Letter from Home-12 (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 (amma) 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,
We are all fine here. On Saturday, my doddamma’s younger brother and his wife were with us for lunch. We enjoyed their company very much, talking about long ago days. They came with their daughter, Suma and her husband to see their granddaughter who is studying here. They had last come here in the sixties when my doddamma’s another brother was working here. Suma and her husband took their daughter and her friends out for lunch. They came back at about four and before leaving for home they drove around the town. Kuvara (my husband) went with them to show the way. We were able to give star-apples and small jackfruits to Suma. We make various dishes from raw jackfruit. Suma’s mother grows Malabar spinach in her garden and she got a bundle for us.

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Yesterday morning I made whole wheat roti (we have to grind whole wheat, added grated coconut, green chillies, chopped onions and make a sort of pancake). I also added chopped spinach. It was tasty. A few days earlier I made chutney powder, to it I added roasted orange peel. It is very tasty if we like the taste of orange peel. Last week I tried some new things. I got barley, soaked and later cooked them to make usili. It was good. I was eating barley for the first time. There are many recipes using barley, I will try them some time.

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We have a breadfruit tree in out back yard. Due to the coconut trees we have more shade. So, this plant has gone up very high searching for light. There were many breadfruits but due to the increasing heat they are falling down. I made sambhar from the small one and the taste was ok. We hope more will not fall.

Yesterday evening we went to Malpe beach (Arabian sea). On one side there are narrow extensions into the sea. Some time ago one of the extensions was modified for people to walk on. It is called Malpe sea-walk. Being a Sunday there were many people but it was very nice to walk there. The sea breeze and the setting sun was beautiful. Many shipping boats were coming back. It was nice.

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Sea walk Malpe

We will go to Maikuri (where my father-in-law lives) for Vishu, but Kuvara is planning to go tomorrow. First, he will go to Madhur temple for morning puja. He will return Wednesday morning.
With love,

Basella alba – Wikipedia
Malabar spinach fruits (Zhuji countryside (Zhejiang, China), 2005). Vinespinach, (basella), raw; Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz) Energy

Dry Chutney Powders | Simple Indian Recipes
Dry Chutney Powders (Podi Varieties) – Some dry chutney powder recipes that can be prepared in bulk and stored. This can be served with white rice, idli, dosa, sevai, chappatti etc.

Usili recipe | Tarladalal.com | Member Contributed | #11345
The Usli Recipe – How To Make Usli at home. To prepare usli, Boil a combination of different sprouts like moong sprouts, red chana sprouts, kabuli chana sprouts and toss with raw banana, roasted peanuts and spices.

Vishu – Wikipedia
Vishu (Malayalam: വിഷു, “Bisu” in Tulu Language) is the astronomical new year Hindu festival celebrated in the Indian state of Kerala, Tulunadu region of Karnataka and their diaspora communities.

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.

Breadfruit – Wikipedia
Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis) is a species of flowering tree in the mulberry and jackfruit family originating in the South Pacific and eventually spreading to the rest of Oceania. British and French navigators introduced a few Polynesian seedless varieties to Caribbean islands during the late 18th century, and today it is grown in some 90 countries throughout South and Southeast Asia, the Pacific Ocean, the …

Letter from Home-12 (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. I did not go there in 2020. I started going in February but I have not been there for a month now because the number of Covid cases are increasing. There have been so many changes in our life, we will always remember the year 2020. 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. Your whole wheat roti with onions, coconut, spinach chillies look very attractive. I will try it, but sadly without chillies, which I love but cannot have because of my ulcer. Also I don’t know how to make sure it doesn’t harden when cooled, but I will try. Regards

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  2. It does seem that in this time with all the technology that the simple act of writing a letter is lost. It is wonderful hearing that you continue to use this communication with you family. The food pics look very inviting.

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  3. Thank you for sharing such a nice letter. It was interesting to see more than just a slice of your life. I also enjoyed the food descriptions–it all sounds wonderful!

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  4. It is always fun trying new foods and new recipes. The pictures of the sea look very calming and relaxing. I really enjoy the conversational tone of your letters.

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    1. Two burners Elizabeth. We get stove with four burners but I have not yet got around to buy it.😊 I have a separate oven but in our daily cooking we don’t need to use the oven.

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      1. That is interesting. Our gas is piped into our home. It is used to heat our house, heat our hot water and power our stove. We pay monthly for the amount used. Actually since heat is so much higher in the winter, we pay a set amount all year which evens out our expense.

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  5. Oh, I loved reading your letter and the peek into your kitchen. I love visiting the kitchen of someone who enjoys preparing wonderful food. …and I think that you do. I think cooking is a way to express love to family and friends. I really love it when my kids or grandkids come through my back door into my kitchen and tell me it smells yummy. Your whole wheat roti sounds marvelous. Pancakes or flat breads are always great with meals. Barley beef soup was a staple in our home when I was growing up. Blessings on your day!

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  6. Loved it!
    I don’t know how this place works. Can you please get some people to read the stuff I write? I mean, only if you like it. Can you please ask your followers to check out mine also? (OMG this is so cringeworthy-asking/begging people to read the stuff you write)


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