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Vacation in the hills-9 (Slice of Life)

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20-08-18
Dear doddamma,
Since yesterday we have been having a break from continuous rains. They are causing devastation in Coorg and many places in Karnataka and in Kerala. On Saturday, Kuvara’s old student had come to see him. She lives in Pondicherry but she is from Kerala. She said her home in her native place has been filled with water, her maternal uncle was missing but fortunately he returned. She said after the waters recede it will take people a long time to return to normal life. Such devastating rains came more than eighty years ago. It is really tragic. There will be so much suffering.

Two weeks ago we ate the last of the jackfruits from our tree. I have kept the raw jackfruit arils in the freezer to make dosa when Gayatri comes. I have also cooked ripe arils and have kept it in the freezer. Gayatri and children are coming here on November 8th. She will go to Banglaore when Vinay comes to stay with his parents. They will come here again and returning to Walldorf December end. Kavya and Advaith are fine. Advaith is having summer vacations. Kavya is sitting and also walking with support. She likes everything that Advaith does and is always laughing at his antics. They have a good time together.

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On the 10th Aravind’s friend came as examiner to a MA student. He also had to give a talk to first year MA students. He stayed with us. I made some of our dishes from ashgourd, horsegram, ridge gourd, boiled rice conjee and a dessert from mangoes. He enjoyed the food. He left Sunday afternoon. Morning he, Aravinda and Kuvara went to Udupi Sri Krishna temple. It was raining lightly. But they decided to go. He was happy that he could see the temple. His flight to Mumbai was at 6, he left home at 3.30 by taxi.

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Continuing about the last day of our trip. It is more than two months since we returned home. I am reliving those days as I am writing to you.Our stay in Nainital was very short, but interesting. Why is a place so popular with tourists? Our taxi driver, Sahil came at 11 o’clock and we started our return journey.
First, we stopped at View Point. We could see Nainital lake from there, it is about 1km long and ½ a km wide, in the shape of a mango. There are natural springs which prevent the lake from drying up. Fishing is not allowed, but boating is very popular. Sahil told us China Top and Tiffin Top are the highest peaks there. He said the Great wall of China was once visible from China top. There was a devastating landslide and the height of the peak was reduced. It was then renamed Naina Peak.

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From there we proceeded to a place called Lovers point and also suicide point. I really do not understand such places attract people. How can a place be lover’s point and a suicide point at the same time? Such a cynical pairing.
Our next stop was at a point from where we could see a lake called Khurpataal. Khurpa means cow’s hoof. The lake is in that shape. It looked very beautiful.

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We next stopped near Nainital lake. There was so much traffic on the main road and taxis were not allowed to halt for long. Our driver stopped for a minute by the side and asked us to get off the vehicle quickly. Near the lake there is a Masjid, a Gurudwara and a temple. There were people everywhere.

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I was reminded strongly of Istanbul, where there were tourists from all over the world. Here too the place was teeming with tourists. We first went to the Gurudwara, it was serene inside. We sat there for some time. We then walked on to Naina Devi temple.

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Usually near our temples there are many small shops selling all sorts of things and whatever is needed for puja in the temple. Here too it was the same. There were many shops selling trinkets, dresses, shawls, shoes and so on which attracted tourists. The temple had a good feel about it. Swami Vivekananda had been here. The number of tourists kept surprising us. At 1.30 we called Sahil and he told us to come by the side of the main road. We were talking about the number of tourists, the driver told us 80% of the people in Nainital depend upon tourism, 10% are in government jobs and 10% in other works. Our last day was a long one, so I will continue in my next mail.
With love,
Lakshmi

Vacation in the hills-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 am doing something in my own way. Twice a week I go to a home for the mentally challenged . This has enriched my life.
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.

12 replies on “Vacation in the hills-9 (Slice of Life)”

I’m really enjoying the stories from this trip. Thanks for sharing them.

It’s very sad to see the flooding in Kerala. It hasn’t really made the news so much here but many of the blogs and people on Instagram I’ve been following have been talking about it so I’m surprised that it hasn’t been talked about much in the newspapers and media. I hope things are resolved soon and people are able to get back to their normal lives as much and as quickly as possible.

I hadn’t heard of jackfruit being used in dosa. How do you use it and what is it like? I think I tried jackfruit by itself some time ago but haven’t eaten it often. Lately it’s becoming more and more popular as a “meat substitute” here – usually in dishes that have a very flavourful sauce like a Thai curry or BBQ. I’m curious to try it to see how it works.

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The situation is very bad in Kerala and in Coorg district of Karnataka. People have lost everything and they will have start life again. And it is being reported that most of it is due to people not really thinking about the consequences of what they are doing.

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Interesting! I’ve never seen that before. I did a search to see if I can find it here and while we might have all sorts of different kinds of dosa here, that’s one I’ll have to wait for a trip to your part of the world to try. Maybe someday!

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I too only learned of these floods from my blogger friends. In the U.S. right now all the news seems like a very bad reality tv show with crass behavior, lying and arguing. Where do the tourists come from?

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