-in-law are related) According to the English calendar today is his birthday. He is 93. But mava follows the Hindu calendar and his birthday comes later. Till last year we used to offer pujas at home for Lord Shiva and Ganapati. Last year we went Madhur temple. It is tiring for him to sit for the homa and puje.


( Prayers offered to Lord Shiva by priests, this was in 2013)


( Homa for Lord Ganapati)

There we came to know that my husband’s cousin, Gopala had suffered brain haemorrhage more than a month ago and was in the hospital. On our way back we went to see him. His right side is paralysed and it was really very sad to see him like that. They will go to their home in three days. They have engaged a male home nurse to look after Gopala. We never know what will happen to us. I think every day we have to thank God for our good health. We reached home by 6.15.

Today evening Aravinda had his German classes. We dropped him there and went to our Cooperative society shop where we buy groceries. Now they are selling millets too. I got pearl millets and barnyard millets. I am thinking of making payasam (dessert made using coconut milk and jaggery)tomorrow from the barnyard millets, they look like like ragi (finger millets) but white in colour.
We are all fine here. I talk to Gayatri almost everyday. She sends videos and photos of Advaith and Kavya.
With love,
Hindu calendar – Wikipedia
Hindu calendar is a collective term for the various lunisolar calendars traditionally used in India. They adopt a similar underlying concept for timekeeping, but differ in their relative emphasis to moon cycle or the sun cycle and the names of months and when they consider the New Year to start. Of the various regional calendars, the most studied and known Hindu calendars are the Vikrami calendar …

Madhur Temple – Wikipedia
Madhur temple was originally Madarantheswara (Shiva) Temple and as the lore goes, an old women called Madaru from local Tulu Moger Community discovered an “Udbhava Murthy” (a statue that was not made by a human) of shiva linga.

Bannanje Govindacharya – Wikipedia

PadmaShri Shri Bannanje Govindacharya, is a great and rare Sanskrit scholar, well-versed in Veda Bhashya, Upanishad Bhashya, Mahabharata, Puranas and Ramayana.

Homa (ritual) – Wikipedia

Letter from Home-10 (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 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. The Covid has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. 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. It is amazing how some people have a knack for telling stories. Their tone, inflections all hook you and make you want to keep listening. I like the fact that the plant your husband’s cousin gave you is bearing fruit. I would venture that you often think about him as you enjoy the fruit.

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  2. I am thoroughly enjoying these letters. I have one question. What’s a jamun? In Mauritius we had a jambloon tree. It gives small dark purplish blue fruits the size of a big grape. They are soft and juicy. Could it be jamun?


      1. There was some confusion on my part San. We have a star-apple tree. And Jamun is what you have said. Here we have jamun with seeds and the hybrid variety. Both are tasty. Wr have planted the hybrid variety. Regards.


  3. wow – this was an awesome entry into another world for me. which is what all good writing does i suppose. thank you for letting us in. i was fascinated the whole way through!


  4. You have a real gift for communicating a slice of a life that is very different from our lives yet at the same time involves very similar human beings with very similar feelings. On a different note mava may be 93, but it is not too late to start following two different calendars and to have two different dates for his birthday. Then he receives two lots of presents and has two separate birthday parties.

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